3:06 pm - Friday September 26, 3197

Newly Elected Hispanics in Congress

Washington D.C.: Chairman Charles A. Gonzalez (TX 20) released the following statement regarding the results of last night’s election:

“It has been said many times over the airwaves, but last night proved without a doubt that Hispanic voters are paying attention and can be counted in great numbers.

“With last night’s election results, the CHC welcomes Tony Cardenas, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Dr. Raul Ruiz and Juan Vargas of California; Joaquin Castro, Pete Gallego and Filemon Vela of Texas; Joe Garcia of Florida and Michelle Luján Grisham of New Mexico. These new members will bring their experience and leadership to benefit the CHC and will enrich Congress not only with their understanding of the Hispanic community, but with what is needed for our nation.

“The Latino vote has demonstrated its essential role in local, state and presidential elections and the 2012 election will be remembered as the cycle that showed just how critical it is to understand the issues that affect the Hispanic community. Strident and extreme positions and the lack of support for legislation promoting public education, affordable health care and economic policies that increase opportunities for Latino communities did not go unnoticed.

“Last night, the Republican Party that believes it can derive its success from dividing Americans was shown that it is on a wrong course. The CHC and its new members are dedicated to reaching out in good faith to House Republicans so that we can engage in a constructive dialogue and we are hopeful that they will join us and President Obama in finding common sense solutions that challenges facing America today.”

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and

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