CONGRESSMAN LUIS V. GUTIÉRREZ – IL 4TH District
As the first Latino to be elected to Congress from the Midwest, Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez has been paving new paths throughout his eleven terms in Congress. He has fought to address the needs of all Americans, including Latinos and immigrants by working towards adoption of a safe, legal and orderly immigration system and helping immigrants achieve the goal of citizenship. Because of the Congressman’s outstanding leadership on immigration issues, he was appointed Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force
He is one of the Democratic Party’s leadings strategist and spokespersons on immigration issues. He has been at the forefront of the effort to pass historic, bipartisan immigration reform legislation and helped guide the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to passage in the House of Representatives in 2010. He has committed himself to the betterment of his diverse district, his state, and his country.
SECRETARY OF STATE CESAR A. PERALES – NEW YORK
In 2011, Cesar A. Perales was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as Secretary of State and Senior Policy Adviser to the Governor. Secretary Perales is at the helm of the New York State Department of State, one of the most dynamic economic development agencies in state government. Secretary Perales established the New York State Office for New Americans, the first statewide network of opportunity centers assisting new immigrants to become part of the family of New York. Mr. Perales also served as Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Jimmy Carter and NYC Deputy Mayor. As co-founder of Latino Justice PRLDEF, he created opportunities for thousands of people through his ground-breaking cases combating racial discrimination, protecting voting rights and advancing worker’s rights.