3:19 pm - Thursday February 25, 7836

Hispanic Heritage Month Candidate and Member of the Day



Congressman Albio Sires was born in Bejucal, Cuba. In 2006, Congressman Sires was elected to represent New Jersey’s 13thCongressional District. Following the 2010 census, Congressman Sires ran for reelection in the 8th District, covering much of the old 13thCongressional District. During his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Sires served on the Financial Services Committee. There he focused on housing, introducing legislation to aid public housing authorities and supporting housing for low-income seniors.


In an ongoing effort to shape livable, safe, and dynamic communities, Congressman Sires is a member of both the Democratic Caucus’ Livable Communities Task Force and the Congressional Urban Caucus. He works with the other members of Congress in these groups to promote legislation that focuses on creating safe and more livable communities in which families have equal access to education, economic, housing and transportation opportunities.Congressman Sires serves on two Committees: Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure. On the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Sires is the Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee as well as the Europe and Eurasia Subcommittee. He is focused on improving human rights and freedoms across the globe and building international partnerships to improve our nation’s security.


Jorge Elorza is a Providence native, former Housing Court Judge, law professor, accountant, and community activist. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he grew up in poverty and nearly didn’t graduate from high school. With the support of a loving family, he was able to turn his life around and went on to graduate first in his college accounting class and then later from Harvard Law School. The murder of a close childhood friend brought him home to Providence where he served his community as a pro bono attorney, helping low-income families avoid homelessness. He is running for Mayor to make sure that the opportunities that gave him a pathway out of poverty are passed on to the next generation of Providence’s children.



Filed in: community / comunidad