Latino Elected Officials in America
Latino candidates continue to reshape the nation’s political landscape, emerging victorious in contests at all levels of office and in both political parties.
According to research on Latino representation conducted prior to Election 2014 for the 2014 NALEO Directory of Latino Elected Officials, nearly 6,100 Latinos are serving in elected office nationwide.* This is up from the 4,853 Latino elected officials who held office in 2004, an increase of 25 percent. The four states with the largest number of Latino elected officials are Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona.
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2014 also marked another year of steady growth in the number of Latina elected officials serving in office. NALEO Educational Fund found 2,099 Latinas serving in elected office, comprising nearly 35 percent of the total number of Latino elected officials nationwide. This number marks a 47 percent increase from 2004, when only 1,427 Latinas were serving in an elected official capacity.
*The foregoing data pertain to the Latino elected officials who held office as of June 2014 (for State Officials and Representatives) or as of January 2014 (for all other elected officials).
Latinos Serving in the 114th Congress
Latino representation in the U.S. House of Representatives increased by one in the 114th Congress, bringing the total number of Latinos currently serving in the House to 29. The 29 Latino U.S. Representatives join the three current Latino U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), who were not up for reelection in 2014.
Comprising the largest class of Latinos serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in history, the 114th Congress features five new Latino Members of Congress.
The 114th Congress features a change in partisan composition among Latinos in the U.S. House of Representatives, shifting from 23 Democrats and five Republicans in the 113rd Congress to 22 Democrats and seven Republicans.
*A full roster of Latinos serving in the 114th Congress is available here.
1st Latino Representative from W Va.
Latinos in Statewide Executive Office
12 Latinos currently serve in statewide executive office, including several Latinos who are making history. These individuals include:
California Secretary of State
and NALEO President
Alex Padilla (D)
Illinois Lieutenant Governor
Evelyn Sanguinetti (R)
New England Statewide Official
Nellie Gorbea (D)
Texas Land Commissioner
George P. Bush (R)
*A full roster of Latinos serving in statewide office is available here.
Latinos in State Legislatures
The number of Latinos in state legislatures reached a new record. As of January 2015, there are 302 Latinos serving in the state legislatures of 38 states, with 73 serving in State Senates and 229 serving in state lower houses.
Latinos serving in State Senates include 65 Democrats and 8 Republicans. Shifts in geographic representation as a result of Election 2014 include Latino gains in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii and Kentucky, with losses in California and Missouri. Notable Latino victories in Election 2014 at the State Senate level include:
First Latino State Legislator Elected in Kentucky:
Ralph Alvarado (R-KY-28)
As of January 2015, there are 175 Latino Democrats and 54 Republicans serving in state lower houses. Immediately after Election 2014, the Latino gains at the state lower houses were due to the success of Latino Republican candidates, with Latino Democrats losing 3 seats and Latino Republicans gaining 11 seats. Notable changes or contests at the state lower houses include the following:
First Latina State Legislator Elected in Alaska:
First Latina Republican State Legislator Elected in Nevada:
Victoria de la Guerra Seaman (R-NV-34)
*A state-by-state breakdown of Latinos serving in state legislatures nationwide is available here.