HISPANIC POLITICAL LEADERSHIP FACTS
5,850 Latinos currently serve in elected offices nationwide, in all levels of government.
9 Hispanics serve in statewide offices, including the office of governor.
Robert Menendez (D), New Jersey
Marco Rubio (R), Florida
U.S. House of Representatives:
24 Latinos serve in the 112th Congress
17 are Democrats
7 are Republican
7 are Latina
68 Latino state senators serve in state legislatures across the country
State Lower Houses:
183 Latinos state representatives serve in state legislatures across the country
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund is pleased to provide its seventh Directory of Latino Elected Officials in CD-ROM format, in addition to the printed version.
Currently, we can report that 5, 850 Latinos are serving in elected office. The top four states with the largest number of Latino elected officials were Texas, California, New
Mexico, and Arizona. However, there was rapid growth in regions outside the
Southwest, including Illinois, New Jersey, and other states which have emerging Latino
The Directory provides the complete content of the paper version of the Directory in one Adobe PDF file entitled 2011 Directory. Additionally, you can print out each individual section of the Directory from separate PDF files.
These sections are:
- Latino Members of Congress: This includes a list of all Latino U.S. Senators
and Representatives, and their Capitol Hill and district contact information;
- State Sections: Each state section includes a statistical portrait of the Latino
elected officials in the state, followed by the listing of each official;
- Index: Includes an alphabetical list of each Latino elected official
in the Directory, which indicates their state, level of office and the page
number on which they appear; and
- Excel Database. This CD-ROM also contains a listing of all of the Directory’s
Latino elected officials in a Microsoft Excel database.
In the last 15 years, there has been a 53% increase in the total number of
Latinos serving in elected office from 3,743 in 1996 to 5,850 in 2011.
A NALEO Educational Fund comparison [link] of Latino elected officials
in 1996 and 2010 reveals that in both years, Latino elected
officials tended to be concentrated in the Southwest.
In 1996, Latino elected officials served in 34 states; by 2010, that number had
increased to 43. Between 1996 and 2010, the number of Latina elected officials
grew faster than the number of male Latino officials û the number of Latinas
increased by 105%, compared to 37% for male Latinos. As a result, the Latina
share of all Latino elected officials grew from 24% in 1996 to 32% in 2010.
To order your copy of the Directory of Latino Elected Officials, please contact:
NALEO Educational Fund
1122 W. Washington Blvd., 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, California 90015
Tel: 213-747-7606, ext. 4448