For Immediate Release
November 3, 2010

Contact: Patricia Guadalupe (202) 546-2536
Cell (202) 509-6316
pguadalupe@naleo.org


RECORD NUMBER OF LATINO REPUBLICANS TO JOIN NEW CONGRESS

WASHINGTON, DCThe National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund released the following statement regarding the composition of the 112th U.S. Congress:

“The 112th Congress that convenes next January will have a record number of Latino Republicans in the U.S. House, and a new member in the U.S. Senate:

  • Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio becomes the one Hispanic Republican
    member of the U.S. Senate since retired Senator Mel Martínez held the seat.

  • In Idaho’s 1st district, Raúl Labrador becomes the first Latino to represent the state in
    the U.S. Congress. He defeats Rep. Walter Minnick (D).

  • In Florida’s 25th district, former Florida State Representative David Rivera defeats former
    Executive Director of the Cuban American National Foundation Joe García (D).


  • In Texas’ 17th district, businessman and political newcomer Bill Flores defeats longtime
    Rep. Chet Edwards (D). Flores becomes the first Republican Latino to represent that district.

  • In Texas’ 23rd district, businessman Francisco Canseco defeats Rep. Ciro Rodríguez (D).

  • In Washington State’s 3rd district, Representative Jaime Herrera becomes the state’s first Latina
    to represent the state in the U.S. Congress, defeating businessman Danny Heck.

Several of these candidates successfully ran in districts which do not have Latino majorities, demonstrating that Latinos are able to run in non-Latino districts and can have broad appeal across all ethnicities and communities.

These new members-elect will join newly reelected members Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Díaz-Balart of Florida for a record total of eight Republican Latinos in both chambers.

Last night’s election saw losses for two Latino members of the U.S. House Ciro Rodríguez (D) of Texas and John Salazar (D) of Colorado. The NALEO Educational Fund thanks them for their service, and we are confident they will continue to be active members of our community.

The result of the race between Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D) and R. Blake Farenthold (R) is yet to be determined.

The NALEO Educational Fund is currently conducting analyses of exit polls and other data to show the impact Latino voters have had on key competitive races across the country this election cycle.”

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The NALEO Educational Fund is the nation's leading non-partisan, non-profit organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.