Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, talks about paintings the depict scenes from the rural parts of his congressional district, May 18, 2009. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)

Congressional Hispanic Caucus elects Ruben Hinojosa as new chair

Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, 72, a South Texas Democratic Representative, has been elected to chair the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).

“I want to thank my colleagues for showing their support as I proudly take on the role of the Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus,” Hinojosa said. “For 36 years the CHC has focused on legislative priorities covering all areas that have a direct impact on the Hispanic or Latino community. We will continue to bring new ideas and new vigor to pave our way towards our great future in this country.”

Hinojosa said the 113th Congress will have 30 Latinos, the largest Hispanic group in the nation’s history. “The recent presidential election proves that the Latino vote is a crucial voting bloc. No longer will our voices be silenced. No longer will we be placed in the back of the line.”

Charles A. Gonzalez, the current chairman, is retiring and lauded Hinojosa.

“Congressman Hinojosa’s passion for extending opportunities to Hispanic youth was demonstrated by his tireless efforts on the CHC’s Education Task Force and as First Vice Chair,” he said. “I look forward to seeing how his abilities as a strong leader and advocate, combined with the largest delegation of Latinos to ever serve in Congress, will advance the issues most vital to our community.”

The new vice chair will be Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (D – New Mexico), and the second vice chair will be Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D – California). Incoming Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D – New Mexico) will serve as the whip.

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