Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham, who represents New México’s 1st District, was elected as the chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) last week. She will serve a two-year term, succeeding U.S. Rep. Linda Sánchez, as the leader of the prominent group of Hispanic members of Congress.
The Caucus also selected the following members to serve on the leadership team for the 115th Congress: CHC 1st Vice Chair: Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), CHC 2nd Vice Chair: Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), and CHC Whip: Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-31).
Congresswoman Luján Grisham released the following statement following the CHC election: “I want to thank my colleagues for entrusting me with the great responsibility of leading the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the 115th Congress. As the next Chairwoman, I intend to continue building on the many accomplishments we have achieved this Congress and ensure that the Caucus is leading the fight to support Hispanic communities and protect families across this country.
“CHC will face many challenges given the outcome of the presidential election and the political environment in the next Congress. However, now more than ever, the CHC needs to demonstrate unity and strength in order to effectively combat dangerous rhetoric and regressive policies proposed by President-elect Trump aimed to tear families apart and hurt the communities we represent.
“Hispanics represent $1.9 trillion in purchasing power, and we will shape the future of our great nation. Hispanic businesses have been a driving force in my home state of New México; we have specifically seen significant growth among Hispanic women entrepreneurs. It’s up to the CHC to develop a strong economic agenda to highlight the economic impact of Hispanic communities and create more opportunities for Hispanic-owned business and entrepreneurs.
“I am proud to say that CHC received unprecedented support from voters in this election, which increased our membership to a record-breaking total of 31 Caucus members. We must build off this momentum and support, and I believe that the CHC has an obligation to step up and lead during these uncertain times.”