Congressional Hispanic Conference elects its leaders

Ramón Díaz-Balart and Tony Gonzales were re-elected as co-chairs of a group that welcomed 8 new members.

Ramon Diaz-Balart and Tony Gonzales have been re-elected as the leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Conference. Both will serve as co-chairs of the House Hispanic group. With the arrival of eight new members, the Conference reached its highest number of members since its creation.

Diaz-Balart, one of the co-founders of the Conference, pointed out that the growth of minority representatives, especially Republicans, is a clear example of what is happening in the country. "The rise in representation of minorities, including Hispanics, among Republicans in Congress proves that Americans are fed up with irresponsible Democrat policies that have led to skyrocketing inflation, record gas prices, and an unprecedented border crisis. As a conference, I look forward to working together to advance the priorities and values of our constituents and working on real solutions for the American people," he said.

Hispanics "fed up with irresponsible Democratic policies."

Co-Chair Gonzales, who served as vice chair of the caucus during the last legislature, highlighted the weight of the Latino community in society and in the House of Representatives: "As the nation’s largest minority, Hispanics deserve a strong vote and voice in Congress. Hispanics play a vital role in our democracy and must be actively engaged in the critical issues facing our nation. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Conference to promote the interests of Hispanic communities across the country, and fighting for values like smaller government, economic opportunity, and individual liberty."

The number of Hispanic congressmen has risen to 18, following the arrival on Capitol Hill of Juan Ciscomani, Lori Chávez-DeRemer, Mónica De La Cruz, Anthony D'Esposito, John Duarte, Anna Paulina Luna and George Santos. These seven first-term representatives were joined by Delegate James Moylan of Guam, who will be a non-voting member of the Caucus.

The CHC, founded in 2003, seeks to emphasize both domestic and international issues that have a significant impact on the U.S. Hispanic community. In addition, the Conference represents the diversity of thought that exists in the Hispanic community.