Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced that Republican Representative Juan Ciscomani will be in charge of delivering the Republican Address in Spanish to Joe Biden during the State of the Union.
I'm proud to tap @RepCiscomani to deliver this year's Republican Address to the Nation in Spanish.
His story is nothing short of inspirational: as a young boy, he and his family immigrated to the United States with the profound intuition that in America, anything is possible. pic.twitter.com/HmA4co7qOv
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) February 2, 2023
Delivering a speech at the State of the Union Address in Spanish is a common practice in Congress due to the growing presence of the Spanish-speaking community in the United States. Ciscomani was proud to be able to respond to the president in his native language.
Humbled and honored by the opportunity to deliver the Republican Address to the Nation in Spanish following the State of the Union.
My message is simple: The American Dream is a dream worth fighting for.
Mi mensaje es sencillo, el sueño americano merece ser defendido. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/PSglNMJm02
— Rep. Juan Ciscomani (@RepCiscomani) February 2, 2023
Juan Ciscomani: a newcomer in Congress
Juan Ciscomani represents District 6 in Arizona. He is one of the newcomers to Congress. In the November midterms, he won his seat by a small margin of votes (+1.5%) over his opponent, Democratic Party candidate Kirsten Engel, and joined the House of Representatives for the first time.
He is the first Hispanic American-born citizen to represent Arizona in Congress. Previously, he was a member of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board, where he worked with former Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
As a native of Hermosillo, Mexico, he immigrated to Tucson with his parents when he was young. He is married and has six children. There is a phrase his father told him that he likes to share often:
Where else could we have our story? We come to the US, learn English, immerse in the culture, become US citizens, I drive a bus most of my life, and now my son is a United States Congressman. Where else in the world? Nowhere else, that’s the American Dream.