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About the CHC

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is comprised of 21 Members of Congress of Hispanic descent. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States and Puerto Rico. The CHC was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives. Today, the CHC is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. A congress is a gathering of people, especially a gathering for a political purpose. ... Hispanic, as used in the United States, is one of several terms used to categorize persons whose ancestry hails either from Spain, the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America, or the original settlers of the traditionally Spanish-held Southwestern United States. ... A caucus is most generally defined as being a meeting of supporters or members of a political party or movement. ... The United States House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States. ...



The Congressional Hispanic Caucus aims to address national and international issues and the impact these policies have on the Hispanic community. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda. In addition to covering legislative action, the CHC also monitors Executive and Judicial issues. The judiciary, also referred to as the judicature, consists of justices, judges and magistrates among other types of adjudicators. ...



CHC legislative priorities cover all areas that have a direct impact on the Hispanic community. In order to best address these diverse issues, members work in smaller task forces that draw on their expertise and develop priority legislation within each area. Legislation refers to the process of enacting statutory laws, or to the set of statutory laws in a state. ...


Membership of the CHC

Officers:

Chair: Grace Flores Napolitano (CA-38) (D) Grace Napolitano Grace Flores Napolitano (born December 4, 1936), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the 38th District of California (map). ...


1st Vice Chair: Joe Baca (CA-43) (D) Joe Baca (born January 23, 1947), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the 43rd District of California. ...


2nd Vice Chair Raúl Grijalva (AZ-7) (D)


Whip Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) (D) Lucille Roybal-Allard Lucille Roybal-Allard (born June 12, 1941), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 34th District of California (map), which includes Downtown Los Angeles. ...


Membership

Xavier Becerra (CA-31) (D) Xavier Becerra Xavier Becerra (born January 26, 1958), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 31st District of California (map), which is based in Hollywood. ...


Dennis Cardoza (CA-18) (D) Cardoza (left) meets with a constituent from Patterson, California during a town hall meeting. ...


Jim Costa (CA-20) (D) Jim Costa (born April 13, 1952) is a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of California. ...


Henry Cuellar (TX-28) (D) Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, defeated James Hopson to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004. ...


Charles A. Gonzalez (TX-20) (D) Representative Charlie Gonzalez Charles A. Gonzalez (born May 5, 1945), is a Democratic politician from Texas. ...


Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-4) (D) Luis Vicente Gutierrez (born December 10, 1953), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 4th District of Illinois. ...


Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) (D) Rubén E. Hinojosa (born August 20, 1940), American politician, has been the Democratic representative for the Texas 15th congressional district (map) in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997. ...


Robert Menendez (NJ-13) (D) Bob Menendez receiving the Rutgers medal Robert Menendez (born January 1, 1954) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. ...


Solomon Ortiz (TX-27) (D) Solomon Porfirio Ortiz (born June 3, 1937) is a politician from the state of Texas. ...


Ed Pastor (AZ-4) (D) Edward Lopez Pastor (born June 28, 1943), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing the 4th District of Arizona. ...


Silvestre Reyes (TX-16) (D) Silvestre Reyes (born November 10, 1944) is a politician from the state of Texas. ...


John Salazar (CO-3) (D) John Salazar John T. Salazar (born July 21, 1953) is a Democrat from Colorado, was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004, representing the states third Congressional district (map). ...


Linda T. Sánchez (CA-39) (D) Linda Sánchez Linda T. Sánchez (born January 28, 1969), an American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing the 39th District of California (map). ...


Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) (D) Loretta Sánchez (born January 7, 1960), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997. ...


José Serrano (NY-16) (D) José Serrano José Enrique Serrano (born October 24, 1943) is a New York politician, currently representing the states 16th Congressional district (map), in the United States House of Representatives. ...


Hilda Solis (CA-32) (D) Hilda Solis Hilda L. Solis (born October 20, 1957), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing the 32nd District of California (map). ...


Nydia Velázquez (NY-12) (D) Nydia Velázquez Nydia Margarita Velazquez (born (March 28, 1953 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico) became the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. ...


Related Websites:

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Website


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute


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Congressional Hispanic Caucus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (256 words)
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is comprised of 21 Members of Congress of Hispanic descent.
The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States and Puerto Rico.
The CHC was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives.
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