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Congressional Hispanic Caucus


Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Hispanic Caucus meeting at the White House in 2009

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) comprises 26 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.

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 and other Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda. In addition to covering legislative action, the CHC also monitors Executive and Judicial issues.

CHC legislative priorities cover all areas that have a direct impact on the Hispanic or Latino community. In order to best address these diverse issues, members work in smaller Congressional Hispanic Conference. Senator Bob Menendez, a Cuban American Democrat from New Jersey, is currently the only member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus from the Senate.


  • History 1
  • Past Chairs 2
  • Controversies 3
  • Membership 4
    • Officers 4.1
    • Other Membership 4.2
      • Current 4.2.1
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 5
  • Pictures 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) was organized in 1976 by five Hispanic Congressmen:

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Website
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^ Nancy Harbert, Ed., 60 for 60: Shaping Law in New Mexico Since 1950 (2010)
  3. ^ Sanchez Accuses Democrat of Calling Her a 'Whore,' Resigns from Hispanic Group at
  4. ^ Two More Reps. Complain About Treatment of Women in Hispanic Caucus at
  5. ^ a b Women Call for Change in Caucus at The Washington Post
  6. ^ Rep. Baca wags finger at Sanchez for closing office for César Chávez Day at The Hill
  7. ^ Linda Sanchez Leaves Hispanic Caucus at
  8. ^ Filemon Vela explains his resignation from Congressional Hispanic Caucus, says immigration foes are ‘extracting a pound of flesh’ as price of reform at The Houston Chronicle
  9. ^ Rep. Filemon Vela quits Congressional Hispanic Caucus to protest lawmakers’ acceptance of border ‘militarization’ at The Houston Chronicle
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See also

Caucus members in 1984
Caucus members in 1984 
Nydia Velázquez with Members of the Hispanic Caucus
Nydia Velázquez with caucus members 


[13] In October 1981, the

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute


Other Membership



On June 30, 2013, Congressman Filemon Vela, Jr. resigned from the CHC, citing opposition to the Senate immigration bill which the CHC endorsed, saying: "Opponents of serious immigration reform are extracting a pound of flesh in this process by conditioning a pathway to citizenship on the construction of more ineffective border fence."[8][9] The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has received support over the years from Mexican billionaire, Ricardo Pliego and Azteca America.[10] Andres Ramirez, a Nevada political consultant, and Kevin de Leon, the President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, have worked together to get money from Azteca America to various caucus groups and political campaigns, as Pliego is a known rival to Carlos Slim, whom both deLeon and Ramirez have attacked through the use of phony groups such as Two Countries One Voice. Ramirez has appeared at functions for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.[11] The effort to recruit past students and fellows involved in programs of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus causes some political bloggers to speculate over the effort by California State Senator Deleon and his colleague California State Senator Jim Beall to use their legislative staffs, some of whom have been involved in programs of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, to take over several local groups of California Democratic Party State Central Committee delegations for the purpose of establishing control for deLeon and his allies.[12]

On Monday, April 2, 2007, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez closed her offices in honor of César Estrada Chávez Day, a state holiday in California (which fell on a Saturday that year). CHC chair Baca made the following comment on Sánchez's decision to close the office "I believe the best way to observe César Estrada Chávez Day is not by taking the day off from work or school."[6] On April 12, Linda Sánchez announced that she had "suspended her membership in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, citing a need for 'structural reforms to ensure that the caucus is more equitable and inclusive of all its members.'" She specifically stated that her decision "was not based on personal animus directed at Baca."[7]

A year prior to the "whore" incident, The CHC's Political action committee gave $3,000 to Joe Baca's children's campaigns for state offices in California. Although Baca recused himself from the decision to make the contributions, six members of the caucus criticized the decision, saying that CHC's PAC should support only federal candidates. Consequently, on November 15, 2006, when Joe Baca was elected chair of the CHC, Solis and the Sanchez sisters challenged his election, saying that the voting should have been done by a secret ballot.[5]

On January 31, 2007, a story on the website reported that Rep. Joe Baca had called Rep. Loretta Sanchez a "whore" in a conversation with Speaker of the California Assembly Fabian Núñez, prompting Sanchez to resign from the CHC. Rep. Baca has denied this charge,[3] but two other CHC members, Linda Sánchez (Loretta's sister) and Hilda Solis, expressed support for Loretta Sanchez.[4] In the case of Solis, Baca called her "'a kiss-up' to Speaker Nancy Pelosi," for which he has apologized to Solis both privately and publicly.[5]


Past Chairs

The goal was to work in conjunction with other groups, both inside and outside Congress, to strengthen Federal commitment to Hispanics and heighten the community's awareness of the operation and function of the American political system. [2]

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