Meet the new Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Nydia Velazquez from NY’s 12th Congressional District. She replaced “Working Joe” Baca as the chair of this ‘oh so influential’ congressional committee. She was unanimously elected. I wonder if Linda and Loretta Sanchez will come back to the CHC now that Joe Baca is no longer the jefe in charge. Congresswoman Velazquez is rockin’ the cholita eyebrows in this pic, but let’s give her the benefit of the doubt. This Caucus needs more than a makeover. Maybe she will channel her inner chola and fight harder and smarter for us than did “Working Joe.”
As for the rest of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez is the next vice chair, Rep. Hilda Solis will serve as second vice chair and Rep. John Salazar is the whip.
In other congressional news, Rep. Xavier Becerra was elected vice chairman by House Democrats. He is the only Latino on the Congressional Democratic party leadership team. Congrats to Congressman Becerra. And Rep. Raul Grijalva was elected co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, where he pledges to, “to move (the CPC) to the next level and continue to advance our progressive agenda in an effective and pragmatic manner.” Onward with your progressive self, Congressman Grijalva!
Photo Credit: Congresswoman Velazquez’s official photo