Washington, DC- Congresswoman Linda Sánchez issued the following statement today after she was elected to serve as the next Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus:


“I thank my colleagues for entrusting me with the responsibility to lead the Congressional Hispanic Caucus,” said Rep. Sánchez. “I take great pride in the opportunity to lead a caucus that has significantly grown in numbers and in influence over the last several years.


Congresswoman Sánchez congratulated the newly-elected CHC Board:


CHC First Vice Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)

CHC Second Vice Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20)

CHC Whip Ruben Gallego (AZ-7).


“As the Hispanic population continues to grow in our country, I look forward to working with Congressional leaders and our CHC membership to elevate our voice in advocating for issues that are important to our community, including comprehensive immigration reform, voting rights, economic opportunity, and education.


“Our new CHC board is energized and ready to tackle the issues ahead in the next Congress.”


During the 113th Congress, Congresswoman Sánchez served as CHC Second Vice-Chair and as CHC Civil Rights Task Force Chair. She currently serves as Ranking Member on the House Ethics Committee and as a member of the House Ways & Means Committee.


Congresswoman Sánchez was the first Latina to serve on the House Judiciary Committee and on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.