CHCI and CHLI Welcome Hispanic Members of the 112th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) welcomed Hispanic American members of the 112th Congress at a reception on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at Union Station in Washington, D.C. The event gathered a bipartisan crowd in support of the organizations' missions to develop the next generation of Latino leaders and advance the diversity of thought in the Hispanic community, respectively.

"I look forward to working with these two superb organizations on the issues that matter to Hispanics, because our issues of importance are also the issues that matter to all Americans," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, CHLI Board Member and CHCI Advisory Council Member. "Working together we can build better communities in which our children can grow and prosper, and together we will build a better nation for ALL Americans. There is much to be done, but I have no doubt that we will accomplish great things through hard work and bipartisanship."

"As we begin a new session in Congress, it is critical that we rededicate our support for CHCI and CHLI as they promote education, public service and civic engagement among Latino youth," said CHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez. "As the Latino youth population continues to grow, we must rise to the challenge to meet its needs and shape the Latino community leaders of tomorrow."

The program, featuring celebrity host Natalie Morales, NBC Co-Host and National Correspondent, Today, focused on the 2010 Census results and the growing political strength of the Latino community; the national imperative that U.S. economic future prosperity is critically tied to the success of the growing Latino population; the rich diversity within the Latino community; and the need for the Latino community in all sectors to work together to ensure all Hispanic Americans have the ability to achieve the American dream.

The beginning of the 112th Congress equals the largest number of Latinos in history, with 31 members in the House and the Senate, the same number that entered the 111th Congress.

New Hispanic American members include: Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Rep. Francisco Canseco (TX-23), Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17), Rep. Jaime Herrera (WA-3), Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID-1), and Rep. David Rivera (FL-25).

Returning members include: Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ), Rep. Joe Baca (CA-43); Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-31); Rep. Dennis Cardoza (CA-18); Rep. Jim Costa (CA-20); Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28); Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-21); Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez (TX-20); Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-7); Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-4); Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15); Rep. Ben R. Luján (NM-3); Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano (CA-38); Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-21); Rep. Ed Pastor (AZ-4); Res. Comm. Pedro Pierluisi (PR); Rep. Silvestre Reyes (TX-16); Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18); Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34); Del. Gregorio Sablán (NMI); Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-39); Rep. Loretta Sánchez (CA-47); Rep. José E. Serrano (NY-16); Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-13); Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-12).

About CHLI
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI, pronounced "chili") is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, based in Washington, D.C., that advances the diversity of thought in U.S. Hispanic community in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as in the international community. For more information, please visit You may also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (chlinstitute) and LinkedIn.

About CHCI
CHCI is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. CHCI directly impacts the lives of more than 1,700 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, scholarships, Ready to Lead (R2L®) college readiness program, and R2L NextGen program. CHCI NextOpp is its latest resource allowing young Latinos to save, search and share life-changing opportunities for Latinos across the United States.

The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. Visit, or join us on Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

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