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Congressional Hispanic Caucus

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Leadership: Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)
Established 1976
Members 26
Website Congressional Hispanic Caucus

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the U.S. House. It is now classified as a Congressional Member organization and is governed by U.S. House rules. The CHC was originally bi-partisan but is currently composed of only Democrats, as the Republican members left in the late 1990s.

According to the official website, the CHC "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. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands."[1]


The CHC was founded in 1976 by five Hispanic Congressmen: Herman Badillo, Baltasar Corrada del Rio, Kika de la Garza, Henry Gonzalez and Edward Roybal. In the late 1990s, the Republican members of the caucus left due to policy differences. They later founded the Congressional Hispanic Conference in 2003.[2]


113th Congress

CHC Leadership[3]
Member Party State
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa - Chairman Democratic Party Texas
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan - 1st Vice Chair Democratic Party New Mexico
Rep. Linda Sanchez - 2nd Vice Chair Democratic Party California
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham - Whip Democratic Party New Mexico
CHC Members[4]
Member Party State
Rep. Xavier Becerra Democratic Party California
Rep. Joaquin Castro Democratic Party Texas
Rep. Jim Costa Democratic Party California
Rep. Henry Cuellar Democratic Party Texas
Rep. Raul Grijalva Democratic Party Arizona
Rep. Luis Gutierrez Democratic Party Illinois
Sen. Robert Menendez Democratic Party New Jersey
Rep. Grace Napolitano Democratic Party California
Rep. Ed Pastor Democratic Party Arizona
Rep. Pedro Pierluisi Democratic Party Puerto Rico
Rep. Tony Cardenas Democratic Party California
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic Party California
Rep. Gregorio Sablan Democratic Party Northern Mariana Islands
Rep. Pete Gallego Democratic Party Texas
Rep. Jose Serrano Democratic Party New York
Rep. Albio Sires Democratic Party New Jersey
Rep. Nydia Velazquez Democratic Party New York
Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic Party California
Rep. Raul Ruiz Democratic Party California
Rep. Loretta Sanchez Democratic Party California
Rep. Juan Vargas Democratic Party California
Rep. Joe Garcia Democratic Party Florida

Task forces

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is composed of eight task forces that focus on issues of great importance to the Hispanic Community:[5]

  • Civil Rights
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Education and Labor
  • Financial Services, Manufacturing and Commerce
  • Healthcare
  • Homeland Security, Veterans and Defense
  • Immigration
  • Information Technology and Telecommunications

Recent news

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