Tuesday, May 28, 2024

National Latino Congreso Urges the President-Elect to Include more Latinos in his Administration

Earlier this week, the National Latino Congreso (NLC) presented a list of qualified Latinos to fulfill key positions in President- Elect Obama’s Cabinet to top transition team officials. The NLC applauded the selection of Governor Bill Richardson as Secretary of Commerce, but reminded the President-Elect’s team, “that the past administrations have had several 2-3 Latinos serving in top posts and others serving in top White House Posts.” As reported here last Wednesday, similar efforts were made by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which also submitted a list of possible candidates to the President-Elect. Their list included Latino members of Congress Hilda Solis (D-CA) and Linda Sanchez (D-CA), John Salazar(D-CO), Raul Grijalva(D-AZ), and Ruben Hinojosa ( D-TX).

In a press release the NLC declared, “Today, prominent Latinos are prepared with the proper experience and skill to serve President-Elect Obama at the highest levels in the Cabinet and White House.” Below, you will find the list of the individuals recommended by the NLC.

Secretary of Transportation
Honorable Fabian Nuñez
Maria Contreras-Sweet

Secretary of Interior
Honorable Raul Grijalva
Honorable Patricia Madrid

Secretary of Labor
Linda Chavez-Thompson
Honorable Linda Sanchez
Henry Solano
Tom Perez

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Honorable Nydia Velazquez
Honorable Adolfo Carrion
Honorable Manny Diaz
Nelson Diaz

Under Secretary of Education
Dr. Ana (Cha) Guzman
Francisco Garcia

Administrator of the Environment Protection Agency
Honorable Hilda Solis

US Trade Representative
Honorable Xavier Becerra

Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Gilbert Casellas

The White House, Assistant to the President in the White House Director of Faith Based Community Initiative
Andrew Hernandez

The White House, Assistant to the President for Personnel
Albert Jacquez

Justice Department, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
John Trasviña
Tom Saenz

About the NLC: The National Latino Congreso is an annual national policy and political gathering of national Latino organizations and elected officials. The event is convened by the following organizations: Southwest Voter Registration Education (SVREP), Hispanic Federation (HF), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC), William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI).

For more information please visit Latino Congreso.org