Monday, April 15, 2024

Latinos Have a Breakthrough After Midterm Elections for Congress

Democratic Rep.-elect Marie Gluesenkamp Perez defeated Republican Joe Kent, flipping a key Washington House seat. She credits her victory partly to support from BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Gluesenkamp claims that BOLD PAC “was one of the only ones that saw the opportunity, that believed in me,” while almost no other national organization endorsed her during her race.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., chairman of BOLD PAC, introduced the Democrat Latinos that were elected to Congress. BOLD PAC spent a record $6 million to endorse their candidates during the races.

According to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, there are 38 Latinos in Congress, 28 of them Democrat, the other 10 Republican. After the election, however, that number has increased to at least 45 in the next Congress, with 34 Democrats and 11 Republicans. It will be the first time Latinx legislators make up over 10% of the 435-member House of Representatives.