Friday, October 23, 2009 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 12:07 PM

Good to know that 23 out of 28 Latino members of Congress are not Republicans, + 1 Independent. This article was published by
"Special Report: A Look at Hispanic Power on Capitol Hill. By Erick Galindo.

At 5%, the number of Hispanics in the 111th Congress may be small, but with two chairs, two vice-chairs and potent subcommittee chairs, their power and influence is grand.

Five of the 28 Hispanic members of the House sit on the Committee on Appropriations, which controls the government’s purse strings. It is considered one of the House’s most important committees. Even the Appropriations subcommittees are seen as powerful. Subcommittee chairs have been called “cardinals" because of the power they wield.

Democrat José Serrano (NY-16) has jurisdiction over the Treasury, Judiciary and National Security Council, among others, as the chairmen of the influential Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Service and General Government.

He is joined on Appropriations by fellow Democrats Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), Ciro Rodríguez (TX-23), Ed Pastor (AZ-04) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34).
Hispanics are also spread into other top committees such as Agriculture, Judiciary, Ways and Means, Homeland Security and Armed Services.
The high-ranking Permanent Select Intelligence Committee is chaired by Silvestre Reyes (TX-16). He is joined by Nydia Velázquez (NY-12), of the fast-rising Small Business Committee, as the only other Latino committee head.
Loretta Sánchez (CA-47), of Homeland Security, is one of two Hispanics serving as vice-chairs.

On the other side of the aisle, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) is the ranking Republican on the influential Foreign Affairs committee.
Of the 28 Hispanic House legislators, 23 are Democrats, four are Republicans and one is Independent.
After the recent retirement of Mel Martínez (R-FL), Bob Menéndez (NJ-D) remains as the only Hispanic sitting on the Senate side."
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