List of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States Congress

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This is a list of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have served in the United States Congress.

Senate

Picture Senator Party State Term Hispanic Ancestry; Place of birth Reason for leaving
Sen. Montoya Judah P. Benjamin Democrat Louisiana 1853-1861  Spain; born in United States Saint Croix, United States Virgin Islands Resigned when Louisiana seceded from the Union
Sen. Larrazolo Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo Republican New Mexico 1928-1929  Mexico; born in Chihuahua, Mexico Retired
Sen. Chavez Dennis Chavez Democrat New Mexico 1935-1962  Spain; born in United States Los Chaves, New Mexico Died in office
Sen. Montoya Joseph Montoya Democrat New Mexico 1964-1977  Spain; born in United States Peña Blanca, New Mexico Defeated
Sen. Sununu John E. Sununu Republican New Hampshire 2003-2009  Cuba; born in United States Boston, Massachusetts Defeated
Sen. Martinez Mel Martínez Republican Florida 2005-2009  Cuba; born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba Resigned to become a lobbyist and partner at international firm DLA Piper.1 Was also a former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Sen. Salazar Ken Salazar Democrat Colorado 2005-2009  Mexico; born in United States Alamosa, Colorado Resigned to become United States Secretary of the Interior
Sen. Menendez Bob Menendez Democrat New Jersey 2006–present  Cuba; born in United States New York, New York
Sen. Rubio Marco Rubio Republican Florida 2011–present  Cuba; born in United States Miami, Florida
Sen. Cruz Ted Cruz Republican Texas 2013–present  Cuba; born in Canada Calgary, Alberta, Canada

House of Representatives

Picture Representative Party State Term Reason for leaving
Rep. Pacheco Romualdo Pacheco Republican California 1877-1878, 1879-1883 Retired and was also the first and only Hispanic Governor of California and the first Hispanic Governor in the United States.
Rep. Hernandez Benigno C. Hernández Republican New Mexico 1915-1917, 1919-1921 Retired
Rep. Montoya Néstor Montoya Republican New Mexico 1921-1923 Died in office
Rep. Chavez Dennis Chavez Democrat New Mexico 1931-1935 Elected as the United States Senator for New Mexico
Rep. Fernandez Joachim O. Fernández Democrat Louisiana 1931-1941 Defeated
Rep. Fernandez Antonio M. Fernández Democrat New Mexico 1943-1956 Died in office
Rep. Montoya Joseph Montoya Democrat New Mexico 1957-1964 Elected as the United States Senator for New Mexico
Rep. Gonzalez Henry B. Gonzalez Democrat Texas 1961-1999 Retired
Rep. Roybal Edward R. Roybal Democrat California 1963-1993 Retired
Rep. de la Garza Kika de la Garza Democrat Texas 1965-1997 Retired
Rep. Lujan Manuel Lujan, Jr. Republican New Mexico 1969-1989 Resigned to become United States Secretary of the Interior
Rep. Rangel Charles B. Rangel Democrat New York 1971–present
Rep. Badillo Herman Badillo Democrat New York 1973-1977 Resigned to become Deputy Mayor of New York City and later joined the Republican Party
Rep. Garcia Robert García Democrat New York 1978-1990 Resigned and jailed due to the Wedtech scandal
Rep. Martinez Matthew G. Martinez Democrat (served as a Republican from July 27, 2000 to January 3, 2001) California 1982-2001 Lost re-nomination and joined the Republican Party
Rep. Richardson Bill Richardson Democrat New Mexico 1983-1997 Resigned to become United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Rep. Ortiz Solomon P. Ortiz Democrat Texas 1983-2011 Defeated
Rep. Torres Esteban Edward Torres Democrat California 1983-1999 Retired
Rep. Bustamente Albert Bustamante Democrat Texas 1985-1993 Defeated and convicted of accepting bribes and racketeering in 1993 and was sentenced to 42 months in prison
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican Florida 1989–present First female Hispanic and first Cuban American elected to Congress
Rep. Serrano José Serrano Democrat New York 1990–present
Rep. Pastor Ed Pastor Democrat Arizona 1991–present
Rep. Tejeda Frank Tejeda Democrat Texas 1993-1997 Died in office
Rep. Menendez Bob Menendez Democrat New Jersey 1993-2006 Resigned to accept appointment as a United States Senator from New Jersey
Rep. Becerra Xavier Becerra Democrat California 1993–present
Rep. Bonilla Henry Bonilla Republican Texas 1993-2007 Defeated
Rep. Diaz-Balart Lincoln Diaz-Balart Republican Florida 1993-2011 Retired
Rep. Gutiérrez Luis Gutiérrez Democrat Illinois 1993–present
Rep. Roybal-Allard Lucille Roybal-Allard Democrat California 1993–present
Rep. Velázquez Nydia Velázquez Democrat New York 1993–present
Sen. Sununu John E. Sununu Republican New Hampshire 1997-2003 Retired to successfully run for the United States Senate election in New Hampshire, 2002
Rep. Reyes Silvestre Reyes Democrat Texas 1997-2013 Lost re-nomination
Rep. Rodriguez Ciro Rodriguez Democrat Texas 1997-2005, 2007-2011 Defeated
Rep. Hinojosa Rubén Hinojosa Democrat Texas 1997–present
Rep. Sanchez Loretta Sanchez Democrat California 1997–present
Rep. Baca Joe Baca Democrat California 1999-2013 Defeated
Rep. Gonzalez Charlie Gonzalez Democrat Texas 1999-2013 Retired
Rep. Napolitano Grace Napolitano Democrat California 1999–present
Rep. Solis Hilda Solis Democrat California 2001-2009 Resigned to become United States Secretary of Labor
Rep. Diaz-Balart Mario Diaz-Balart Republican Florida 2003–present
Rep. Grijalva Raúl Grijalva Democrat Arizona 2003–present
Rep. Nunes Devin Nunes Republican California 2003–present
Rep. Sánchez Linda Sánchez Democrat California 2003–present
Rep. Cuellar Henry Cuellar Democrat Texas 2005–present
Rep. Salazar John Salazar Democrat Colorado 2005-2011 Defeated
Rep. Sires Albio Sires Democrat New Jersey 2006–present
Rep. Luján Ben R. Luján Democrat New Mexico 2009–present
Rep. Canseco Francisco "Quico" Canseco Republican Texas 2011-2013 Defeated
Rep. Flores Bill Flores Republican Texas 2011–present
Rep. Herrera Jaime Herrera Republican Washington 2011–present
Rep. Labrador Raúl Labrador Republican Idaho 2011–present
Rep. Rivera David Rivera Republican Florida 2011-2013 Defeated
Rep. Cardena Tony Cardenas Democrat California 2013–present
Rep. Castro Joaquín Castro Democrat Texas 2013–present
Rep. Gallego Pete Gallego Democrat Texas 2013–present
Rep. Garcia Joe Garcia Democrat Florida 2013–present
Rep. Lujan-Grisham Michelle Lujan Grisham Democrat New Mexico 2013–present
Rep. Negrete McLeod Gloria Negrete McLeod Democrat California 2013–present
Rep. Ruiz Raul Ruiz Democrat California 2013–present
Rep. DeSantis Ron DeSantis Republican Florida 2013–present
Rep. Vargas Juan Vargas Democrat California 2013–present
Rep. Vela Filemon Vela, Jr. Democrat Texas 2013–present

House Delegates (non-voting members)

Representative Party Territory Term
Joseph Marion Hernández Whig Florida Territory 1822-1823
José Manuel Gallegos Democrat New Mexico Territory 1853-1856, 1871-1873
Miguel Antonio Otero Democrat New Mexico Territory 1856-1861
Francisco Perea Republican New Mexico Territory 1863-1865
José Francisco Chaves Republican New Mexico Territory 1865-1867, 1869-1871
Trinidad Romero Republican New Mexico Territory 1877-1879
Mariano S. Otero Republican New Mexico Territory 1879-1881
Tranquilino Luna Republican New Mexico Territory 1881-1884
Francisco Antonio Manzanares Democrat New Mexico Territory 1884-1885
Pedro Perea Republican New Mexico Territory 1899-1901
Federico Degetau Insular Republican Puerto Rico 1901-1905
Tulio Larrinaga Unionist Puerto Rico 1905-1911
Luis Muñoz Rivera Unionist Puerto Rico 1911-1916
Félix Córdova Dávila Unionist Puerto Rico 1917-1932
José Lorenzo Pesquera Non-Partisan Puerto Rico 1932-1933
Santiago Iglesias Coalitionist Puerto Rico 1933-1939
Bolívar Pagán Coalitionist Puerto Rico 1939-1945
Jesús T. Piñero Popular Democratic Puerto Rico 1945-1946
Antonio Fernós-Isern Popular Democratic Puerto Rico 1946-1965
Santiago Polanco Abreu Popular Democratic Puerto Rico 1965-1969
Jorge Luis Córdova New Progressive Puerto Rico 1969-1973
Jaime Benítez Popular Democratic Puerto Rico 1973-1977
Baltasar Corrada del Río New Progressive Puerto Rico 1977-1985
Jaime Fuster Popular Democratic Puerto Rico 1985-1992
Antonio Colorado Popular Democratic Puerto Rico 1992-1993
Carlos Romero Barceló New Progressive Puerto Rico 1993-2001
Aníbal Acevedo Vilá Popular Democratic Puerto Rico 2001-2005
Luis Fortuño New Progressive Puerto Rico 2005-2009
Pedro Pierluisi New Progressive Puerto Rico 2009–present

See also

References

  1. ^ Snyder, Jim. "Ex-Sen. Martinez to join DLA Piper as partner". TheHill.com. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 







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