Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, the 72 year old Democratic Representative from South Texas, has been elected to chair the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). He succeeds his fellow Texan, Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, in this role. Gonzalez is retiring at the end of this current session.
Hinojosa was the first vice chairman of the CHC most recently under Gonzalez’s leadership. The new vice chair will be Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (D – New Mexico), and the second vice chair will be Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D – California). And finally, incoming Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D – New Mexico) will serve as the whip. The CHC announced the changes in leadership via twitter.
Representative Hinojosa has served in the House of Representatives since 1997. He represents Texas’s 15th congressional district, which is a largely rural district that extends from the Rio Grande Valley to the Coastal Bend Region along the Gulf of Mexico. Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, which are in this district, are among the fastest growing metropolitan areas of the United States.