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The Congressional Hispanic Conference

Congressional Hispanic Conference Announces Leadership for the 109th Congress

Ros-Lehtinen Re-elected as Chair, Fortuño is new Vice-Chair

February 17, 2005
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The Congressional Hispanic Conference. All rights reserved. 

- For Immediate Release -

Contact: Mario H. Lopez
(202) 225-2778

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional Hispanic Conference announced today the results of its election of officers for the 109th Congress.  Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) was re-elected as Chair, and freshman Luis Fortuño, Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico was elected Vice-Chair.

"I am deeply grateful to have my colleagues' trust as we continue to make the Congressional Hispanic Conference into an activist Congressional caucus that works for the betterment of all Hispanics in the U.S.," said Ros-Lehtinen.  "I would also like to congratulate my friend and colleague, Luis Fortuño, for his election as the Vice-Chair," she continued.  "I look forward to working with all the Members of the House to better formulate public policy so that all Hispanics can realize the American Dream of owning a home, paying less taxes, ensuring their children have access to the best educational programs our system has to offer and most important, to work for a Social Security system that is around for the children and grandchildren of every American."

Fortuño, who succeeds Devin Nunes (R-CA) as Vice-Chair, is the first Republican elected to Congress from Puerto Rico.  He was also elected Vice-President of the freshman class in the 109th Congress.

"I am honored and humbled to have been selected by my colleagues to serve as the new Vice-Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference," said Fortuño.  "I look forward to continuing to work with Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and all the members of the Conference to promote the interests of the more than 40 million Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent."

The Congressional Hispanic Conference was established nearly two years ago and works to promote the interests and preferred policy outcomes of the nation’s largest minority.  It currently has seven Full Members and ten Associate Members.

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