October 2, 2011

LATINOS IN POLITICS

  
The Latina Book Club celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with all things and people Latino, including politicians.  Here are a few of the many who have served and still serve today.  How many do you know?



SONIA SOTOMAYOR
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
First Hispanic Justice and third female confirmed.

HERMAN BADILLO
 former U.S. Representative (NY-D)
former Bronx Borough President
former Deputy Mayor of New York City
First Puerto Rican to be elected to these posts and be a mayoral candidate in the continental U.S.



UNITED STATES SENATE

Only seven Senators have been Hispanic to-date, with only two serving currently.

SENATOR ROBERT "BOB" MENENDEZ
New Jersey


SENATOR MARCO RUBIO
Florida


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
The first Hispanic Representative was ROMUALDO PACHECO from California, 1877-1883.
There have been 42 Representatives since 1877;
currently, there are 24 Hispanic Representatives serving.


HOUSE DELEGATES
(Since 1901, has been the non-voting member from Puerto Rico.)


PEDRO PIERLUISI


And I can't close this montage without including the most famous of Puerto Rico's Delegates:


Luis Muñoz Marín
Puerto Rican poet, journalist and politician.
First democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico.
Considered the "father" of modern Puerto Rico.
 He was instrumental in changing the status of Puerto Rico from a territory to a "commonwealth."



COMMENT:  What other Latino politicians do you know?