Maryland Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez received the John S. Martinez Excellence in Leadership Award at NHCSL Summit held last month in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“To be recognized by one’s peers in any professional or personal endeavor is the ultimate honor,” stated Delegate Sol Gutierrez. “I am deeply moved and truly grateful to my colleagues and friends at NHCSL for honoring my work as a legislator with this very special leadership award.”

Delegate Sol Gutiérrez made history as the first Latina to be elected as a Maryland state legislator to the Maryland House of Delegates (District 18, Montgomery County, Maryland) in November, 2002. Previously, she was elected to the Montgomery County (MD) Board of Education serving as president and vice president during two terms from 1990-98. She was the first Latina ever to serve on a Maryland school board, as well as the first Salvadoran-American elected to public office in the USA (1990).

The John S. Martinez Excellence in Leadership Award is named in honor of John S. Martinez, former State Representative of Connecticut and NHCSL President in 2001-2002. The award is presented annually to a Hispanic legislator who embodies passion, dedication and great achievement throughout his/her political career.


Comcast announced a $150,000 grant to the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators’ (NHCSL) John S. Martinez Scholarship Fund at the NHCSL Annual Summit in Puerto Rico. This commitment reinforces Comcast’s initiative to create education and employment opportunities for the Hispanic community and specifically impacts students in six states where Comcast provides products and services.

The John S. Martinez Scholarship Fund is focused on developing tomorrow’s Hispanic leaders through work experience and learning opportunities within the public service arena. The $150K Comcast Foundation grant will be applied over the next three years in support of this program developed by NHCSL.

“We know that education is key to any individual’s success and we are delighted to be part of this initiative,” said David L. Cohen, executive vice president for Comcast and chairman of the Comcast Foundation. “We are proud to be a part of NHCSL’s efforts to provide a well-rounded education and professional experience for Hispanic students in the communities we serve.”

Comcast is supporting this pilot program with legislators in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico and Ohio. Guidance and financial support will be provided to 24 Hispanic high school students selected by the NHCSL, Hispanic state legislators and educational institutions. Once selected, the students will serve as paid legislative interns to the Hispanic legislator in their respective states and will provide a youth perspective on relevant issues.

The Pew Hispanic Center released a fact sheet entitled Latinos and the 2006 Mid-term Election that uses exit polls to compare the Latino vote in the 2006 election to elections in 2002 and 2004. It also assesses the possible impact of the Latino vote in 2006 by looking at the Hispanic share of eligible voters in the most contested congressional races, the Latino vote in 30 House seats gained by Democrats and the outcome in districts with large shares of Hispanic voters. For more information visit

Health Report: Nine major health insurers formed the National Health Plan Collaborative with the goal of reducing health disparities. The report Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Improving Quality Health Care describes collaborative members’ activities to address disparities so far, and outlines their next steps to define why disparities exist and make recommendations to reduce them. For the full report visit:

State Legislation on Public Health (include Healthy States Logo – see NHCSL website)
Healthy States Report on 2005 & 2006 public health legislation (as of July 3, 2006). The report includes a legislative summary, list of bills introduced and the status of each. Download the entire 2006 report at

The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) is the preeminent organization representing the interests of 300 Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. Founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3, NHCSL is a catalyst and advocate for joint action on issues of common concern, such as health, education, immigration, homeownership and economic development to all segments of the Hispanic community. NHCSL also works to design and implement policies and procedures that will impact the quality of life for Hispanic communities; serves as a forum for information exchange and member networking; an institute for leadership training; a liaison with sister U.S. Hispanic organizations; a promoter of public/private partnerships with business and labor; and a partner with Hispanic state and provincial legislators and their associations representing Central and South America.