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Rep. Angela Romero

Angela Romero is the President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators and the Minority Leader in Utah's House of Representatives.

Rep. Arturo Alonso-Sandoval

An engineer and first generation American, Rep. Arturo Alonso Sandoval (OK-89) represents south Oklahoma City as one of the youngest elected officials in the legislature.

Rep. Rafael Anchía

Rafael Anchía is currently serving his ninth term in the Texas Legislature representing Dallas, Farmers Branch and Irving.He is a co-founder and Managing Director in the global investment firm, Civitas Capital Group; he also serves as Of Counsel at the largest law firm in Dallas, Haynes and Boone.

Rep. Karen Alzate

Rep. Karen Alzate (D-60) serves in the Rhode Island Legislature as chairwoman of the House Special Legislation Committee, second vice chair of the House Labor Committee, and part of NHCSL Executive Committee.

Asm. Mia Bonta

Mia Bonta was elected to serve California’s 18th Assembly District in a special election on August 31, 2021. Before joining the Assembly she worked for and led several nonprofit organizations focused on improving educational outcomes for low-income students.

Sen. Flavio Bravo

For Sen. Flavio Bravo (AZ-D26), education has always been a priority. Prior to the State Senate, he served in the State House and sat on the Government and Regulatory Affairs Committees. He Currently serves as Vice Chair in the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislator's Education Task Force.

Rep. Marisabel Cabrera

Representative Marisabel Cabrera (WI-9) is an entrepreneur, immigration attorney, and former chair of the Latino Caucus of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. An attorney by trade, she’s a member of Voces de la Frontera and currently serves as the chair of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission.

Rep. Juan Candelaria

Rep. Juan Candelaria is the President-Elect of NHCSL, and will begin his tenure in December 2025. He has served New Haven’s 95th District since 2002. At the start of the 2017 General Assembly session, Rep. Candelaria was named to the leadership role of Deputy Speaker, the first Latino to hold the position. He is also a member of the Appropriations and Education committees.

Sen. Sandra Cano

Senator Sandra Cano is the Chairwoman of the Rhode Island Senate Committee on Education and a member of the Committee on Finance.

Asw. Wendy Carrillo

Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (CA-51) immigrated to the United States as a young child during El Salvador’s Civil War. She was a broadcast journalist for twelve years covering human rights, global conflict and US politics. She also worked in communications for SEIU and for a member of the Los Angeles City Council.

Sen. Cristina Castro

Senator Cristina Castro (IL-22) is the Vice President for Public Policy of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Prior to her election on December 2021, she served as a Midwest Region Chair. Senator Castro has served in the Illinois Senate since 2017.

Rep. César Chávez

Arizona State Representative César Chávez was first elected in 2016 to represent the 29th Legislative District in the Arizona House of Representatives, with his district covering the areas of Maryvale, South Glendale, and Litchfield Park. He is in his second term in the Arizona State Legislature and is serving his first full term as Vice President for Membership at NHCSL.

Asw. Catalina Cruz

Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz (NY-39) has the privilege of representing one of the most diverse districts in the nation. Her first legislative session was one of the most progressive in recent New York history. She is an experienced attorney and a leader for tenant protections, immigration reform and workers’ rights. She has led the charge on rent reform.

Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Pérez

Senator Nilsa I. Cruz-Pérez (NJ-5), a former U.S. Army Sergeant, is the Chair of NHCSL's Veterans and Military Affairs Task Force.

Asw. Maritza Dávila

Assemblywoman Maritza Dávila (NY-53) has a strong community organizing background on issues like education, healthcare, public safety, domestic violence, affordable housing, open space, and economic development. She has helped found a local credit union; organized dozens of merchant, tenant, and block associations; secured lifeline benefits for struggling residents; provided job training and quality affordable housing for hundreds of families; educated on lead paint; and supported numerous organizations and initiatives to empower and protect women.

Sen. Luz Escamilla

Senator Luz Escamilla (UT-1) was the first Latina elected to the Utah State Senate and the first immigrant elected to the Utah State Legislature in 2008. She serves as Utah's Senate Minority Whip, and as Chair of NHCSL's Banking, Insurance and Credit Task Force since 2018.

Rep. Leonela Felix

Rep. Leonela "Leo" Felix is a member of the Rhode Island General Assembly, representing HD-61 in Pawtucket, and serves on the House Judiciary Committee. Elected in 2020, she is a dedicated legislator committed to progressive change.

Sen. David Gallegos

Sen David Gallegos (NM-61) is Senior Superintendent for Ramirez and Son’s Inc, his family’s fifth generation-Asphalt and Dirt Work Company. In 2012, He was the first Hispanic elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives for District 61. He has traveled to China to increase trade with New Mexico and he works closely with Focus on the Family.

Rep. Jessica González

Representative Jessica González (TX-104) has dedicated her legislative time to reforming our criminal justice system, expanding voting rights, and fighting for affordable housing. She currently serves as Chair of NHCSL's Human and Civil Rights Task Force.

Rep. Alma Hernández

Representative Alma Hernández (AZ-3) is a healthcare consultant and a professor of healthcare policy and innovation. She led Arizonans United for Healthcare and is a board member at Jewish Family Children’s Services of Southern Arizona. She serves on the Health and Human Services and the Federal Relations committees of the Arizona House.