When nobody knows, but it’s very possible that the United States will have a Latino president in the future.
Some Americans may say, “No Way!”
Come January, a record 43 Latinos elected to Congress will take the oath of office. Several are moving up in leadership roles in Congress. New Mexico’s Rep. Beth Ray Lujan will move into the fourth highest position in Democratic leadership, becoming the highest ranking Latino in the history of the House. In the Senate, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto will become the first Latino ever in charge of the Democratic Party’s campaign arm for Senate races.
Ten of the Latinos coming to Congress are incoming freshmen.
Among the 43 Latino members who will be taking the oath are 35 Democrats and only eight Republicans. The GOP needs to attract more Latinos.
A power base for the Latinos in Congress is the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Set to serve as chairman is Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas. Priorities include immigration reform, reconstruction in parts of Puerto Rico hit by a hurricane, cutting the cost of health care and dealing with climate change.
The AP reported that Latinos are America’s largest minority and make up 18 percent of the nation’s total population. Their impact is soft because of their low electoral turnout.
According to the AP VoteCast, the AP nationwide survey of the electorate in the November midterms, 67 percent of Hispanic voters said they disapprove of how President Trump is handling the presidency, while about one-third approve.
Among the newly elected Latinos is a Republican, Anthony Gonzalez, who said he has a serious responsibility since he is the first Latino from Ohio ever elected to Congress. His district has only a 2 percent Hispanic population. He had these words of wisdom: “The Republican Party has to look more like America. It just does.” His grandmother left Cuba in 1960, shortly after Fidel Castro took control of Cuba.