December 22, 2006

Hispanic Caucus Applauds Speaker-Elect Pelosi’s Continued Commitment to Diversity in Leadership

Washington, DC – This week, Speaker-Elect Nancy Pelosi with the nomination of Rep. Becerra to be Assistant to the Speaker, has now nominated three Congressional Hispanic Caucus members to lead committees and senior leadership posts.

“We are very pleased to have members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have, through their hard work, earn key appointments in both leadership and as chairs of major committees,” said Rep. Napolitano, chair of the CHC. “We applaud Speaker-Elect Pelosi for continued dedication to diversity in her leadership of the Caucus and of key committees. We look forward to working with leadership to address the important issues facing the nation.”

Rep. Xavier Becerra, a former CHC Chair, was asked by Speaker-Elect Pelosi to serve as Assistant to the Speaker. Rep. Becerra is a 14 year veteran and the first Hispanic to serve on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. As Assistant to the Speaker Rep. Becerra will be a key part of Democratic leadership, and will work closely with the Speaker-Elect to help lead the Caucus.

“I want to thank the Speaker for her trust and confidence in me as we all begin this new, exciting journey. The New Direction is the right direction for America, and I look forward to helping Speaker Pelosi and my colleagues in the House implement this forward thinking policy agenda,” Rep. Becerra.

On December 8, 2006, Rep. Nydia Velazquez was nominated and unanimously approved to chair the Committee on Small Business. Rep. Velazquez came to congress in 1992 as the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to Congress. She has been a national leader for Hispanics in the small business community and served as Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee since 1998. Rep. Velazquez is the first Hispanic woman to ever chair a full committee.

On December 6, 2006, Rep. Solis was named Vice Chair of the powerful Steering Committee, by Speaker-Elect Nancy Pelosi. The Steering Committee is responsible for developing policy for the Democratic Caucus and makes recommendations on appointments and committee assignments for Members. Since her election to Congress, Rep Solis has served as leader in Women’s issues, particularly women’s health and was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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