Washington, D.C. - Puerto Rican Democratic Representatives Nydia Velázquez (New York) and Darren Soto (Florida) are part of former Vice President Joe Biden's Latino Leadership Committee. Next month, Biden has to be announced as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. presidency.
Former Obama´s Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and former Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solís and will serve as co-chairs of the Committee, which is composed of 42 Democratic leaders.
“I am running to build an America that works for everyone, and giving Latinos a shot at the American dream is a core part of my vision for this nation,” said yesterday former Vice President Joe Biden in making the announcement.
This core group also includes other Puerto Ricans: Rhode Island
Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea; Georgia State Representative Pedro Marín; Florida State Senator Víctor Torres and DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair and Illinois State Senator Iris Martínez.
Democratic Representatives Raúl Grijalva (Arizona), Adriano Espaillat (New York), and Rubén Gallego (Arizona) are other members of the committee who are well-known on the island. Grijalva is the chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, which has primary jurisdiction over the affairs of Puerto Rico.
The Latino Leadership Committee is composed of representatives from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New México, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Committee was established to reflect the diversity within the Latino community.
“With 32 million Latinos eligible to vote, Latinos will be the largest non-white voting bloc in this upcoming election,” said former Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar.
Meanwhile, Solís added that she is “honored to be leading the charge in mobilizing my Latino brothers and sisters to ensure that Donald Trump is a one-term president.”