Rep. Raul Ruiz Elected Chair of Congressional Hispanic Caucus

December 8, 2020
Press Release
A Physician by Trade, Ruiz Will Lead Caucus Through Pandemic, 117th Congress

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) elected Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) to lead the Caucus during the 117th Congress. With the global pandemic and an economic crisis that have disproportionately impacted Latino communities, the CHC will be at the forefront of American policy during the 117th Congress and the incoming Biden Administration.

Statement from Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD:

“I am grateful and honored to have earned the vote and confidence of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus members to lead the Caucus through the 117th Congress. I am grateful to Chairman Castro who has done an incredible job leading us through the last two years, and I want to thank Representative Escobar for her valuable contributions to the Caucus.

“Hispanics make up the largest minority population in the United States. For too long, they have experienced systemic inequalities and disparities in health, health care access, education, economic opportunity, housing, environmental justice, and more. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified those disparities with Hispanics having one of the highest rates of infections and deaths from COVID-19.

“We must come together as a nation to rectify these inequalities; safely, rapidly and equitably end the pandemic; and build back better. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus members are amongst the most talented and respected leaders in Congress, and my goal is to amplify their collective expertise and strengths to expand our influence and ensure the promise of America is accessible to the 60 million Hispanics living in this great nation today. I look forward to the work ahead to advance public policy that creates lasting change for Hispanic Americans across the country.”

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