As part of its wide-ranging, multiplatform political and electoral coverage, Univision News presents a special digital report that provides a comprehensive overview of Hispanics in public office across the United States over the last two decades: “Latinos en Power.”
Using data from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), “Latinos en Power” presents a clear picture of how Hispanics have been gaining political power since 1996 and filling positions at the top, including in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Department of Justice, state governorships, and even the Supreme Court. In fact, the number of Latinos in public office has grown 65%, from 3,743 in 1996 to 6,176 in 2016, with Hispanic women driving that growth – over one third of Hispanic elected officials today are women, and next year the U.S. Senate could welcome its first Latina, Representative Loretta Sanchez from California, who is currently running for senator. However, Hispanics continue to be underrepresented politically, holding only 1% of the country’s elected local, state and federal offices despite making up 17% of the total U.S. population.
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