Top 10 Hispanics in Politics 2016


1. Catherine Cortez Masto – Cortez Masto was elected as the first Latina in the US Senate in 2016. She represents the state of Nevada. She is certainly a role model to other Latinas who aspire to be in politics or other executive positions. For her historic win we have ranked her in first place.

2, Marco Rubio –Rubio ran a positive campaign for President and suspended after he lost in his home state of Florida to Donald Trump. Nevertheless, he was reelected to his Senate position after defeating his Democrat opponent.

3. Ted Cruz – Cruz ran for President of the United States and in February 2016 he won the Iowa caucuses making him the first Hispanic person to win a U.S. presidential caucus or primary. He became the main challenger for Donald Trump but he stopped his campaign after losing to Trump in the Indiana primary. His popularity dwindled after he failed to endorse Trump during his speech at the Republican convention.

4, Susana Martinez– Martinez has the distinction of being the first Hispanic female governor in the United States. She was elected Governor of New Mexico in 2010 and she was reelected gain in 2014. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. She continues to be a role model to Hispanic women and other minorities.

5. Julian Castro – Castro is the former mayor of San Antonio and has served as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Barack Obama since 2014. He was also being considered as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton. He continues to be a role model for many Hispanics and for the younger generation.

6. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – Ros-Lehtinen has the distinction of being the first Latina elected to Congress representing the state of Florida. She is currently the most senior Republican in the United States House of Representatives.

7. Xavier Becerra – Becerra is a member of the United States House of Representatives for California’s 34th congressional district, and has represented Downtown Los Angeles in Congress since 1993. After Trump’s election his main concerns were immigration and the Affordable Care Act. In December 2016, Governor Jerry Brown nominated Becerra for Attorney General for the state of California.

8. Ana Navarro — Navarro is a leading Republican strategist who served as co-chair of Sen. John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council and as Gov. Jeb Bush’s Director of Immigration Policy. In 2016 we saw her more frequently on CNN where she is a political contributor and she shocked many when she declared that she would not support Donald Trump for President.

9. Nydia Velazquez – Velazquez has served in the United States House of Representatives since 1993 and in 2016 she continued to be a strong voice for immigration issues and in December she asked the Attorney General to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations of cyberhacking by Russia during the 2016 elections.

10. Bill Flores – Flores, a Republican has been the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 17th congressional district for several years and in 2016 he took a strong stand on securing the nation’s border. The areas he wants to focus on during 2017 is on repealing and replacing Obamacare, tax reform, fixing the regulatory environment and restoring the country’s national security. He may be a key Hispanic in the Trump administration.

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