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Thursday February 1st, 2018 :: 03:46 p.m. PST

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National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials release the status of Latino representation in the US

Santa Ana, CA - "The National Association of Latino Elected or Appointed Officials (NALEO) announced Latino political representation in the United States reaching new heights in 2017. The data reveals a remarkable 6,600 Latinos serving as elected officials and represents a 10 percent increase since 2013. The increase in Latino elected officials is of significant importance to our Santa Ana community and our nation. It is truly an honor and a privilege to represent our Santa Ana community and to be a part of this historic time,” said Councilmember Vicente Sarmiento.

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today released its comprehensive analysis of Latino political representation in the United States published in the 2017 National Directory of Latino Elected Officials.

NALEO Educational Fund research found that 6,600 Latinos are serving in elected office, up from 6,011 in 2013, an increase of nearly 10 percent. This historic number includes four U.S. Senators, including the first Latina U.S. Senator, the Honorable Catherine Cortez Masto, 34 U.S. Representatives, 13 State Officials, 80 State Senators and 246 State Representatives.

The new data shows significant gains in the number of Latino elected officials serving at the highest levels of office. Since 2013 the number of Latinos in Congress increased from 31 to 38, while the number in statewide office increased from eight to 13. The number of Latinos serving in state legislatures also grew, rising from 281 to 326 during this period.

2017 also marked continued gains among Latina elected officials. Directory analysis found that more than one of every three (36.4 percent) Latino elected officials is a Latina. Between 2013 and 2017, the number of Latinas serving in elected office grew faster than their male counterparts – increasing by 17 percent, compared to male Latinos, who increased by six percent.

Now in its thirty-third year in production, the National Directory continues to serve as a useful resource to both identify Latino representatives and to measure the civic activity of the Latino community. Additional information can be found in the 2017 National Directory of Latino Elected Officials here: http://www.naleo.org/pra_dir_2017.

*Source: NALEO Educational Fund, 2017 National Directory of Latino Elected Officials. The data reflect Latino elected officials who held office as of November 2017 (for Members of Congress and State Legislators) or as of January 2017 (for all other elected officials).

CONTACT:

Amanda Bosquez, abosquez@naleo.org (202) 546-2536, (361) 548-6989 (cell)

Daniel Ramirez, dramirez@naleo.org (213) 747-7606 ext. 4422, (805) 223-0225 (cell)

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About NALEO Educational Fund
NALEO Educational Fund is the nation's leading non-profit, non-partisan organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

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