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Washington D.C. – January 8, 2018. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) will honor newly elected and re-elected Hispanic members of Congress with a swearing-in ceremony and welcome reception on January 9, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Congressional Auditorium of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The incoming 116th Congress features a record-breaking number of Hispanic American members (42) and the largest number of members (39) for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).

The Swearing-In Ceremony and Welcome Reception convenes more than 400 supporters and guests in celebration and recognition of Latino leadership in Congress. The ceremony will feature speeches by CHC Chair Rep. Joaquin Castro, CHCI Chair Rep. Ruben Gallego, along with remarks by special guests House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Charles Schumer. The reception serves as a networking and fundraising event, bringing together the CHCI Board and Advisory Council, partners, supporters, program participants and alumni.

“Forty-one years ago, five visionary leaders of the Latino community came together to create CHCI, and their vision and leadership shines bright today,” says Domenika Lynch, CHCI President and CEO. “It’s because of their dedication to uplifting our communities that we can celebrate the advancement of Latino representation in Congress today. We are excited to welcome a new generation of Latino leaders on Capitol Hill and celebrate the largest group of Hispanic members of Congress in our nation’s history.”

Representative Ruben Gallego, incoming CHCI Chair, states that “CHCI plays an important role in providing opportunities for young people to grow and flourish in our nation’s capital and beyond, developing future Latino and Latina leaders. We look forward to continuing our hard work to build and maintain a pipeline of emerging talent that will one day lead multi-national corporations, serve in government agencies, non-profits, and other industries as we do our part to strengthen the current and future workforce in our country.”

The confirmed Hispanic members taking part in the ceremony are:

 CHC Leadership

Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), CHC Chair

Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), CHCI Chair & CHC First Vice Chair

Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA-44) CHC Second Vice Chair

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) CHC Whip

Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16) CHC Freshman Representative

By Seniority

Rep. José E. Serrano (NY-15)

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)

Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32)

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3)

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38)

Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)

Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-8)

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (NM-3) Assistant Speaker

Rep. Gregorio Sablan (MP)

Rep. Tony Cárdenas (CA-29)

Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51)

Rep. Norma J. Torres (CA-35)

Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)

Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46)

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)

Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (PR)

Rep. Darren Soto (FL-9)

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)

Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA-39)

Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19)

Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (Il-4)

Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29)

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)

Rep. Michael San Nicolas (Guam)

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2)

Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-3)

CHCI Swearing-In Ceremony and Welcome Reception Agenda:

5:00 pm: General Pre-Reception

6:00 pm: Swearing-In Ceremony

6:45 pm: Welcome Reception


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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. The nonprofit was established in 1978, by three Hispanic Members of Congress to ensure a diverse and inclusive leadership pipeline and is comprised of Hispanic/Latino Members of Congress, nonprofit leaders, and corporate executives guiding the Institution’s mission forward. CHCI directly impacts the lives of more than 1,700 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, and R2L NextGen program. For more information or to get involved, visit and follow @CHCI on social media.