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CHCI’s Statement on the Passing of Puerto Rico’s former Resident Commissioner Baltasar Corrada del Río

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of Congressman Baltasar Corrada del Río.

Congressman Baltasar Corrada del Río was a longtime public servant who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Puerto Ricans as well as Latinos all across the country. From his various political offices in Puerto Rico, to his successful career in U.S. Congress, he was a shining example of how dedication to civil service can make a difference in the world around us.

As a champion for the Latino community, Congressman Baltasar Corrada del Río is credited with being one of five founding members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in 1976. Two years later, three of the original members, including Congressman Baltasar Corrada del Río, established the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) whose programs would serve the national Latino community. Today, CHCI has directly served and empowered thousands of students and has touched countless other individuals.

“I am saddened by the news of Congressman Baltasar Corrada del Río’s passing and send my deepest condolences to his friends and family during this time. Congressman  Baltasar Corrada del Río paved the way for the advancement of Latinos in Congress, and was an invaluable asset to minority activism, helping establish the CHC and CHCI. I am grateful for his public service and will honor his memory for years to come,” said Congressman Joaquin Castro, CHCI Chair.

“Baltasar Corrada del Río was a visionary leader and will be greatly missed. On behalf of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, I offer my condolences to his family and friends. His legacy will continue to live on through his life’s work and the innumerable lives he has touched,” said Domenika Lynch, CHCI President and CEO.