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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Turns 35

Dec. 7, 2011


Graphic on CHC 35th Anniversary

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) turns 35 today. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) will hold a celebration today in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Featured at the event will be Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, D-Texas, chairman of CHC and CHCI; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Reps Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., and Lucile Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., former chairman and former chairwoman, respectively, of CHC and CHCI; and other special guests.

The CHC was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the U.S> House of Representatives. Organized today as a congressional member organization, it is governed under the rules of the House.

On its website, the CHC says it "aims to address national and international issues and the impact these policies have on the Hispanic community."

CHCI was founded in 1978 by a small group of Hispanic congressional members. According to its website, CHCI was established with "the vision of bringing the promise of the American Dream to the next generation of Latinos."

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