The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) held its annual Impact Awards Reception Nov. 15 at the National Association of Broadcasters' headquarters in Washington, D.C..
NHMC honored Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., with Impact Awards for their outstanding service and commitment to the Hispanic community.
"There are many people doing great things along the nation, more so than we realize, and we need to honor them," said Alex Nogales, president and CEO of NHMC. "In the case of the congresswoman and the senator, it's only fair that we should pay homage to those that are doing incredible work and looking out for our community."
Menendez started his political career as a U.S. representative in 1993, and was sworn into the U.S. Senate in 2006. He currently serves on the Senate committees on finance; banking, housing and urban affairs; and foreign relations.
U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., with their awards from the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
In 1992, Roybal-Allard became the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress. At the top of her agenda are efforts to increase access to health care, create affordable housing, modernize and upgrade public schools, improve school safety, increase the federal minimum wage, reduce the high Latino drop-out rate, preserve Social Security and Medicare, and stimulate economic growth to create new jobs.
"Our work in Washington, D.C., would be that much more difficult without the friendly ears and open doors of leaders like Senator Menendez and Congresswoman Roybal-Allard," said Jessica Gonzalez, vice president of policy and legal affairs of NHMC, in a press release. "We are looking forward to continuing to work with both of them in the future."