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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham Issues Statement on President-Elect Trump's Cabinet

Jan 19, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement in response to President-Elect Trump’s final nominee to his Cabinet:

“Mr. Trump’s decision to exclude Hispanics from serving in his Cabinet is inexcusable and deeply damaging to our representative democracy. The President-Elect has dangerously signaled that the people who advise the President do not need to represent all of America.

“His decision erodes the forward progress made by every U.S. President since Ronald Reagan, to seek out bright and qualified Hispanics to serve our nation as cabinet members. Over the past 29 years, Hispanics have served our nation honorably in the highest levels of government in numerous cabinet positions, including: Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, Manuel Lujan as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Bill Richardson as Department of Energy Secretary and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

“We demand that Mr. Trump live up to his statement that he will be a President that unites and works on behalf of all Americans, by having an administration that represents the American people. If Mr. Trump intends to make false claims, then we will live up to our duty and hold him accountable.”

  • The U.S. Hispanic population now stands at 57 million, making Hispanics the nation’s second-fastest-growing racial or ethnic group after Asians. Today Hispanics make up 18% of the U.S. population, up from 5% in 1970.
  • The number of Hispanic-owned business was projected to grow by nearly 40 percent between 2007 and 2013, to nearly 3.2 million businesses and 11% of all small businesses in America.
  • In 2013 Hispanic households paid almost $124 billion in federal taxes, including individual and corporate income taxes, payroll taxes, and excise taxes, and almost $67 billion in state and local taxes.
  • Tax contributions from Hispanic households also play a critical role in funding Social Security and Medicare. In 2013 Hispanic households contributed about $98 billion to Social Security and $23 billion to Medicare through payroll taxes.


The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.