“The 112th Congress that convenes next January will have a record number of Latino Republicans in the U.S. House, and a new member in the U.S. Senate:
* Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio becomes the one Hispanic Republican
member of the U.S. Senate since retired Senator Mel Martínez held the seat.
* In Idaho’s 1st district, Raúl Labrador becomes the first Latino to represent the state in
the U.S. Congress. He defeats Rep. Walter Minnick (D).
* In Florida’s 25th district, former Florida State Representative David Rivera defeats former
Executive Director of the Cuban American National Foundation Joe García (D).
* In Texas’ 17th district, businessman and political newcomer Bill Flores defeats longtime
Rep. Chet Edwards (D). Flores becomes the first Republican Latino to represent that district.
* In Texas’ 23rd district, businessman Francisco Canseco defeats Rep. Ciro Rodríguez (D).
* In Washington State’s 3rd district, Representative Jaime Herrera becomes the state’s first Latina
to represent the state in the U.S. Congress, defeating businessman Danny Heck.
Several of these candidates successfully ran in districts which do not have Latino majorities, demonstrating that Latinos are able to run in non-Latino districts and can have broad appeal across all ethnicities and communities.
These new members-elect will join newly reelected members Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Díaz-Balart of Florida for a record total of eight Republican Latinos in both chambers.