Cruz announces official recognition of first bicameral, bipartisan Latino Caucus in Pa. General Assembly

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., chairman and founder of the Latino Affairs Caucus, today announced that the first formal bicameral and bipartisan caucus that seeks to advocate for Latino Pennsylvanians has been officially recognized in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

“The Latino population in Pennsylvania grows exponentially each year, and it is time to finally recognize the importance of Latinos in our public policies,” Cruz said. “I’m thrilled that House Democratic Leader McClinton has given the Latino Affairs Caucus official recognition in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The caucus benefits all Pennsylvanians as we work together across party lines and across both chambers to continue to educate the public about Latino issues and advance Latino causes in our legislative efforts.”

“This is exciting and extremely significant, especially as we’ve seen a growing number of Latino legislators in Harrisburg in recent years,” said House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton. “I’m proud to join Representative Cruz in embracing diversity and inclusion in the legislature, and this caucus is a great example of that collective commitment.”

Established in 2015, the Latino Affairs Caucus focuses on issues important to Pennsylvania’s Latino communities and explores what public policies are necessary to address the needs of Latinos across Pennsylvania.

The current list of members includes:

  • State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila.
  • State Rep. Manuel Guzman, D-Berks.
  • State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery.
  • State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery.

The caucus is open to all members of the General Assembly, regardless of ethnicity or whether they represent a large Latino population in their legislative district.