WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Democrat
representing the 28th District of Texas, is now Vice-Chairman of the
Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI). Congressman Cuellar
was voted in by the CHLI Board of Directors at its July 9th private
meeting. He fills a spot that has been vacant since February 2009 when
Raquel "Rocky" Egusquiza, then with the Ford Motor Company
Fund, stepped down.
"The CHLI Board of Directors is extremely pleased that Congressman
Henry Cuellar, a colleague and personal friend, has agreed to take on this
important leadership role at CHLI,” said Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart
(FL-21), CHLI Board Chairman. "Congressman Cuellar has the energy and
talent to help CHLI continue into the future as a key organization promoting
and supporting Hispanic leadership at all levels. I thank him for his
Congressman Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas,originally from Laredo, TX
was first elected to represent the 28th District of Texas in the U.S. House of
Representatives in 2005. He is widely recognized as a leader on trade issues
for his support for the Central American Free Trade Agreement and the North
American Free Trade Agreement. He also authored the Prosperous and Secure
Neighbor Alliance Act of 2007 to combat drug trafficking along the border, and
he passed an amendment in the 2008 Farm Bill to address cattle fever ticks,
making it the first federal bill to specifically address this major South Texas
He currently serves on three powerful committees in the U.S. House of
Representatives: the Homeland Security Committee, which oversees the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security; the House Agriculture Committee, which
oversees the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and the Oversight and Government
Reform Committee, which ensures the efficient and effective operation of the
Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Cuellar served as Texas Secretary of State
and a State Representative for 14 years.
"I want to thank Congressman Diaz-Balart and the CHLI Board of Directors for
this opportunity; I feel honored to serve CHLI in this new leadership role.
It’s a privilege to represent our Hispanic and Portuguese communities at a time
when diversity is becoming increasingly embraced,” said Congressman Cuellar. "I’ll
continue to work hard in promoting our communities and advancing fair
opportunities for all minorities. As a board member, and now Vice-Chair, of
CHLI, I share a fundamental belief in supporting Hispanic leadership at all
levels of society and I look forward to advancing this cause.”
CHLI’s Board of Directors includes many prominent members of Congress and
corporate representatives. The newest members are: Congressman Pedro
Perluisi (PR) and Belinda Garza of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The CHLI Board of Directors also includes the following Congressional
members: Hon. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Chairman (FL-21), Hon. Mario
Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18), Hon. Albio Sires
(NJ-13), Hon. Devin Nunes (CA-21), and Hon. Henry Cuellar (TX-28), as well as
the following corporate members: Eduardo J. Negron-Mendez, Esq.,
Treasurer; Susan I. Santana of AT&T; John Hoel of Altria Client Services,
Inc.; Cindy Colenda of the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation; Rudy Beserra
of the Coca-Cola Company; Bert Gomez of Univision Communications, Inc.; Pepe
Fanjul, Jr. of Florida Crystals; and Cris Turner of Dell, Inc.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI, pronounced "chili”)
is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, based in Washington, D.C., that
advances the diversity of thought in the U.S. Hispanic community in the public,
private, and non-profit sectors, as well as in the international
community. For more information, please visit www.chli.org. You may also
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