Historical Data

Congressional Hispanic Caucus, 1980/tiles/non-collection/p/part4_02_chc3_na.xml Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus meet, circa 1980s. From left to right: Solomon Ortiz of Texas; Robert Garcia of New York; Bill Richardson of New Mexico (standing); Albert Bustamante of Texas; Esteban Torres of California; and Matthew Martínez of California.
The materials in this section were compiled for the publication of Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822–2012. These charts were developed to answer reference questions often posed by Member offices, researchers, and the general public. We have also included historic political songs that served as illustrations in the print publication. Forty-four of the 117 Hispanics who have served in Congress are current Members—40 in the House and four in the Senate. In total, there have been 111 Hispanic Members of the House of Representatives and nine Senators. Three have served in both chambers.