Breaking Barriers: Hispanic Americans in Congress
Explore these sample topics of Hispanic Americans breaking barriers in Congress. For more, visit the Hispanic Americans in Congress exhibition.
"Strength in Numbers, Challenges in Diversity, 1977–2012: Legislative Interests"
An essay covering the legislative efforts of Hispanic-American Members, including bilingual education.
Gained in Translation
A blog examining moments when Spanish was used on the House Floor.
Three 19th century poems, originally published in Spanish, that address the political status of territories and elected officials.
"Enviemos La De Más Experiencia Al Congreso" Campaign Mailer
Campaign literature, produced in both Spanish and English, for Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
The Creation and Evolution of the National Hispanic Heritage Celebration
A historical highlight explaining the creation of National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968.
Resident Commissioner Position
“Foreign in a Domestic Sense, 1898–1945: Crafting an Identity, The Office of the Resident Commissioner”
An essay exploring the creation of the Resident Commissioner position for Puerto Rico.
Resident Commissioner Tulio Larrínaga of Puerto Rico
A historical highlight about Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Tulio Larrínaga.
Getting a Foot in the (Chamber) Door
A blog describing Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Federico Degetau fight for House Floor privileges.
Oral History: Jennice Fuentes
Jennice Fuentes spent the first part of her House career as a caseworker in the Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner’s office. She discusses the difficulties Resident Commissioners face and their strategies to overcome those obstacles.
Featured U.S. Representatives and Delegates
Joseph Marion Hernández of Florida
Delegate Hernández was the first Hispanic Delegate and the first territorial Delegate to represent Florida.
Romualdo Pacheco of California
Representative Pacheco was the first Hispanic-American Representative.
Henry B. González of Texas
Representative González was the longest-serving Hispanic Member in Congress.
Ben Blaz of Guam
Delegate Blaz was the second Delegate to represent Guam in Congress.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida
Representative Ros-Lehtinen was the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress.
Featured Objects and Records