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These Latinos Are Going To Play A Major Role In Disrupting Politics In 2019 And Beyond

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These Latinos Are Going To Play A Major Role In Disrupting Politics In 2019 And Beyond

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One of the biggest misconceptions in U.S. politics is implying that all Latino voters have the same political inclination. First and second generation, Mexicans, Cubans, Venezuelans, Dominicans, and Puerto Ricans are often thrown into the same basket, which is a grave political mistake.

Truth is that the Latino vote is diverse: some voters defend migrant rights while others question what they call “cue jumpers”. Some align with what the Democrats do in terms of foreign policy, while others defend the hard line that Republicans often have against regimes such as Maduro’s in Venezuela or the echoes of the Castro dynasty in Cuba. Truth is that the Latinos make up about 17 percent of the U.S. population. According to the Pew Center, 69 percent of Latinos voted for the Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections, while 29 percent voted for Republicans, and Latinas voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in a 73-26 percent ratio versus Republicans.

The race is on.

Leading up to the 2020 presidential election (believe us, it is closer than you might think!), here’s 20 Latino politicians you should keep your eye on.

1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

Credit: Facebook. @Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Did you know? She is the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. She is also one of the most vocal opponents to the Trump Era. She has not been afraid of speaking out against the POTUS, even calling him a racist in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

2. Julian Castro, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Political Party: Democratic Party

Credit: Instagram. @secretarycastro

Did you know? He is one of the many Democrats who is waiting to hear on what Joe Biden plans to do for 2020. He was one of the youngest and most dynamic members of the Obama administration. He has announced an interest in running for the presidency in 2020.

3. Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Mayor of Los Angeles, Co-Chair of Mercury Public Affairs

Political Party: Democratic Party

Credit: Instagram. @antoniocalifornia

Did you know? He was adored by Angelenos during his tenure. Even though he has not expressed his desire to run for office in the near future, he works as a policy consultant and we would not be surprised if he came back to the political arena soon.

4. Filemon Vela Jr., US. Representative for Texas

Political Party: Democratic Party

Credit: Instagram. @repfilemonvela

Did you know? He has been some of the most vocal people against President Trump’s immigration policies. The fact that he speaks out against injustice in a state like Texas, where immigration is a hotly contested topic, speaks volumes of how much he is willing to risk politically to follow his ideals.

5. Cristóbal Alex, president of Latino Victory

Political Party: leaning towards the Democratic Party

Credit: 150225-dc-alex-120p_e0c2e88974bb9a087f5e687dd7cfdb31.nbcnews-ux-640-440. Digital image. Latino Victory.

Did you know? He is one of the main actors when it comes to mobilizing the Latino vote. Together with actress Eva Longoria, he founded Latino Victory, described as “a progressive political action committee working to grow Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government.”

6. Mario Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund

Political Party: conservative, Republican-leaning

Credit: 20170426201244002_hd. Digital image. C-Span.

Did you know? He is a key member of grassroot efforts to empower Latino voters. He does so through the Hispanic Leadership Fund, which, according to its website “is the first center-right non-partisan national Latino advocacy organization governed exclusively by Latino political and public policy professionals.” He is a constant feature in TV interviews when it comes to Latino issues, so we will see plenty of him leading up to the 2020 elections.

7. Carlos Curbelo, former United States Representative for Florida

Political Party: Republican Party

Credit: Instagram. @carloslcurbelo

Did you know? Unapologetically conservative. He is one of the main targets for Democrats. He is young, Catholic and the son of Cuban exiles. He takes on hot issues like immigration without budging but lost his seat in the 2018 midterm elections to Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

8. Lincoln Díaz-Balart, former United States Representative

Political Party: Republican Party

Credit: Twitter. @LincolnDBalart

Did you know? He is one of the strongest political voices in the generally conservative Cuban-American community in Florida. He has created a powerhouse duo with his brother Mario Diaz-Balart.

9. Mario Díaz-Balart, United States Representative and Transportation, Housing + Urban Development Subcommittee Chair

Political Party: Republican Party

Credit: Twitter. @MarioDB

Did you know? He has a solid and constant Twitter presence contrary to many old-guard Republican politicians. Together with his brother Lincoln he is one of the leaders of the Cuban-American community. He knows that political families appeal to some voters and we are sure to hear much more from him in the coming months.

10. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, former United States Representative from Florida

Political Party: Republican Party

Credit: Instagram. @RosLehtinen

Did you know? A veteran politician who was the first Cuban American and first Latina to be elected to Congress. We all know how important Florida is in elections (remember Gore vs Bush?). Yes, here she is a few years ago with salsa queen Celia Cruz. She championed trans right in a conservative state when her son transitioned.

11. Ruben Gallego, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

Credit: Instagram. @reprubengallego

Did you know? This U.S. Representative for Arizona is only 39 years old. He is a Harvard graduate who is bound to become a rising star in his party due to his charm and bright mind. He was even a Marine, so he has got it all.

12. Vicente Gonzalez, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? He has become one of the fiercest opposers to the border wall. In a statement, he said: “It is increasingly worrisome that the president is not kept accountable for his rhetoric – be it online or on any platform. No, Mr. President, you cannot shut down the Southwest Border as a bargaining chip for your useless border wall proposal. The American people need to understand that this action would have vast, terrible implications for American consumers and businesses.”

13. Susana Martinez, former governor of New Mexico

Political Party: Republican Party

Credit: Twitter. @Gov_Martinez

Did you know? She has it all to climb the ranks of the Republican Party after she just finished her tenure as governor of New Mexico. She is a woman and she is a Latina, which appeals to an elusive electorate for the GOP.

14. Brian Sandoval, former governor of Nevada

Political Party: Republican Party

Credit: Instagram. @governorsandoval

Did you know? He just ceased to be governor of the almighty state of Nevada, which generates millions and millions of taxes. He just joined MGM Resorts as an executive, where he will have a lot of political leverage in the upcoming elections, particularly given Trump’s history with casino ownership.

15. Albert Morales, Senior Political Director at Latino Decisions

Political Party: former Democrat

Credit: dba1c7206b04399d8f47d1c33a42650e_f718. Digital image. Latino Decisions.

Did you know? He is based in D.C. as the mastermind of Latino Decisions, a company dedicated to Latino political opinion research. They have worked with people like Hillary Clinton gathering data on the Latino vote. Morales will be key in defining strategies for various candidates, most likely Democrats.

16. Darren Soto, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

Credit: Instagram. @repdarrensoto

Did you know? He is of Puerto Rican origin, which makes him more than appealing to Florida voters. One of his key platforms is gun control. People like Darren will be key for Democrats in the hotly contested swing state come 2020.

17. Marco Rubio, United States Senator

Political Party: Republican Party

Credit: Instagram. @marcorubiofla

Did you know? After being defeated by Donald Trump in the 2016 primaries he has no intention to run for 2020 and has expressed his support of the current President. As the prospect of Trump not ending his presidency has gone from lunacy to distant probability, Rubio could become one of the frontrunners to challenge the Democrats. Do not count out the possibility.

18. Joaquin Castro, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

Credit: Instagram. @joaquincastrotx

Did you know? No, you are not seeing double and we didn’t make a mistake. Joaquin is the twin of Julian (scroll up to No. 2 in this list). They were born to a Chicana political activist, so social justice and human dignity run through their veins. Latino Kennedys, anyone?

19. Eva Longoria, activist

Political Party: Democratic Party

Credit: eva-header-V2. Digital image. 1843 magazine

Did you know? Yes, she is better known for her role in Desperate Housewives, but she is a political powerhouse. She has a degree in Chicano studies from Stanford, leads various NGOs to support Latinos and women, and has spoken at the Democratic National Convention. She will certainly get her voice heard as we head up to 2020.

20. Nanette Barragán, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

Credit: Instagram. @repbarragan

Did you know? The representative from Long Beach, California went to the border with fellow California politician Jimmy Gomez to meet with migrants at the border. The two representatives sat with the migrants in the cold and demnaded access to the processing center that Border Patrol said was at capacity. They were denied entry to verify Border Patrol’s claims.


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