Hispanic Caucus picks Castro as its next chair

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) picked Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroThe Hill's Morning Report — Will Trump strike a deal with Chuck and Nancy? The Year Ahead: Pressure mounts on election security as 2020 approaches Joaquin Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' MORE (D-Texas) as its new chairman Friday, replacing New Mexico Gov.-elect Rep. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamWashington governor plans major climate initiatives New governors plan aggressive climate steps Overnight Energy: Senate advances Trump energy pick | Manchin votes 'no' in surprise | Carbon emissions on track for record | EPA targets another Obama coal rule MORE (D).

“After two years of the Administration’s unrelenting attacks against the Latino community, I’m humbled to be elected Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and be granted the opportunity to uphold our nation’s values," Castro told CHC members in his acceptance speech.

The CHC will have a record 39 members as of January, up from 31 in this Congress.

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"As a Caucus, we plan to work on creating opportunities for all Americans by removing barriers to education, raising minimum wages, increasing diversity across all sectors, lowering the cost of health care, and pushing back against climate change,” added Castro.

The leadership slate was approved unanimously by CHC members.

Castro was the group's first vice chair under Lujan Grisham. Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHispanic Caucus picks Castro as its next chair We all must speak up to protect our national monuments Dem rep: Trump is ‘scared’ of House Democratic oversight MORE (D-Ariz.) will take over that slot after serving as second vice chair.

CHC elections traditionally move leadership members up one slot, adding a new member to the slate to take over the No. 4 whip slot.

"Having a slate means as people are moving they get experience, get to know the members, they have a sense about what their style leadership priorities are going to be," Lujan Grisham told The Hill.

The incoming slate will include two members new to CHC leadership, as outgoing Rep. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarHispanic Caucus picks Castro as its next chair Progressive rep says she’s ‘very disappointed' by Barbara Lee’s loss in bid for Dem caucus chair Clark wins spot as Dem Caucus vice chair MORE (D-Calif.), the caucus's whip, chose to run for House Democratic Caucus vice chair instead, a position he lost to Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkHispanic Caucus picks Castro as its next chair Progressive rep says she’s ‘very disappointed' by Barbara Lee’s loss in bid for Dem caucus chair Clark wins spot as Dem Caucus vice chair MORE (D-Mass.).

"While we've had a whip position, our ability to lead and maneuver, particularly in the minority, has never been as effective as it was with Pete at the helm," said Lujan Grisham.

Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.) will serve as the group's second vice chair, and Rep. Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralHispanic Caucus picks Castro as its next chair Cicilline bows out of assistant leader race, paving path for Lujan Pelosi vows to expand leadership team MORE (D-N.Y.) will take over as whip.