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Hispanic Caucus picks Castro as its next chair

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) picked Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroSunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers Lawmaker to unveil bill ensuring nothing — 'no airport, no highway, no school' — is named after Trump MORE (D-Texas) as its new chairman Friday, replacing New Mexico Gov.-elect Rep. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNew Mexico fines two megachurches K each over packed Christmas Eve services CHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report Hispanic Caucus ramps up Cabinet pressure campaign 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 GallegoThe best way to handle veterans, active-duty military that participated in Capitol riot 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee 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 AguilarAOC v. Pelosi: Round 12? Maloney to lead Democrats' campaign arm House Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress 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 ClarkSanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated Cuomo: 'I call on President Trump to resign' Ben Carson dismisses 25th Amendment talk: 'As a nation we need to heal' 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 CabralThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history Rep. Adriano Espaillat tests positive for COVID-19 ER doctor chosen to lead Hispanic Caucus MORE (D-N.Y.) will take over as whip.