Hispanic Caucus picks Castro as its next chair

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) picked Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroPelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration Dems to introduce measure blocking Trump's emergency declaration Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle MORE (D-Texas) as its new chairman Friday, replacing New Mexico Gov.-elect Rep. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters New Mexico House speaker rejects impeachment push against governor over border troop decision California governor to pull back troops from border: report 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 GallegoDem lawmaker: 'Trump's presidency is the real national emergency' Poll shows McSally, Kelly tied in Arizona Senate race Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona 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 AguilarLeft flexes muscle in immigration talks Immigration groups press for pairing Dreamer benefits with border security Lawmakers haggling over border dollars much lower than Trump's demand 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 ClarkWhy Omar’s views are dangerous House Dems rallying behind border deal with 55 miles of barriers Pelosi, Dem leaders urge Omar to apologize for 'anti-Semitic' tweet 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 CabralHere are the lawmakers who will forfeit their salaries during the shutdown 8-year-old boy dies in CBP custody Hispanic Caucus picks Castro as its next chair MORE (D-N.Y.) will take over as whip.