Hispanic Caucus picks Castro as its next chair

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) picked Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroDems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings Texas student says he lost military scholarship due to Trump's new transgender policy Big Dem names show little interest in Senate MORE (D-Texas) as its new chairman Friday, replacing New Mexico Gov.-elect Rep. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamMilitia group in New Mexico draws scrutiny for detaining migrants at border New Mexico gov signs bill granting electoral votes to national popular vote winner New Mexico to decriminalize marijuana 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 GallegoGallego tapped as national campaign chairman for Swalwell presidential bid Hispanic Caucus asks for meeting with top immigration official Mark Kelly raises eye-popping million in Arizona Senate race 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 AguilarPro-business Dem group sees boost in fundraising Left flexes muscle in immigration talks Immigration groups press for pairing Dreamer benefits with border security 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 ClarkThe Special Olympics are safe, but what about other programs DeVos would cut? Congress might finally fix the holes in workplace sexual harassment law Candace Owens clip becomes most watched C-SPAN Twitter video from a House hearing 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 asks for meeting with top immigration official New Zealand mosque killings raise fears among US Muslims On The Money: Trump issues first veto, warning of 'reckless' resolution | US hits Russia with new sanctions | Dems renew push for contractor back pay | Lawmakers seek probe into undocumented workers at Trump businesses MORE (D-N.Y.) will take over as whip.