The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing President Biden to nominate a Latina lawyer who is currently involved in the George Floyd murder trial for U.S. attorney in Minnesota, The Washington Post reports.
The caucus chairman, Rep. Raul RuizRaul RuizSixteen Hispanic House Democrats ask EPA for tougher methane rule Physician-lawmakers team up to urge boosters Democratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal MORE (D-Calif.), sent a letter to Biden last month urging him to consider Lola Velazquez-Aguilu for the position.
"Hispanics are the most underrepresented minority group in the federal workforce, making up just 8 percent of personnel," Ruiz wrote in the letter obtained by the Post.
Ruiz used the opportunity to argue that the appointment would help prove Biden's commitment to diversity.
"To help the Biden-Harris administration increase Hispanic representation across the workforce, I wish to bring to your attention Ms. Lola Velazquez-Aguilu," the letter continued.
Ruiz argued that Velazquez-Aguilu has proven herself as a pro bono lawyer on the Floyd case.
"Hispanic communities are not monolithic, and it is important to the CHC that diverse and qualified Hispanic candidates who understand these nuances be considered for administration positions," Ruiz continued. "In order to truly reflect the diversity of America, it is imperative that Hispanics account for about 20 percent of representation across all levels of the federal government."
Biden has begun to appoint lower-level officials after his final Cabinet nominee was confirmed on March 22. During this Cabinet's first meeting on Thursday the president praised his Cabinet for its diversity.
"This is the first in American history that the Cabinet looks like America," Biden said. "That’s what we promised we were going to do, and we’ve done it."
Biden announced his first slate of judicial nominees on Tuesday, which included women and several people of color.