Latinos are 17 percent of U.S. population but only 1 percent of elected officials
Just one percent of the nearly 500,000 elected officials in federal, state and local governments nationwide are Latino, according to a new interactive map released Monday by the Latino Victory Project, which revealed the following:
- 10 congressional districts, 17 state senate districts and 53 lower state house districts have majority Latino populations but are not represented by a Latino.
- Regionally, 76 percent of Latinos live in the West. 18 of the 30 Latino members of Congress represent Western states, led by 10 from California.
- 81 counties have a majority Latino population. In less than half of those, just 40 counties, a majority of elected county officials are Latino. No Latinos hold elected office in 9 majority Hispanic counties
- Several majority Latino counties have no Latino representation at any level – county, state legislative or congressional. Examples include Lamb County, TX, Tulare County, CA, and Adams County, WA.
- No Latina has ever been elected to the U.S. Senate.
“With more than 25 million Latinos eligible to vote in the United States, this district by district tool proves that in key regions Latinos are flexing their voting muscle, but we still have a long way to go,” said Cristóbal Alex, president of Latino Victory Project.