Soto Elected as Hispanic Caucus Whip for the 117th Congress

December 8, 2020
Press Release
Congressman Soto will focus on pressing issues affecting Hispanic communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) was elected as Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Whip for the 117th Congress. Soto, who is the first Florida Congressman of Puerto Rican descent, will be responsible for coordinating all whipping activities among caucus Members and presenting CHC positions to leadership in both parties.

“I am humbled that my colleagues have entrusted me with the position of CHC Whip, a position previously held by some of my personal heroes,” said Rep. Soto. “As we look ahead to the 117th Congress, we must prioritize the pressing issues affecting our Hispanic communities, such as combatting COVID-19, supporting workers and small businesses, environmental justice, and immigration reform. We will work to keep our caucus united, coordinate with the incoming Biden Administration, and reach across the aisle whenever possible. I am prepared to confront the many challenges that may arise with a fresh perspective and willingness to find common ground to deliver solutions for Hispanics across the country.” 

As CHC Whip, Rep. Soto is committed to working with each of his colleagues to deliver much-needed solutions for Hispanics. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately affect Latino Americans, he understands that the caucus must act quickly and with the best interests of the community in mind.

During the 117th Congress, Rep. Soto will be joined by new and returning members in leadership roles. The caucus will be chaired by Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) and Reps. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will serve as first and second vice-chairs. The freshman representative will be Representative-elect Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-03).