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The 16th Annual Legislative Conference and Gala to Celebrate 84 Years of Legislative Service to the Hispanic Community

The Honorable Joaquin Castro, United States House of Representatives; The Honorable Luz Robles, Utah State Senator; Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; and Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez

February 6, 2013

Contact: Paloma Zuleta
202-833-6130 x.123
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Washington, D.C. - Each year, LULAC members from across the country travel to Washington D.C. in order to participate in the LULAC Annual Legislative Conference where they meet with Members of Congress and agency leaders to partake in meaningful dialogue regarding how present policies and regulations impact the Latino community. Issues to be discussed at this year’s legislative conference include comprehensive immigration reform, health disparities, educational inequalities, and technology. The legislative sessions are open to the public.

This year’s Legislative Conference will begin on Wednesday, February 13 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the JW Marriott, Salon G, located at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. The Legislative Awards Gala will also be held on Wednesday, February 13, in the Ballroom at the JW Marriott from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The following day, Thursday, February 14 from 9:30 A.M. to 4 P.M., LULAC grassroots advocates will meet with Members of Congress to discuss LULAC’s policy priorities.

At this year’s Awards Gala, the Presidential Award will be presented to The Honorable Joaquin Castro, United States House of Representatives; and the Legislative Award will be bestowed upon The Honorable Luz Robles, Utah State Senator.

Elected officials attending this year’s Awards Gala include: The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, Democratic Whip; The Honorable Joyce Beatty; The Honorable Bruce L. Braley; The Honorable Tony Cardenas; United States Senator Daniel Coats; The Honorable Diana DeGette; The Honorable Lloyd Doggett; The Honorable Tammy Duckworth; The Honorable Donna Edwards; The Honorable Eni Faleomavaega; The Honorable Blake Farenthold; The Honorable Pete Gallego; The Honorable Al Green; The Honorable Gene Green; The Honorable Alan Grayson; The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva; The Honorable Michelle Lujan Grisham; The Honorable Ann Kirkpatrick; The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee; The Honorable Ben Ray Lujan; The Honorable Grace F. Napolitano; The Honorable Raul Ruiz; The Honorable Paul Ryan; The Honorable Loretta Sanchez; The Honorable Allyson Schwartz; The Honorable Kyrsten Sinema; The Honorable Dina Titus; The Honorable Marc Veasey; and Texas State Representative, The Honorable Rafael Anchia.

We are also pleased to welcome the Ambassador of Mexico His Excellency Eduardo Medina-Mora; and the Ambassador of Nicaragua His Excellency Francisco Campbell.

“This year’s 16th Annual Legislative Conference and Awards Gala is especially meaningful given that 12 million Hispanics were key in determining the next President of the United States,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “As the nation’s premier Latino empowerment organization, our service to the nation’s largest minority group, 50.5 million Latinos, has always been to ensure that policymakers address the issues critical to the advancement of the Latino community.”

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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