The traditional post-election discussion has begun with President-elect Joe Biden being tapped to serve in the cabinet and Latino names are in the mix.
President Donald Trump introduced the presidency without any Latino in his cabinet.
The two men ultimately served former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who resigned amid controversy and current small business administrator Jovita Karanza. Their terms did not overlap.
According to exit polls, 66 percent of Latino people voted for Biden. Their votes were important to the voters of their coalition who won them and helped them overturn Arizona and move to Nevada.
Even though Biden lost to Florida, a state where Trump gained Latino voters, Hispanics in the state broke for Biden by 53 percent, Trump for 45 percent.
With that support, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 42 Latina groups, wants Biden to name no less than five Latino in his cabinet. During President Barack Obama’s two terms, he had six Latino ministers in total.
Another group has formed to provide the names of the Biden transition team for other Hispanics to put in the Federic pipeline and add names for cabinet positions. The group is an alliance for Latin and Leadership, co-chairing Texas, California and Colorado.
The Biden transition team does not make public the names of those believed to be in place.
But Latina groups and leaders are presenting lists to give their preferences to transition members and to ensure that a comprehensive list of Hispanics is considered.
The NHLA is working with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to identify potential cabinet members and members for other positions.
Some of the names that revolve around discussions with various groups include California Attorney General Javier Becerra as US Attorney General or head of the Department of Homeland Security.
Becerra, who served for 24 years in the House, has led Democrats to Trump administration executive orders and initiatives, suing the president over health care, gun control, environmental policies and more.
Democratic National Committee President Tom Perez for Attorney General is also mentioned. He served as the head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice under President Barack Obama, overseeing abusive police department actions on police officers and also served as Secretary of Labor.
His current job as chair of the Democratic Party will make it more difficult for him to slip into the position of attorney general, which is considered a politically independent position due to his partisan work. Peres is also mentioned for the Secretary of Labor.
Ali Mayorkas, former DHS Deputy Secretary and former Citizenship and Immigration Services Director in the Obama Administration, is another name being suggested to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary.
Another name of DHS Secretary is Louis Caldera, the only Latina Secretary of the Army. He was also the director of the White House Military Office under Obama.
The House of Representatives, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and a progressive, Reul Grazalva of Arizona, have been elected as heads of the Department of the Interior, while Gov. Michele Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, who oversees their state’s health and aging departments, Suggestions are being made for health and human services or energy.
Biden has said that he will choose a teacher to head the education department. Latino Lily Essellsen-Garcia, noted for that position, is Pedro Rivera, a Utah teacher and former president of the National Education Association and former Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Julian Castro, the only major Latino candidate for president and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Obama, was cited as a potential pick for Labor, Commerce, UN Ambassador, HUD again or Consumer Financial Security Bureau is.
Jimmy Gomez of Rep. California has been suggested as the head of the Department of Labor or a possible candidate to be a US trade representative. Gomez is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes panel tax rules, and works on a trade working group formed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate the US-Mexico-Canada agreement, which is the North American Free Takes place of trade. Agreement
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is mentioned for Secretary of Transportation.
Any candidate who holds an elected position means he will seek a replacement. Democrats will have a low majority in the US House, and losing a member of the House means a special election for replacement.
The NHLA, in a letter, urged Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris to place more Latino positions in government positions, including advisory boards, commissions and the judiciary, as well as government jobs.
According to the NHLA, Hispanics are 8.4 percent federal employees. Latin groups say they want the number to increase to about 20 percent, which is about Hispanic in the US population.
The coalition said the letter should allow the Biden administration to “have a strong Hispanic presence at every level, so as to fully reflect the diversity of our nation’s population and within Latino communities, including gender, race, sexual orientation and ethnicity.”
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