HLA Diversity Reception

By - 3/30/15

IMG_0303HLA President, Susan Santana, along with leaders of the Asian American and African American Lobbyist Associations, and HLA Member Jorge Vera of GE at the Freshman Diversity Reception.

HLA Honors New Hispanic Members of Congress

By - 3/16/15

HLA New MemberOn February 24, the Hispanic Lobbyist Association (HLA) honored Freshmen Representatives Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Norma Torres (CA-35) and Carlos Curbelo (FL-26). Incumbent Members of Congress in attendance included Representatives Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Grace Napolitano (CA-32) and Raul Ruíz (CA-36).

HLA President Susan Santana welcomed the group and personally pledged HLA support in working closely and effectively with their offices in addition to highlighting their mutual goal of promoting diversity on the Hill.

The evening event was well attended by HLA Members including Latino lobbyists and government affairs professionals from various states and industries in Washington D.C. The HLA thanks the American Trucking Association, The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Auto Alliance, AT&T and Target for co-hosting this widely attended Reception for New Members of Congress.

HLA Announces New Executive Board Members & Members At-Large

By - 3/16/15

10845988_861322227252879_577949700555627442_nOn December 11, 2014 the Hispanic Lobbyist Association introduced its new Executive Board members and members At-Large. As government affairs professionals, each of the HLA board members arrived in Washington D.C. through different trajectories, bringing diverse perspectives united in one mission: supporting each other and fostering a pipeline for future generations. At the core of this new leadership, the HLA mission shines through—to provide mentoring opportunities for Hispanic professionals seeking to pursue a career in the field of advocacy and provide them with best practices in order to support our goal of promoting diversity on and off the Hill. Join us in congratulating the new HLA Board.

Executive Board:

Susan Santana, President

Susie Saavedra, Vice President

Omar Franco, Treasurer

Liz Lopez, Secretary

Board Members At-Large:

Roberto A. Fierro

Larry Gonzalez

Allen Gutierrez

Maritza Kelley

Rich Lopez

Isaac Reyes

Chuck Rocha

Estuardo Rodriguez, Jr.

Maximiliano J. Trujillo

HLA Members Named LATINO “Power Players”

By - 4/05/13

The Hispanic Lobbyists Association (HLA) is proud to share that several HLA Members were featured prominently in LATINO Magazine's "Power Players" article.  Congratulations to HLA President Omar Franco, Vice President Susan Santana, Immediate Past-President and Board Member Cristina Antelo, and HLA Member Jessica Montoya for being listed as "top Latino lobbyists working in our nation’s capital."  Other key figures in the article include Board Member Maritza Kelley, HLA Member Mickey Ibarra, and HLA Co-Founder Robert Raben.

HLA is tremendously grateful to count these and other top leaders among its roster.  We hope you will consider membership and join this group of "poltical samarai"  today.  We look forward serving you.

Power Players by Patricia Guadalupe

While lobbying has become a multi-billion dollar industry, Latinos have historically not been part of it. Of the approximately 30,000 to 40,000 lobbyists in Washington, D.C. (registered and unregistered), just about 100 have Latino surnames, and only a handful of lobbying firms is Hispanic-owned.  Read More:


The Most Influential Latino Staffers on Capitol Hill

By - 3/19/13

By Pablo Manriquez

Congressional staffers on Capitol Hill have to put up with long hours and low wages.  Theirs are among the most-thankless but essential jobs in Washington politics.  While Members of Congress are not required to report demographic details on staffers, independent studies have consistently shown that among Capitol Hill staffers, Latinos remain sparse -- especially in leadership positions. Just last month, Roll Call released its "Fabulous 50" list of Capitol Hill's leading staffers. There were again no Latinos on the list.

But the demographics of Capitol Hill are changing with the times. Thanks to hiring initiatives by groups like Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), and Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), Latinos are arriving and advancing in significant congressional staffer positions.  Here are eleven Latinos staffers on Capitol Hill (listed alphabetically by first name) who are leading the way --

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Analysis: Hispanics fail to win Hispanic Congressional districts

By - 3/19/13

by Nathan L. Gonzales @nathanlgonzales

9:37 pm on 02/13/2013

One year ago, Democratic state Sen. Ruben Kihuen declared himself the best candidate to represent a newly-drawn, Hispanic-heavy congressional district in North Las Vegas. Thirteen days later, he dropped out of the race.

Even though a record number of Latinos are serving in the 113th Congress, Hispanic candidates are significantly underperforming in heavily Hispanic districts, particularly compared to other minority groups.

Nationwide, just 41 percent of congressional districts (24 of 58) with a Hispanic voting age population (VAP) of at least 30 percent are represented by a Hispanic member of Congress. In comparison, 72 percent of districts (32 of 44) with a black VAP of at least 30 percent are represented by a black member.

Why can’t Latinos get elected to Latino congressional districts?

Read full article at NBC Latino

DOJ Targets ‘Chronic Offenders’ of LDA For Possible Enforcement, Official Says

By - 1/15/13

(BNA) -- COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Justice Department has targeted for possible enforcement action an unknown number of “chronic offenders” violating the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act, according to the DOJ official in charge of enforcing the lobbying law.

The official, Keith Morgan of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, said in an email that he could not yet specify what type action might be taken, though it could include filing a lawsuit or entering into settlements that include fines.

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Capitol Hill Offices Lagging in Staff Diversity

By Julia Edwards - 10/11/12

by Julia Edwards

Gearing up for the debate over extending federal transportation programs last spring, Jose Parra, deputy communications director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, listened to his boss run through a list of the consequences of the proposed cuts. He couldn’t help but chime in.

“Hispanic communities are overrepresented in the construction industry,” Parra said he told those gathered, pointing out that the cuts would be disproportionately borne by Hispanic-Americans. “Thirty percent of Hispanic firms are construction firms.”

“That point would have gone unnoticed during our discussions if there hadn’t been minority staffers present,” Parra recently told National Journal Daily.

But despite the benefits of bringing a variety of voices to the table, racial diversity in Capitol Hill offices continues to lag behind corporate America, and most minority staffers are left only dreaming of the day they earn a position as senior as Parra’s.

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Obama’s sin is not hypocrisy but naivete

By Ruth Marcus - 3/08/12

By Ruth Marcus

Steve Ricchetti is a once and, no doubt, future lobbyist. So it was inevitable that Vice President Biden’s decision to hire Ricchetti as a senior adviser would prompt howls about Obama administration hypocrisy.

After all, it had pledged to keep lobbyists out of its White House, and now it was bringing in one of the city’s top you-know-whats.

Make that former you-know-whats: Ricchetti, cleansing himself of the supposed sin of lobbying, had dropped his lobbyist registration shortly before the start of the Obama administration — though he remained head of the, yes, lobbying firm he founded with his lobbyist brother.

As my colleague Dana Milbank tartly noted, “Only in today’s Washington could a president circumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists by hiring the head of a lobbying firm.”

Nice line.

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