The Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus Officially Recognized by General Assembly
Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus (MLLC) is proud to announce our formal recognition by Senate President Miller and House Speaker Busch of the Maryland General Assembly.
The MLLC was formed two years ago in 2014 as a response to the fast growing Latino population in Maryland. The primary purpose of the MLLC is to improve the quality of life of Maryland’s Latino communities by advocating on their behalf and promoting greater participation in the political affairs of the State of Maryland. The MLLC seeks to be an effective voice in developing public policy that will positively affect constituents.
This announcement makes the Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus one of only four official caucuses recognized by all bodies of the State along with the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Maryland Veterans’ Caucus, and the Women Legislators of Maryland. This is a historic moment for a community that makes up over eight percent of Maryland’s population.
Latinos in Maryland are faced with a wage gap, higher rates of unemployment, health disparities, greater incarceration rates and numerous social ills as a result of institutional systems not well-suited to serve them. The recognition of the MLLC is a first step in recognizing the disparities that affect our communities.
The serving members of the MLLC Executive Committee are: Delegate Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk, Chair; Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, Vice-Chair; Delegate Maricé I. Morales, Treasurer; Delegate Carlo Sanchez, Secretary; Senator Victor R. Ramirez, Co-Chair, Legislative Committee; and Delegate Ana Sol Gutiérrez, Co-Chair, Legislative Committee.
Associate Members are Senator Susan C. Lee, Senator James C. Rosapepe, Delegate Shelly L. Hettleman, Delegate Terri L. Hill, Delegate Carol L. Krimm, Delegate Brooke E. Lierman, Delegate Dan K. Morhaim, Delegate Shane Robinson, Delegate Will Smith Jr., Delegate Jimmy Tarlau, Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith, and Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher.