Latino Now Fourth Most Powerful Democrat in Congress


A prominent Latino U.S. representative has been elected chairman to the House Democratic Caucus for the 113th Congress. It’s a role that was recently held by U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (D-CT).
According to, Rep. Xavier Becerra’s role comes as news surfaced of his growing appeal and his escalation up the ranks on the Hill. The representative who serves the district of Los Angeles is now known as the fourth most powerful among the Democrats in the House.
Becerra has represented the 31st Congressional district since 1992. He is a member of the powerful Committee on Ways and Means and is Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.
An earlier article described Becerra as not being the “Hispanic darling of the Democratic Party that other Latinos happen to be this presidential election year, but he may be the most powerful politician on the West Coast that few people have heard about.”
“I am honored by the trust that my colleagues have placed in me to serve as their chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Working with a re-elected President Barack Obama, I know that our growing, diverse and united Caucus will be a driving force in the 113th Congress to protect and strengthen the middle class, create good paying jobs, and keep moving our country forward!” Becerra said in a press release after the announcement was made
Larson stepped down from his role as chair of the caucus because of term limits on leadership roles in the Democratic caucus.