Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will reportedly name the first Latina chief of staff for a congressional lawmaker to her campaign team for the White House.
One name Clinton reportedly plans to include in her campaign for the White House is Amanda Renteria, the first Latina chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. Once Clinton enters the presidential race, she is expected to name Renteria as the national political director. Renteria, a Harvard and Stanford graduate, has had a history in election campaigns. She recently lost an election against Republican Rep. David Valadao for California’s 21st Congressional District, a district where approximately three in four residents are Latino. Renteria declined to comment on the rumored position but has previously said, “I’m thinking a lot about what’s next.”
The possible addition of Renteria comes as Clinton attempts to court the Latino electorate. On the Republican field, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Gov. Jeb Bush could have the advantage to gain Latino voters. Rubio, a Cuban American, has voted for the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill “S.744 – Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” in June 2013. The senator, however, has backed away his support despite being a cosponsor of the legislation. Bush, as governor of the third most Latino-populated state, is fluent in the Spanish language and married to Mexican-born philanthropist Columba Garnica Gallo. The governor, however, opposes President Barack Obama’s immigration executive orders but supports a pathway to citizenship, by Congress, for undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers.
“Anybody who understands a national presidential campaign understands that the Latino vote is up for grabs,” Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., told the Wall Street Journal. “And so if you’re going to disrespect us by thinking you can come in in the last two weeks and