Researching Hispanics and Politics in Congress

My research is centered almost completely on the study of congressional elections and representation. Throughout my career I have spent a considerable amount of time searching for data related to the race and ethnicity of candidates for and members of Congress. I have found many reliable resources for historical records and current data about candidates and elected officials who identify as Black, Hispanic and Asian American or Pacific Islander. Here I share some resources I have found useful for researchers who may need data on Hispanics and politics in Congress.

  1. National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
  2. Congressional Hispanic Caucus
    • This congressional member organization for Hispanic Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, members are listed on their website.
  3. Congressional Hispanic Conference
    • This congressional member organization for Hispanic Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, members are listed on their website.
  4. History, Art & Archives of the U.S. House of Representatives: Hispanic Americans in Congress
    • These archives provide a wealth of knowledge regarding the history of Hispanics in Congress since 1822.
    • They provide historical data listing all Hispanic Americans to ever serve in Congress by year and by state/territory. They include data regarding Hispanics holding leadership positions and historical data regarding membership in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Conference.
  5. The Brookings Institution Vital Statistics on Congress
    • Chapter 1: Demographics of Members of Congress is a downloadable excel-formatted dataset that includes a listing of the total number of Hispanics in Congress by year and by party.



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