There are extra Latinx individuals in elected workplace than ever earlier than within the U.S. — however there may be nonetheless a protracted approach to go to get to full illustration of Latinx individuals in public workplace.
A brand new report launched Wednesday by nonprofit NALEO Academic Fund discovered that there have been 7,087 Latinx elected officers within the U.S. final 12 months, from native faculty boards to state officers to Congress — a document excessive, however nonetheless far beneath a consultant proportion.
In 2021, Latinx individuals accounted for 1.4% of all elected officers nationwide — removed from being consultant of the broader Latinx inhabitants, which makes up 19% of the U.S.
The group, which has tracked the variety of Latinx individuals in public workplace for the previous 37 years, discovered that the variety of Latinx elected officers elevated by 3% from 2020, and by 75% from 20 years in the past, in 2001.
“Whereas it’s encouraging to see the rising variety of Latino elected officers, we should additionally do not forget that the work towards making certain equitable illustration is way from over,” NALEO Academic Fund CEO Arturo Vargas stated in an announcement. “We nonetheless have a lot to do to make sure that Latino communities all through the nation are capable of elect leaders which can be accountable and aware of their issues and wishes.”