Democratic National Committee Finance Chairman Henry R. Munoz III to Join Nation's Latino Policymakers at NALEO 30th Annual Conference Munoz is first Latino to hold position; Address will take place less than a year after Latino voters made history in Election 2012 and while CIR debate continues in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Democratic National Committee Finance Chairman Henry R. Munoz III will join the nation's largest gathering of Latino policymakers at the NALEO 30th Annual Conference in Chicago.  The address will take place during the organization's national leadership luncheon, where Finance Chairman Munoz will join Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and congressional leaders on June 29, 2013 at the Swissotel in Chicago, Illinois.

"As we saw in 2012, the values of the Democratic Party are shared by the Latino Community," said Democratic National Committee Finance Chairman, Henry R. Munoz III.  "This conference is a wonderful opportunity to further our ongoing dialogue of how we can continue to move our country forward and make sure middle class families have the tools they need to succeed."

Considered the nation's annual Latino political convention, the event will feature more than 1,000 Latino public officials and supporters from communities across the country.  Participants will join policy leaders for panel discussions on various issues on the national agenda, including immigration reform, education, healthcare reform implementation, climate change, and an in-depth overview of the growing influence of Latinos in the Midwest. A preliminary agenda can be found on our website here.

The three-day event will take place against the backdrop of several breaking developments this year.  Debate on comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the U.S. Senate will be ongoing, with a vote expected to take place before the July 4th recess. NALEO members will be gathered and poised to react to this legislation in Chicago, in addition to notable U.S. Supreme Court case decisions that are expected to go to the heart of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action.

The conference will take place less than a year after Latino voters made history in Election 2012, comprising 5.4 percent of Illinois voters and 8.4 percent of all voters nationwide.  Going forward, the Latino community is expected to increase their decisive influence on national elections.  NALEO Educational Fund projects that the eligible Latino electorate will reach 25.2 million in 2014, an increase of 18.5 percent from 2010.  This growth will continue in 2016, when the eligible Latino electorate is estimated to reach 28.5 million.

The NALEO conference has become the preeminent forum for our nation's leadership to engage Latino officials and the millions of constituents NALEO members represent. Last year's conference included back-to-back addresses by President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, the first time both candidates addressed the same Latino audience during the campaign.

The NALEO 30th Annual Conference is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsors, State Farm® and Target. For information about the conference and registration, please visit the NALEO website at

What:  NALEO 30th Annual Conference

Who:  NALEO, the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.

When:  June 27 – 29, 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

National Congressional Leadership Luncheon 
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT    

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Address and Q&A
1:00 PM1:30 PM CDT

DNC Finance Chairman Henry R. Munoz III and Q&A
1:30 PM2:00 PM CDT

Where:  Swissotel Chicago
Zurich Ballroom, 1st Floor Event Centre
323 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Media:  Advance registration is required.  For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Bosquez (; 202-546-2536) or Paula Valle Castanon (; 213-765-9414).

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.

Contact: Amanda Bosquez,
(202) 546-2536 ext. 12, (361) 548-6989 (cell)

Paula Valle Castanon, 
(213) 747-7606 ext. 4414, (323) 253-6431 (cell)

SOURCE NALEO Educational Fund


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