A Record Number Of Latinx People Held Elected Office In 2021

Even so, Latinx people made up only 1.4% of all elected officials while comprising 19% of the U.S. population.

There are more Latinx people in elected office than ever before in the U.S. — but there is still a long way to go to get to full representation of Latinx people in public office.

A new report released Wednesday by nonprofit NALEO Educational Fund found that there were 7,087 Latinx elected officials in the U.S. last year, from local school boards to state officials to Congress — a record high, but still far below a representative proportion.

In 2021, Latinx people accounted for 1.4% of all elected officials nationwide — far from being representative of the broader Latinx population, which makes up 19% of the U.S.

The group, which has tracked the number of Latinx people in public office for the past 37 years, found that the number of Latinx elected officials increased by 3% from 2020, and by 75% from two decades ago, in 2001.

In today’s Congress, there are a record 54 Latinx members — 47 in the House and seven in the Senate, per the Congressional Research Service.

“While it is encouraging to see the growing number of Latino elected officials, we must also remember that the work toward ensuring equitable representation is far from over,” NALEO Educational Fund CEO Arturo Vargas said in a statement. “We still have much to do to ensure that Latino communities throughout the nation are able to elect leaders that are accountable and responsive to their concerns and needs.”