ATLANTA – A state senator and elected state representative have joined forces to form the first Hispanic General Assembly caucus.
Sen. Jason Anavitarte, R-Dallas, who was elected Senate Majority Chairman last week, and Rep. Rey Martinez-elect, R-Loganville, announced Thursday the formation of the Georgia Hispanic Caucus.
The caucus is open to lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of legislatures with the goal of providing strong representation for Georgia’s more than 1 million Hispanic residents.
Hispanics make up more than 10% of the state’s population. They are the third largest and second fastest growing ethnic group in Georgia.
“Over the past decade, Georgia has seen tremendous growth within the Hispanic community,” Anavitarte said. “In November’s General Assembly … Georgians elected a record number of Hispanic officials to serve them in the House and Senate.
“In forming our state’s first-ever Hispanic caucus, my Republican colleagues and I want not only to represent strongly one of our state’s most important communities, but also to send a clear message that Hispanic values will be at the center of conversations under the Gold Dome for those to come.” Years.”
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“Hispanics are not single voters who only care about immigration,” Martinez added. “We are parents, business owners, and hard-working Georgians who ultimately want the same freedoms and opportunities that have enabled generations of Americans to achieve wealth and success. These are the values – and the people – that the Hispanic Caucus will work tirelessly to defend.”
Anavitarte was elected to the General Assembly two years ago. He represents the 31stSt Senate district covering all of Polk County and most of Paulding County.
Martinez was seated on an open seat on the 111th floor this monthth House District with more than 65% of the vote. The district includes parts of Gwinnett and Walton counties.
The presence of Hispanic lawmakers in the General Assembly dates back two decades. Rep. Pedro “Pete” Marin, D-Duluth, was elected in 2002. Other Hispanic lawmakers serving under the Gold Dome include former Sen. Sam Zamarripa, D-Atlanta, and former Rep. David Casas, R-Lilburn.
The Georgia Hispanic Caucus will formally meet when the 2023 General Assembly session begins in January.
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