Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is privileged to announce the appointment of two additional members of the United States Congress, Anthony Gonzalez (OH) and David Valadao (CA), to its Board of Directors.
CHLI Chairman, The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, stated, “It is an honor for CHLI to add Congressmen Anthony Gonzalez and David Valadao to our board. Congressman Gonzalez and Valadao embody the values and mission of CHLI, and I know that they will continue to represent the best of our community.”
Congressman Gonzalez was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he played wide receiver under Coach Jim Tressel, before becoming a first-round draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts. After five seasons in the NFL, Congressman Gonzalez attended Stanford Business School and launched a career in the technology industry before returning home to Northeast Ohio.
“I am honored to serve as a board member of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, to help further advance the message of the Hispanic community,” Gonzalez said. “As the son and grandson of Cuban immigrants, I cherish this opportunity to work with influential members of the Hispanic community to develop and provide necessary programs.”
Congressman Valadao was born and raised in Hanford, California in the center of the agriculturally rich Twenty-First Congressional District. As a lifelong resident of the Central Valley, he has been active in agriculture and dairy industry groups, as well as many local charities.
“I am honored to join the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. As the son of immigrants, I understand the importance of providing opportunities for those of Hispanic and Portuguese descent while fostering our diverse cultures,” Valadao said. “I look forward to working alongside the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute to promote priorities for Hispanic and Portuguese communities in Congress.”
For more information about the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) and its Board of Directors, visit www.chli.org.
Congressman Anthony Gonzalez
U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez is proud to represent Ohio’s 16th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. As the son and grandson of Cuban immigrants who fled the Castro regime, Congressman Gonzalez cherishes the opportunity to serve his country and his community as a member of the world’s greatest legislative body. Congressman Gonzalez serves on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and on the Financial Services Committee, where he is the vice chair of the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. He is also a proud co-chair of the House China Task Force.
Congressman David Valadao
Since he came to Congress, David Valadao has established himself as a leader in agriculture and water policy, two important issues for his constituents in CA-21. His time in Congress has been focused on combating the water issues impacting California’s Central Valley. In the 114th Congress, Valadao introduced H.R. 2829, the Western Water and American Food Security Act, to address the regulatory burdens that have largely contributed to the severe drought conditions in Central and Southern California. Valadao aims to ensure Congress does everything in their power to provide relief for the farmers, families, and entire communities suffering from the current water crisis. This Congress, Valadao has introduced H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act to improve Western water reliability in the United States.
About CHLI: The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and corporate leaders to advance the Hispanic community’s economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. Founded in 2003, CHLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization. CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests, and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent.
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