Washington, D.C.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 12, 2002–The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) announced today the election of Kansas State Senator Paul Feleciano as their new President. Senator Feleciano will complete the term of the late Connecticut State Representative John Martinez, who tragically lost his life in a car accident last month. Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte was selected as First Vice-President. The appointments were made by a unanimous decision of the NHCSL Executive Committee during an emergency meeting convened Thursday, October 31. New York Senator Efrain Gonzalez initiated the nominations.
Senator Feleciano of Wichita, Kansas was elected to the Kansas Senate in 1976, making him the longest-serving member and Dean of the Senate. He has 30 years of service in the Kansas legislature, serving in the House of Representatives for four years prior to his election to the Senate. He is currently CEO/President of Global One Technologies, Ltd. Senator Feleciano has been honored by Hispanic Magazine with the “National Leadership Award” and was named the 1995 “Man of the Year” by Hispanic Today. The Senator is a past President of NHCSL. “I am honored to continue Representative Martinez’s hard work and vision to address issues critical to the Hispanic community across the country,” Feleciano said.
New NHCSL First Vice-President, Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte, has served in the Texas Senate since 1999 after serving five legislative sessions in the House of Representatives. Senator Van de Putte is a strong advocate for health care, education and economic issues and over the past two decades she has been honored with many awards recognizing her legislative accomplishments including a feature in Texas Monthly’s “10 Best Legislators” article and Hispanic Journal Magazine’s “The Best of the 77th Legislature” for 2001.
The NHCSL is the preeminent organization representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. They are a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community. The NHCSL serves as a forum for information exchange and member networking; an institute for leadership training; a liaison with sister U.S. Hispanic organizations; a promoter of public/private partnerships with business and labor; and a partner with Hispanic state and provincial legislators and their associations representing Central and South America.