State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon chosen to lead Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs
WASHINGTON, D.C.—State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon (D-Munster) has been selected to lead the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC), a group of Latino legislators who serve in leadership positions in General Assemblies across the country.
Candelaria Reardon’s election took place during the BHCC’s 13th annual conference in Washington, D.C. The conference is the largest gathering of Latino state legislative leaders in the nation.
Her selection was part of a historic move by the BHCC, which elected Latinas to serve in the top leadership positions of the group for the first time. Selected vice-chair was State Rep. Mary Gonzalez from Texas.
“To be elected chair of such a special Latino legislative organization like the BHCC is a tremendous privilege,” Candelaria Reardon said. “As only the second woman ever to serve as the Chair of the BHCC, and the first legislator from Indiana to take that role, I am immensely honored to help lead the organization through such important times.”
Representing more than 6 million Americans, the BHCC strives to provide a medium for Hispanic leaders to engage in substantive dialogue, as well as address pressing issues in the Hispanic community and the nation as a whole.
“Our goals include advancing smart public policies at the state level, serving as a voice for the Latino community, and supporting the development of Latino state legislative leaders across the country,” Candelaria Reardon said. “From meeting with my colleagues around the country, I can see that we have so many shared objectives: voting rights, health care, quality public education, as well as immigration. I look forward to working with the BHCC to find answers that can benefit us all.”