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Castro represents Illinois during his visit to the White House

WASHINGTON DC —As Midwest chair of the executive committee of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, State Sen. Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) met with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House during the annual National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Summit. organization in Washington DC on Friday.

“It is an honor for me to represent the Hispanic community of Illinois in Washington DC,” Castro said. “Friday’s meeting with Vice President Harris touched on many avenues of collaboration between the state and federal government to ensure the voices and needs of our community are heard.”

The 19th Annual NHCSL National Summit provides an educational and networking experience for Hispanic elected officials, business leaders, community organizations and policy experts. Educational sessions focused on the state of Latin American education, featuring U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, as well as health, affordable housing, diversity and more.

During his meeting with Vice President Harris, Castro joined other state lawmakers from Utah, Virginia, Arizona, Puerto Rico and New Jersey for a discussion on immigration, the federal Build Back Better plan and other important topics.

“I hope to continue my work with stakeholders at all levels of government to ensure the Hispanic community gains representation as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Castro said. “I want to thank Vice President Harris for taking the time to listen carefully to what we had to say.”

Learn more about the work NHCSL is doing to improve representation of the Hispanic community across the country here.