1936 November 3

Dennis Chavez First Hispanic Elected to the U.S. Senate


Dennis Chavez had been appointed in 1935 to fill an unexpired Senate term from New Mexico, making him the first Hispanic to serve in the U.S. Senate. On this day, he was elected to complete that original term, and in 1940 he was reelected to his first full term.

Chavez served until November 1962, when he died of a heart attack.

In 2015-2016 (113th Congress), there were 30 Hispanics in the House of Representatives and 3 in the Senate.

Learn about Chavez at the Biographical Directory of the U. S. Congresshttp://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000338

Learn more: John Garcia, Latino Politics in America: Community, Culture, and Interests (2003)

And more: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States (2014)

Learn about Latino elected officials today: http://naleo.org/

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