LULAC Celebrates its 18th Annual Legislative Conference and Awards Gala with Prominent Latino Leaders and Honored Guests who Have Helped Advance the Interests of the Latino Community

February 5, 2015

Paloma Zuleta

Washington, D.C.—LULAC’s Annual Legislative Conference provides a unique opportunity for LULAC members to meet with Members of Congress and agency leaders to discuss issues critical to the Hispanic community. This year LULAC members will meet with over 200 Congressional offices to talk about how today's policies affect the Latino community. In addition, LULAC will continue its Emerge Latino Conference hosting over 150 college students from across the country to meet with policy makers about issues important to their generation and their families. The student’s activities will include participation in policy briefings on health, education, and immigration.

Top issues to be discussed as part of the legislative conference include the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Higher Education Act (HEA), as well as issues related to the Affordable Care Act, and the President’s new immigration-related administrative actions.

The Legislative Conference will begin on February 11, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC where the country’s leading issue experts and advocacy leaders will lead a series of workshops to discuss how inequalities in health, education, technology and immigration affect the Latino community. Members of Congress and Administration officials confirmed to participate in various conference panels include: Mr. John King, Delegated Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education; Mr. Broderick Johnson, Chair, My Brother’s Keeper Task Force; The Honorable Jared Polis, U.S. House of Representatives; and The Honorable Michelle Lujan Grisham; U.S House of Representatives.

The Innovation and Leadership Luncheon on February 11 will feature key congressional speakers who will discuss innovative approaches to improving the lives of Latinos. The Members of Congress and Administration officials confirmed to participate in the luncheon include: The Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; The Honorable Linda Sanchez, U.S. House of Representatives, Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus; The Honorable Pete Aguilar, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Sarah Saldaña, Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Later that evening, the 18th Annual LULAC National Awards Gala will highlight key leaders who have served the Hispanic community with distinction. Awardees include: The Honorable Luis Alejo, Assemblymember, California State Assembly will be presented with the LULAC National Legislative Award. The LULAC National Leadership Award will be given to Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, Executive Director, The University of Texas Americas Institute and the LULAC National Public Service Award will be given to Antonio Villaraigosa, 41st Mayor of Los Angeles.

On February 12 LULAC will host a press conference and a second luncheon on Capitol Hill. Key congressional speakers confirmed to participate include: The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, Democratic Whip; The Honorable Tony Cardenas, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Chris Van Hollen, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Carlos Curbelo, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Joaquin Castro, U.S. House of Representatives; and The Honorable Marc Veasey, U.S. House of Representatives.

Members of the press interested in attending any of the events listed above should contact Paloma Zuleta or Jossie Sapunar. In addition those interested in attending the legislative conference sessions can go to For more information please go to


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