SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS – Last week, State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-11) joined former legislators and members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus (ILLC) to take the Oath of Office, in the historic Old State Capitol.
Former State Senator Miguel Del Valle presided over the inauguration ceremony for the new caucus of the 100th General Assembly. Senator Sandoval was sworn-in as the state legislature’s new Latino caucus Co-Chair. In this role, Sandoval will help steer the ILLC’s legislative priorities.
“I am grateful to my Latino Caucus colleagues for entrusting me with this new responsibility,” Sandoval said. “As we look ahead to the 100th General Assembly, great challenges loom. We will need to contend with a budget stalemate and a President who has displayed appalling hostility toward the Hispanic community. More than ever, the ILLC must be united, determined, and strategic in its efforts to improve educational outcomes, expand economic opportunity, and ensure our communities public safety. I am eager to tackle these and other matters with my fellow Caucus members. I look forward to working with incoming Co-Chair Representative Fred Crespo to advance our Caucus’ goals.”
The son of Mexican immigrants, Sandoval has more than 30 years of leadership experience at the highest levels of state, county and federal government. He was the first Latino senator to be appointed as the chairman of the committee on Commerce and Economic Development and currently serves as the Chairman of the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee. Sandoval created the first joint committee on immigration in the Illinois Senate, where he also served as Chairman. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Latino Members of the Illinois General Assembly to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda.
Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios were among the honored guests.
The inauguration ceremony started the reception with a performance by the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and ended the event with the Mariachi Heritage Foundation.
Senator Sandoval represents the 11th Senate District, which includes the neighborhoods of Brighton Park, Clearing, Gage Park, Garfield Ridge, Little Village, West Lawn, and West Cook municipalities of Bedford Park, Burbank, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney, Summit and Riverside.