Hispanic Appointments to High Office Made by Obama

Arizona Republic, August 29, 2009

President Barack Obama has appointed more Hispanics to high office than any previous president, reflecting the growing political clout of the nation’s largest minority group. His 43 appointees:

Last name First name Agency Position
Adorno Rolena National Council on the Humanities Member
Avalos Edward U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
Borras Rafael Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Management
Boylan Lorelei Department of Labor Wage and Hour Administrator
Connor Michael Department of the Interior Director of Bureau of Reclamation
De Baca Lou State Department Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking of

Persons

Demeo Marisa Washington, D.C., Superior Court Judge
Diaz Miguel State Department Ambassador to the Vatican
Esquea Jimmy Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Legislation
Fernandez John Commerce Department Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and EDA

Administrator

Fernandez Alberto State Department Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Fernandez Jose State Department Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy and

Business Affairs

Garcia Juan Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs
Garcia Joe Department of Energy Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact
Garza Alexander Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical

Officer

Gomez Gabriella “Gaby” Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Congressional Affairs
Marquez Mercedes Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development
Marshall Capricia State Department Chief of Protocol
Martinez Kathleen “Kathy” Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy
Martinez Vilma State Department Ambassador to Argentina
Mayorkas Alejandro Department of Homeland Security Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Melendez de Santa Ana Thelma Department of Education Assistant Secretary – Elementary & Secondary

Education

Mendez Victor Transportation Department Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
Moreno Ignacia Department of Justice Assistant AG for Environment and Natural Resources Division
Nazario Carmen Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Children and Families
Otero Maria State Department Undersecretary, Global Affairs
Pascual Carlos State Department Ambassador to Mexico
Perez Thomas Department of Justice Assistant AG – Civil Rights
Riojas Jose Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary of Operations, Security, and Preparedness
Rios Rosa Treasury Department Treasurer
Salazar Ken Department of the Interior Secretary
Sanchez Francisco Commerce Department Under Secretary, International Trade
Sepulveda John Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Human Resources
Serino Richard Department of Homeland Security Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management

Agency

Silva Peter Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water
Solis Hilda Department of Labor Secretary
Sotomayor Sonia U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Sutley Nancy Council on Environmental Quality Chairman
Trasvina John Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Triay Ines Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management
Valencia-Weber Gloria Mendivil Legal Services Corporation Board Member
Valenzuela Arturo State Department Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere
Westphal Joe Department of Defense Under Secretary of the Army

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