PATERSON, NJ – Paterson’s Senator Nellie Pou has been elected to serve as the president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, a statement announced on Wednesday.

Pou, who has served in the New Jersey Legislature since 1997, was elected as President Elect at the organization’s annual meeting and will assume the top spot in 2022.

“I am humbled and honored by this election,” Pou said. “As a legislator representing a richly diverse district, I am proud to have the opportunity to bring my experiences in North Jersey to a larger forum. Everyone – citizens, documented immigrants and undocumented ones – deserve fundamental human rights and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish  in the decisive years to come.”

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The NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3. The organization includes 425 members and spans 42 states as well as Puerto Rico. Its mission is to be the foremost organization serving and representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths and territories of the United States and the Western Hemisphere.  The NHCSL meets its mission by serving as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern, such as housing, immigration, education and healthcare to all segments of the Hispanic community.

Additionally, the NHCSL provides a forum for information exchange and member networking, supports leadership training, acts as a liaison with sister U.S. Hispanic organizations. It promotes public and private partnerships with business and labor, and partners with Hispanic state or provincial legislators and their associations represented throughout the world.


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