The Congressional Hispanic Caucus will have a new leader in the next congress.
Texas Democratic Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, 65, has been elected to lead the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the 112th congress.
The six-term lawmaker from San Antonio, Texas, says he was elected by the all-Democratic caucus of 22 members, which includes one member awaiting a vote recount to see whether he will return next session.
He serves on the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, and House Administration in the current congress.
Five new Hispanic Republicans were voted to the House of Representatives and one to the Senate in the Nov. 2 elections. Republican Hispanics formed their own group in 2003.
Gonzalez says he will work with the Republicans on issues such as immigration.