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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

An Inside Look at History

The time I spent at the White House reception for Justice Sotomayor last week was both inspiring and energizing. I left D.C. with a stronger sense of certainty that Texas is making large strides in Latino politics and that this administration is taking notice.

During their speeches, both President Obama and Justice Sotomayor commented on our nation's growth toward "a more perfect union" and that this growth is what has brought about one of the most significant Supreme Court nominations in 220 years.

After leaving the reception, it became clear to me that in order for our state to contribute to "a more perfect union" our elected officials must recognize that their constituency is changing rapidly. Latinos are the largest demographic group enrolled in grades K-8, comprising 48.6% of the Texas student population. This socioeconomic mobility in the Latino community is reshaping our state and may soon be reshaping the players in both our state and federal political arenas.

As promised, here are some pictures from my trip to the White House.

President Obama and Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivering her speech

Standing outside the White House

With Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and Donna Brazile

With Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Bo Obama hanging around the White House