Pelosi Announces Members of the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group on Cinco de Mayo

May 4, 2007
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today the Members of the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group for the 110th Congress, who were recently appointed by the Speaker.

'I am proud to announce that on Tuesday the House of Representatives passed H.R. 347, which recognizes the historic significance of the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. This holiday commemorates the victory of the Mexican people at the Battle of Puebla in 1862,' said Speaker Pelosi. 'Today in the United States, it is also a celebration of the rich contributions that Mexican Americans, and all Hispanics, have made to our country.'

'In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I am pleased to announce Members of the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group for the 110th Congress.  The expertise and leadership of these Members will be crucial to House Democrats' efforts to take our bi-national relationship in a new direction,' Pelosi said.

'I was pleased to meet yesterday with the President of the Mexican Senate, Manilo Fabio Beltrones, about upcoming discussions between our respective legislators.  I am sure that the bilateral relationship will be well served by the depth of knowledge of the new Members of the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group as they work to increase opportunity and prosperity for people on both sides of the border,' said Speaker Pelosi.

The new Democratic U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group members are:

Congressman Ed Pastor of Arizona- Chair

Congressman Linda Sanchez of California- Vice Chair

Congressman Bob Filner of California

Congressman Silvestre Reyes of Texas

Congresswoman Hilda Solis of California

Congressman Ciro Rodriguez of Texas

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona

Congressman David Dreier of California

Congressman Jerry Weller of Illinois

Congressman Luis Fortuño of Puerto Rico

Congressman Connie Mack of Florida

Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas