11th Annual GALEO Power Breakfast, Friday, May 18, 2014 @ Hilton Atlanta in Norcross, GA
Good morning everyone, I’m Congressman Hank Johnson.
Jerry, it has been such a pleasure working with you and all the members of GALEO.
You are a great organization that is making a huge difference.
You’re doing important work that must continue and grow!
I want you all to know that I am one of the members of Congress who is working hard to enact comprehensive immigration reform. The time is now, and I stand with my colleagues who are taking action to demand a vote. We will not let up!
Congratulations to Jason Esteves, your keynote speaker on being the first Hispanic American elected to the Atlanta Board of Education, a first for any school board in the State of Georgia! Jason, you are a trailblazer and we hope many more will follow in your footsteps.
But Jerry, I really came to present something to you this morning. It’s a wonderful publication which is “hot off the presses,” published by The Committee on House Administration and the Office of the Historian and just released on April 7---- it’s a brand new title Hispanic Americans in Congress: 1822-2012.
It’s a great read. For almost 200 years, Hispanic American legislators have been standing up for American values and making huge contributions to the fabric of this nation.
There are currently 27 members serving in Congress and since 1822, ninety-one (91) have served!
Your heritage in Congress is a great one! It’s an inspiring story.
So today, Jerry I present you with this informative and long overdue chronicle. I hope that all the members of GALEO enjoy it!