New Latinos in Power: Marco Rubio, Raul Labrador, Francisco Canseco

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On Tuesday, 90-year-old former First Lady Nancy Reagan slipped and fell during an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley today. Luckily, Senator Marco Rubio was there to catch Nancy before she hit the ground (see the video below).

A spokeswoman for the library tells CNN that Reagan was not injured. "She's just fine. Our aisles were crowded and she tripped on a stanchion, but recovered quickly, and we started the program on time," said Melissa Giller, a spokeswoman for the library. 

The November mid-term elections brought about a lot of changes, not the least of which was a whole crop of new Latinos to Congress. In the next few weeks, we’ll profile the newbies. We’ll let you know who they are, where they come from, what they’re about and what they plan to do in their first year in office.

Marco Rubio
Office: U.S. Senate for Florida
Age: 39, married to Colombian Jeannette Dousdebes, four kids

Bio: Born to Cuban immigrants—a bartender father and a hotel housekeeper mother—the good-looking, uber-articulate, charismatic former state rep came out of nowhere to trounce Gov. Charlie Crist for the Senate seat, thanks in part to endorsement from the Tea Party. No wonder he has huge GOP buzz, which includes whispers of a possible run for President, as early as 2012. You’re pretty much looking at the future of the Republican Party and its effort to win over Latinos.

His plan: Cut, cut, cut spending! Rubio campaigned against government spending and earmarks. Not one to mince words, he has also vowed to help repeal and replace Obama’s health care bill, which he called “disastrous.” Education is also high on his list. Rubio has said he hopes to improve school choice by creating a federal corporate income tax credit. He may have be a GOP darling, but don’t expect him to fall in line with everything Republicans dictate. In his election night victory speech, he seemed more a GOP leader than follower:  “Republicans would be mistaken if we misread these results as simply an embrace of the Republican Party,” he warned. “This Election is a second chance for Republicans to be what we said we were going to be."

Raul Labrador
Office: Republican U.S. Representative for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District
Age: 43

Bio: The Puerto Rico-born Mormon lawyer, state representative and married father of five may lack Rubio’s charisma, but he stunned everyone, including the GOP establishment, by beating out better-known and groomed Republicans in a primary, then went on to win it all. He is a staunchly anti-abortion at a time when Republican congressional leadership wants to put tight restrictions on abortions and favors crackdowns on illegal immigration.

His plan: First, repeal “Obamacare” and zip up the government’s wallet. “There’s nothing more important we can do than be fiscally responsible,” he recently said on Fox. “Businesses are cutting their spending and they want us to do the same. Democrats ignored the American people for the last two years and they got fired.”

Francisco Canseco
Office: Republican U.S. Representative for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District
Age: 61

Bio: A Mexican American, Laredo-raised lawyer, small business owner and bank director, “Quico” Canseco is living proof that Latinos are not a homogenous political group. He supports the Arizona immigration law, the extension of the Bush tax cuts and the repeal the recent of the health care bill.

His plan: Stop taxpayer-funded bailouts for big companies, slash taxes for businesses to foster job creation. As far as immigration reform, Canseco wants to go after illegal gang members, felons and drug traffickers in particular, and says that a general amnesty “is not an option.”

 

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Damarys Ocaña Perez,

Damarys Ocaña Perez is Director of Editorial Content at Latina Media Ventures. She leads its magazine, Latina, the pre-eminent beauty, fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine for acculturated U.S. Hispanic women and is responsible for maintaining Latina’s voice, vision and mission across all LMV platforms. Born in Havana and raised in Miami, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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