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There is very limited Latino presence in the State Senate, with one Latina State Senator in office; having five Latinos in the Senate would be proportionate to the statewide Latino population. Six Latinos serve in the 160-member House of Representatives; eighteen would be proportionate. There are no Latinos in the state’s congressional delegation.

City councilors and members of school committees account for 83% of all Latinos serving in key elected leadership positions. The top 20 cities and towns with the largest proportions of Latino residents in Massachusetts account for 57% of the Latino population in the state. Among these cities and towns, only eight have at least one Latino and/or Latina elected official serving on the school committee or city council. Of the 369 municipal positions in these 20 cities and towns, Latino elected officials make up 11% of officeholders. In only one city (Lawrence) does a Latino serve as mayor.

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Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //



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