The Influence of the Latino Caucus on the California State Legislature

Maurilio Arreola Leon :

Mentor: Bruce E. Cain, Robson Professor of Political Science

A joint McNair-Haas Scholar, Maurilio will continue his research into the influence of the Latino Caucus within the California State Legislature, in order to determine its effectiveness in addressing issues that impact the constituencies of its members. Founded in 1973, the Caucus has grown from five members to sixteen members, tripling in size in twenty-five years. With the recent election of the second Latino Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, Latino political leadership has continued to grow. Maurilio's timely study promises to provide crucial information and analysis about an increasingly important arena of California state politics and policy-making.