The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund is pleased to provide you with its 2018 Directory of Latino Elected Officials. This Introduction describes the content of the Directory, and includes instructions on how to use its components.

Directory Content

The Directory consists of two sections. These sections are the “Introduction” and the “United States and State Portraits.”

Introduction: This includes the Directory’s preface, acknowledgments, a guide to navigating the Directory’s Excel database, and a description of our methodology. 

United States and State Portraits: These sections include an overall statistical portrait of Latino elected officials in the United States and for the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas.

Excel Database

The Directory also contains a listing of all of the Directory’s Latino elected officials in a Microsoft Excel databaseIt is important to remember that this listing generally only includes officials who were in office as of November 2018 (for State Legislators) or as of January 2018 (for all other elected officials). Several jurisdictions may have had elections since that date, and the results of those elections are not reflected in the database.  This should be taken into account when using the database for statistical analyses or other purposes. 

Explanation of Fields:

Jurisdiction: This field provides the name of the jurisdiction for every elected official.

Fax numbers and E-mail addresses: If there was no fax number or e-mail address available for an elected official, this field was left blank.

Level of office: This field is coded with a letter than indicates the level of office at which the elected official serves.

“A” – U.S. Senator
“a” – U.S. Representative
“b” – Governor
“c” – State Executive
“d” – State Senator
“e” – State Representative or Assemblymember
“f” –  County official
“g” – Municipal official
“h” – Judicial/law enforcement official
“i” –  Education/school board official
“x” – Special district official (such as water, conservation, irrigation, or hospital districts)

Political party:  The codes in this field indicate the party affiliation of the elected officials, as follows:

“DEM” – Democrat
“GOP” – Republican
“IND” – Independent
“N-P” – Serves in a non-partisan office
“*”  – Unaffiliated with any political party, or unable to determine affiliation   


If you have any questions about the Excel database or other files in the Directory, please do not hesitate to contact Martha Recio of the NALEO Educational Fund by phone at (213) 747-7606, ext. 148, or by e-mail at [email protected]. Although the NALEO Educational Fund employs an extensive variety of methods to identify Latino office holders, and we are highly confident of the names included, as a result of the frequent turnover in elected offices, the Directory may contain some errors or omissions. It is our hope that in future editions of the Directory, these errors will be corrected.  All readers of the Directory are urged to contact Ms. Recio to provide information on Latino elected officials not currently included.


Directory Credits
Martha Recio: Directory Coordinator
Monica Medina: Verification Assistant
Freddy Pech: Graphic Design