U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was honored this week by the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) with their 2016 Leadership in Public Service Award. Rep. Denham accepted the award during a ceremony on Wednesday, April 20 at the 12thAnnual CHLI Gala.
“I am honored to accept this award from the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute,” said Rep. Denham. “I share their commitment to advocating for the Latino community and ensuring the success of Hispanic families in California and across the country, and it was great to be with so many national leaders who have fought tirelessly for the advancement of Hispanics. I look forward to continuing to work with members of the Latino community on our many shared priorities, including access to higher education, creating jobs, and reforming our broken immigration system.”
The CHLI Leadership in Public Service Award was established to recognize leaders who serve as role models for the Hispanic community in the United States. Past CHLI honorees include Alvaro Uribe Velez, former President of Colombia; Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar of Spain; President Felipe Calderon of Mexico; President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras; Senator John Cornyn and Governor Jeb Bush. At this year’s ceremony, Leopoldo Lopez, a Venezuelan opposition leader who is currently a political prisoner, was recognized along with Rep. Denham and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL).
“CHLI is privileged to be honoring U.S. Congressmen Jeff Denham and Mike Quigley, and Venezuelan pro-democracy leader Leopoldo Lopez. Our three honorees truly embody the spirit of democracy, and make us all proud,” said Lincoln Diaz-Balart, former Member of Congress and CHLI Chairman.
CHLI was founded by Members of Congress to advance the Hispanic Community’s economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. Founded in 2003, CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of Americans of Hispanic descent. CHLI programs strengthen the U.S. Hispanic community by promoting the advancement of Hispanics in all sectors of the U.S. and global economy, and it has focused its efforts on developing and strengthening tomorrow’s leaders.