ProLiteracy Congratulates New Co-Chair of House Adult Literacy Caucus
SYRACUSE, NY, February 15, 2011 — Representative Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) has signed on as co-chair of the newly formed House Adult Literacy Caucus. Created in 2010 by former Representative Dan Maffei (D-NY) at the request of ProLiteracy and the National Coalition for Literacy, the bipartisan caucus aims to bring attention to the critical need for literacy services for the estimated 32 million adults in the country who have below-basic reading skills. The House Adult Literacy Caucus' mission is to build awareness in Congress about the adult literacy crisis in the United States and around the world and to support legislation initiatives to advance this issue. Representative Hinojosa will serve as co-chair with Representative Phil Roe (R-TN).
"I am pleased that Representative Hinojosa has stepped forward in a leadership position with the House Adult Literacy Caucus to replace the former chair, former U.S. Representative Dan Maffei,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. "Representative Hinojosa has a long and esteemed record of advocating for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, and we are excited to have another enthusiastic and determined partner join us in advancing adult literacy.”
According to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 93 million adults in the U.S. do not have the literacy skills needed to reach their full potential. Thirty million of those individuals have such low levels of literacy that they cannot fill out a simple job application or take a driver’s exam. Many live in poverty, lack a high school diploma, and struggle to find and retain living wage jobs.
To date, 16 members of Congress representing 12 states have joined the House Adult Literacy Caucus. ProLiteracy members are urged to contact their elected representatives and encourage them to join the House Adult Literacy Caucus.
Representative Hinojosa is serving his eighth term in Congress, representing a district that spans from the Rio Grande Valley to historic Goliad and the Coastal Bend region in Texas. In Congress, he is regarded as a champion for the disadvantaged and has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for education, housing, and economic development. Representative Hinojosa serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Financial Services.
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