A Republican congressman from Florida has been named to a group of congressional representatives working with Mexican legislators. U.S. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., named U.S. Rep. Ross Spano to the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group (IPG) on Thursday.
“The IPG is tasked with fostering dialogue between members of the United States’ and Mexican legislative bodies on issues of bilateral importance,” Spano’s office noted.
“I am honored to represent the United States as a member of this group,” said Spano. “Our neighbors across the Gulf have long played a pivotal role in U.S. history, and I look forward to engaging with my colleagues to better understand the challenges our nations face. I intend to work towards mutually advantageous solutions on the strawberry trade impacting my district, border security, and immigration.”
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, leads Republicans on the IPG and welcomed the Florida congressman to his ranks.
“I am pleased to welcome Congressman Spano’s appointment to the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group as we work collaboratively to strengthen our partnership and address key issues that bind our two nations. Congressman Spano’s years of experience in Florida, during which he stood as a strong advocate against human trafficking, will bring a unique perspective in resolving vital security and immigration concerns and I look forward to continuing this important work alongside him,” McCaul said.
First elected to the Florida House in 2012, Spano ran for state attorney general in 2018 but shifted his ambitions to run for Congress after U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., announced his surprise retirement. Spano represents parts of Hillsborough, Lake and Polk Counties. Spano is expected to be a top target for Democrats come 2020 and several potential candidates are considering running against him.
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