The mission of the RNHA is to build a membership organization to foster the principles of the Republican Party in the Hispanic community; to provide Americans of Hispanic heritage with a forum to play an influential role in local, state and national Party activities; to increase the number of Republican elected officials; and to create and maintain a network of Hispanic Republican leaders.
- To support the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and the Constitution and Laws of Illinois to the end that Government shall truly be, in fact, “A government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
- To support the principles, objectives and platforms of the Republican Party of the United States of America and the Republican Party of Illinois.
- To develop and maintain a strong, effective and informed Republican Hispanic constituency throughout the state of Illinois.
- To recruit and encourage qualified, Hispanic Americans, as registered Republicans, to seek office at all levels of government.
- To elect Republican candidates to office at all levels of government.
- To adopt resolutions and policy positions on local, state and national issues and to seek to implement these resolutions and policy positions through the networks of the Republican Party and other appropriate means.
- To promote and encourage citizen participation in Republican activities and to support the principles, objectives and platforms of the Republican Party of the United States of America and the Republican Party of Illinois.
- To insure the participation of citizens of Hispanic heritage in the American political process and in all levels of the Republican Party.
Since 1974 the RNHA has been involved in the elections of presidents Ford, Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Our new leadership is strongly committed to the following:
- To increase the RNHA membership, and its role as a resource to local, state, and national GOP candidates and leaders.
- To increase, organize and expand state and local RNHA chapters.
- To develop and present regional training conferences which provide guidance on organizational issues, electoral planning and mobilizing the Hispanic vote.
- To communicate the GOP message to the Hispanic community by participating in educational forums.
- To act as community liaison between the Hispanic community and the Republican Party.
The 1972 Presidential campaign, for the first time in U.S. history, created an outreach committee to involve Hispanic American voters in politics. The Spanish Speaking Committee for the Re-Election of President Nixon was instrumental in the acquisition of 60% of the Hispanic vote.
In 1972 President Nixon appointed George Bush as Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Reviewing the substantial gains scored by GOP candidates among voters of Hispanic background during the past election, Bush believed there was a need to keep all those Hispanic Americans who participated in President Nixon’s presidential election in the ranks of the Republican Party.
In April of 1973, Chairman Bush announced the formation of the Spanish Speaking Advisory Committee to the RNC to expand and improve the participation of Spanish surnamed persons in the Party.
Under the leadership of the national members of the Spanish Speaking Advisory Committee, the RNHA was officially born at the organizational meeting that took place on July 11-13, 1974 at the Stouffer’s National Center Inn in Crystal City, Virginia.
In 1974 the RNHA was officially organized by a group of Hispanic Republicans under the leadership of then-incumbent RNC Chairman George Bush. Since that time, the RNHA has been the only Hispanic Republican organization recognized as allied with the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Today, the RNHA continues to play an influential role as an allied organization of the RNC. With chapters throughout the nation, the RNHA is committed to its mission of inclusion, outreach and opportunity for the Hispanic community.