<p>A South Texas Republican Congresswoman who flipped her district in a June special election has been defeated by a three-term Democratic Congressman, ending her political career in Washington, DC just five months after it began.</p>

<p>Mayra Flores was elected in June to finish the term of veteran Democratic Congressman Filemon Vela, who left office to become a lobbyist. Vela was serving his fifth two-year term in Congress when he resigned in March 2022.</p>

By Hector E. Sanchez

As a coalition of 39 preeminent Latino organizations, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) seeks to influence public policy to ensure that Latino interests are taken into account at the national level. This is an important time to reflect on what the Latino advocacy community believes Congress should accomplish and which policy areas Latinos should keep an eye on in the coming weeks. It is all of our responsibility to hold Members of Congress accountable.