Media Advisory: US Rep. Castro to discuss US-Latin American relations at Rice’s Baker Institute March 26

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David Ruth

Jeff Falk

US Rep. Castro to discuss US-Latin American relations at Rice’s Baker Institute March 26

HOUSTON – (March 13, 2018) – U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, will discuss the role of the United States in Latin America at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy March 26.

This event is co-hosted by the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and Latin America Initiative. Registration for the general public costs $15 and can be submitted at

Who: U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio.

Tony Payan, the Francoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at the Baker Institute and director of the Mexico Center, will moderate a brief question-and-answer session following Castro’s remarks.

What: An event titled “The U.S. Role in Latin America: A Conversation With the Honorable Joaquin Castro.”

When: Monday, March 26, 1-1:45 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

Elected in 2012, Castro represents Texas’ 20th Congressional District, which covers a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. Now in his third term, Castro serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is a member of the House Democratic leadership as chief deputy whip and was co-president of the House freshman Democrats in 2013. Castro previously served in the Texas Legislature, winning his first election in 2002 at age 28. He was a five-term state representative for District 125 before his election to Congress.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

An archived webcast will be available after the event at

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.


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