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Spanish or Hispanic ancestry Politicians in Michigan

  Tony Benavides (b. 1937) — of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in San Vicente, Nuevo León, May 5, 1937. Director, Cristo Rey Community Center, from 1969; mayor of Lansing, Mich., 2003-05; defeated, 2005. Catholic. Hispanic ancestry. Member, Kiwanis; Urban League. Still living as of 2005.
  Relatives: Son of Jesus Benavides and Maria Benavides.
  Belda Garza — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Mexico City (Ciudad de México), Distrito Federal. Democrat. Member of Michigan state house of representatives 9th District, 1999-. Female. Catholic. Mexican ancestry. Still living as of 2000.
  Manuel R. Gatell (1867-1915) — also known as Manuel Ricardo Gatell Garcia de Quevedo — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Ponce, Ponce Municipio, Puerto Rico, June 10, 1867. Naturalized U.S. citizen; Vice-Consul for Central America in Detroit, Mich., 1897-98; Vice-Consul for Honduras in Detroit, Mich., 1899-1900; Vice-Consul for Nicaragua in Detroit, Mich., 1899-1901; Partido Federal candidate for Resident Commissioner to U.S. Congress from Puerto Rico, 1900. Spanish and Puerto Rican ancestry. Died in Cienfuegos, Cuba, February 23, 1915 (age 47 years, 258 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Fidel Gatell=y=Moragás and Ana Garcia=de=Quevedo; married, July 19, 1897, to Maria Antonia Antonmattei=y=Pietri.
  Jesus Gonzales Jr. — of Michigan. Progressive. Candidate for Michigan state senate 11th District, 1950; candidate for Michigan state board of agriculture, 1951. Hispanic ancestry. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Alma Pedroza (1917-1999) — Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 22, 1917. Democrat. Opera singer; honored guest, Democratic National Convention, 1960 ; travel agency owner. Female. Mexican ancestry. Died, from cardiac arrest while suffering from lung cancer and colon cancer, in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., February 16, 1999 (age 81 years, 86 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Alfonso Pedroza.
  Lupe Ramos-Montigny — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; chair of Kent County Democratic Party, 2003-04; member of Michigan state board of education; elected 2012. Female. Hispanic ancestry. Still living as of 2012.
  Demetrio Saenz — of Michigan. Human Rights candidate for Michigan state house of representatives 58th District, 1974. Hispanic ancestry. Still living as of 1974.
  Gumecindo Salas (b. 1941) — of East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in 1941. Democrat. Candidate for Michigan state house of representatives 24th District, 1970; member of Michigan state board of education, 1977-84, 1987-94; defeated, 1972, 1984, 1994. Hispanic ancestry. Still living as of 1994.
  Vincent Tuero (1881-1953) — also known as Vicente Sifuentes Tuero — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y.; North Tonawanda, Niagara County, N.Y.; Southfield, Oakland County, Mich.; San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex. Born in Durango, January 26, 1881. Socialist. Naturalized U.S. citizen; streetcar conductor; financial secretary and Treasurer, Street Carmen's Union; candidate for New York state assembly from Erie County 2nd District, 1918; during a railway strike in 1922, the Niagara Falls High Speed Line train line was dynamited, wrecking a train and injuring its passengers; in 1923, Tuero and others were indicted in federal court for conspiring to steal, transport, and place the dynamite; a trial was held in January 1926, but the charges against Tuero were dismissed by the judge at the end of the prosecution's case. Mexican ancestry. Died, from a cerebral hemorrhage, in Laurelwood Rest Home, San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex., July 9, 1953 (age 72 years, 164 days). Interment somewhere in San Antonio, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of Mariano Tuero and Dolores (Sifuentes) Tuero.
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