Voters increased Hispanic representation in several state legislatures from 307 seats to 321 this past election, according to an analysis by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

"A strong showing from Latino voters in Arizona, California and Florida helped Latinos make historic gains in state upper and lower houses this year," NALEO executive director Arturo Vargas said in a release.

The number of Latino Democrats holding seats in the lower chamber of state legislatures is quadruple those held by Latino Republicans. Hispanic Democrats had a net gain of 19 seats in states' lower chambers to raise the party's total from 175 to 194. Latino Republicans had a net loss of nine seats, shrinking their total from 59 seats to 50.

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Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., became the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate. She'll join three incumbent Latino senators: Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Robert Menendez, D-N.J. and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

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