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11/07/2012 07:14 pm ET

Latino Congress Members: 2012 Election Sets A New Record With The Most Latinos Elected To U.S. Senate, House In History

Latinos didn't just make their presence felt in the presidential election this year.

A record-setting 31 Latinos will take seats in the U.S. Congress in January, according to the non-partisan National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Three of them -- Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Marco Rubio (R-F.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) -- will join the Senate, while 28 will head to the House of Representatives.

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The Hispanic milestone came as Latinos bumped up their share of the electorate to 10 percent, making the country's largest minority an increasingly important demographic for politicians.

The Latino U.S. Representatives in the 113th U.S. Congress will lean liberal heavily, with 23 of them hailing from the Democratic Party.

Conservatives claim two out of the three senators, by contrast. All three of them are Cuban-American.

California and Texas sent the most Latinos to Congress, with nine and six, respectively.

Get to know the Latino winners and losers of the 2012 congressional election in the slideshow above.

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