02/19/2013 08:10 am ET

Nevada's Hispanics Come of Age Politically

More than 125 years ago, after the 1874 elections, Pablo Laveaga became the first Hispanic ever elected to the Nevada Legislature, representing Humboldt County.

The next Hispanic legislator in Nevada came 70 years later. The third was not elected until another 38 years had passed.

Recently, however, thanks to changes in the state's demographics and opportunities that have come from tweaks in the state electoral system, Hispanics have been getting elected at a much faster pace.

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