WASHINGTON -- An Obama administration official credited with improving White House access for the burgeoning Hispanic news media is leaving his post.

Luis Miranda, 36, who grew up in South Florida and staffed then-presidential candidate Al Gore’s Miami-Dade campaign office, is stepping down to return to the private sector as a communications consultant. The White House’s director of Hispanic media, Miranda is credited – within the White House and the Hispanic media – with helping to provide access not seen in previous administrations. The outreach came as the White House was courting the growing Hispanic vote, which helped President Barack Obama win re-election last fall.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/08/5247795/white-house-official-who-bettered.html#storylink=cpy

Read the whole story at McClatchy Newspapers

Loading Slideshow...
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX)

    The Cuban-American conservative who's faced <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/ted-cruz-latino_n_2051960.html">offensive attacks against his Hispanic background</a> became the first Latino from Texas to hold a U.S. Senate seat.

  • Richard Carmona (D-Ariz.)

    He waged a competitive campaign and mobilized an emerging Latino electorate, but the former surgeon general lost his Senate seat bid by <a href="http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2012/11/richard_carmona_fares_better_t.php">80,000 votes to Republican Jeff Flake.</a>

  • Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)

    Tucson's Raul Grijalva did not face much of a challenge from Republican challenger Gabriela Saucedo Mercer.

  • Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.)

    Obama surrogate Xavier Becerra trounced his opponent, winning some 86 percent of the vote.

  • Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.)

    The former Los Angeles City Councilman will <a href="http://www.voxxi.com/tony-cardenas-california-congressman/">take a seat in Congress</a>.

  • Grace Flores Napolitano (D-Calif.)

    Incumbent Flores Napolitano retained her seat.

  • Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.)

    The incumbent held her seat.

  • Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Calif.)

    <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/11/gloria-negrete-mcleod-bests-joe-baca-in-congressional-race.html">State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod unseated</a> fellow Democrat Joe Baca.

  • Joe Baca (D-Calif.)

    The incumbent won't have a seat in Congress next year after losing to State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod.

  • Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.)

    Sanchez will become a U.S. Representative.

  • Jose Hernandez (D-Calif.)

    Former astronaut <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49728894/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.UJrnuOOe8ho">Jose Hernandez came up with 46 percent</a> of the vote -- not enough to defeat his Republican challenger.

  • Abel Maldonado (R-Calif.)

    California's Lt. Gov. Maldonado came up short in his bid to enter Congress.

  • Juan Vargas (D-Calif.)

    The former state senator moved up a notch to the House of Representatives.

  • Joe Garcia (D-Fl.)

    South Florida got a Cuban-American Democrat for U.S. Rep. when Garcia defeated incumbent conservative David Rivera.

  • David Rivera (R-FL)

    Facing a campaign finance scandal, Rivera lost his congressional seat to fellow Cuban-American challenger Joe García.

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl.)

    The Cuban-American former chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee is back for another term.

  • Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

    Labrador's still representing Idaho voters in Congress.

  • Luis Gutierrez (D-Il.)

    The immigration reform champion cruised to reelection.

  • Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.)

    The Democratic U.S. Representative cruised to an easy victory.

  • Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.)

    Lujan Grisham has become <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lujan-Grisham-elected-to-Congress-in-Albuquerque-4016276.php">Albuquerque's newest Congresswoman</a>.

  • Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.)

    The New Mexico Democrat owes her seat in Congress in part to <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lujan-Grisham-elected-to-Congress-in-Albuquerque-4016276.php">New Mexico's large Latino population</a>.

  • Albio Sires (D-N.J.)

    The Cuban-American U.S. Rep. retained his seat.

  • Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

    New Jersey Cuban-American Bob Menendez is still a U.S. senator.

  • Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.)

    The incumbent New York U.S. Rep. kept her seat.

  • Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.)

    The incumbent congressman retained his seat.

  • Joaquin Castro (D-Tx.)

    Joaquin Castro, the brother of Democratic Caucus sensation Julian Castro, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/onpolitics/2012/11/06/joaquin-castro-congress-election-texas/1686933/">won himself a seat</a> in the House of Representatives.

  • Pete Gallego (D-Tx.)

    The San Antonio politician heads to the House of Representatives.

  • Francisco Canseco (R-Tx.)

    Francisco Canseco won't be headed to Washington this year. He was defeated by Democrat Pete Gallego.

  • Henry Cuellar (D-Tx.)

    Winner!

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wa.)

    Winner!

  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

    The incumbent retained her seat. <em><strong>CORRECTION:</strong> A previous version of this caption incorrectly stated Ms. Lucille Roybal-Allard's political affiliation and state. She's a California Democrat.</em>