2000-2009 (Hispanic/Latino)
2000
Norman Mineta

President Clinton appoints Norman Mineta as U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The first Asian American appointed to Cabinet.

2000
Sila M. Calderón

Sila M. Calderón is elected Puerto Rico's first woman governor.

2003
Hispanic Become Largest Minority Group

New census numbers show the Hispanic largest minority group – surpassing African Americans.

2003
Jose Hernandez Rebollar Develops the Acceleglove

Device translates over 300 words in the English and Spanish languages to sign language.

2005
Alberto Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales is confirmed as the first Latino U.S. Attorney-general.

2006
Benjamin Valles

Benjamin Valles patented a system and a method for pre-forming cable for promoting adhesion to over-molded sensor body.

2009
Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor becomes the first Latina appointed to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.