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Murphy Honors Three Central Florida Leaders to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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Washington, October 15, 2021 | comments

ORLANDO—Today, on the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced that her office has honored three Hispanic leaders who are making a difference in Central Florida. Murphy recognized each of the three individualsJohanna López, Amy Mercado, and Orlando Rolónby submitting statements celebrating their contributions to the United States Congressional Record, the official daily record of all proceedings of the U.S. Congress. Murphy hopes this recognition will raise awareness about the growing number of exceptional Hispanic leaders working to make her district a better place.

“As a part of Hispanic Heritage Month, I am excited to honor the service and activism of three Hispanic leaders who have spent years working to improve our community and the lives of Central Floridians,” said Murphy. “While this month’s celebrations are coming to a close, it’s important for us to remember that every day is an opportunity to highlight the vital role Hispanic Americans have had in the success and growth of our country.”

Murphy has recognized the three following individuals:

  • Johanna López is originally from Puerto Rico and spent 19 years teaching Spanish at Colonial High School in Orlando. She is now serving as the first Puerto Rican-born and only Latina member of the Orange County School Board. Throughout her time as an educator, a school board member, and a community leader, Johanna has touched countless lives and made a positive impact on her community.
  • Amy Mercado grew up in the Bronx and moved to Central Florida with her family in 1996. She is a business leader, former legislator, and currently the first Latina to hold the office of Orange County Property Appraiser. Amy also served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2016 to 2020. She has spent years working to better Central Florida as a leader and community activist. 
  • Orlando Rolón was born in Puerto Rico and moved with his family to Central Florida in 1977. He served for four years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has worked as a police officer for nearly 30 years. In 2018, he became the first person of Hispanic heritage to lead the Orlando Police Department, as the 39th Chief of Police. Throughout his years of service, Chief Rolón has dedicated himself to fighting crime and improving trust between law enforcement and the community.

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