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PerezPhoto.JPGCalifornia elected officials snagged three out of 10 spots on a new list of Latino politicians to watch that's been compiled by MSNBC.

Two Los Angeles legislators -- Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla -- were named rising stars from the increasingly influential voting bloc.

The list cast Padilla, who is termed out of the Senate in 2014, as on a clear path to Congress, writing "he has the makings of a Washington power player."

Of Pérez, who was recognized for being an openly gay Latino politician, the site wrote: "If he keeps up his ambitious political track record, he may soon become more of a household name."

Former Democratic Rep. Hilda Solis, who now serves as President Barack Obama's labor secretary, also made the list. The post notes that Solis, the first Hispanic woman elected to the state Senate, "doesn't show signs of slowing down any time soon."

Click here to see a gallery of the full list.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, talks about the California budget at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.


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