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First Hispanic Director Of The Census Bureau Sworn In

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FILE - Census Bureau Director nominee Robert Santos, testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, July 15, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Santos was sworn in Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 as the head of the nation's largest statistical agency, becoming the first Hispanic director of the U.S. Census Bureau. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(AP) — Robert Santos has been sworn in as the head of the nation’s largest statistical agency. He became the first Hispanic director of the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, as well as the bureau’s 26th director.

The Senate had previously approved the third-generation Mexican American statistician from San Antonio, Texas. Santos will oversee a bureau that conducts the once-a-decade census as well as surveys that create the data infrastructure of the nation.

In his new job, Santos will be responsible for leading the agency as it lays the groundwork for executing the next census in 2030.

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