28. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization with over 42,000 churches in the U.S and many additional churches spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. He has become a leading voice in the Hispanic American community when it comes to support for Israel.
Rodriguez has advised Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump, and frequently consults with Congress regarding advancing immigration and criminal justice reform as well as religious freedom and LIFE initiatives. On January 20, 2017, with over 1 billion people watching around the world, Rev. Rodriguez became the first Latino Evangelical to participate in a Presidential swearing-in ceremony.
Rodriguez is an unabashed supporter of Israel and was one of the leading champions for President Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
In 1995 Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which mandated moving the U.S. Embassy to a unified Jerusalem. Every six months since, our political leaders have given one excuse after another for not following through on this promise. President Trump has made clear that the time for acquiescence is over. Recognizing the Jewish people's rightful claim to their eternal capital city puts the United States firmly on the right side of history.Rev. Samuel Rodriguez