U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo has been tapped by the Republican Party to deliver the Spanish-language response to President Obama's State of the Union address later this month.
The speech will be a translated version of the remarks new Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa will make in English, House Republicans said in a news release.
"Carlos Curbelo is a fresh voice with a positive vision for a future of opportunity and prosperity," Speaker John Boehner said in a statement. "He is exactly what Washington needs, and the person Americans should hear from in this time of challenge and opportunity for our country."
Curbelo, who defeated Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia in November, called the gig "a true privilege."
"As part of America's New Congress, I am excited to work with my colleagues to advance good solutions that will empower American families to achieve a better quality of life," Curbelo's statement said. "We must work together towards policies that will lead to a healthy economy that offers greater opportunity for all Americans –- especially those who feel left behind. And we should insist on a strong foreign policy that recognizes the need for American leadership in an increasingly dangerous world."