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Rep. Cedric Richmond Elected Next Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

November 30, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Cedric Richmond (LA-02) was elected chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for the 115th Congress.

"I commend Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana on becoming the new Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus,” said outgoing CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield. “We have much work ahead of us during the 115th Congress and I am confident Rep. Richmond will provide strong leadership on the issues we champion to ensure all Americans have an equal and equitable opportunity to achieve the American Dream.”

Also elected in today’s leadership elections were: Andre’ Carson (IN-07), 1st Vice Chair; Karen Bass (CA-37), 2nd Vice Chair; Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Secretary; and Gwen Moore (WI-04), Whip.

The new CBC executive board will officially take their offices when the 115th Congress opens on January 3, 2017.

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Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and address their legislative concerns.  For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power and statutory authority of the United States government to ensure that all U.S. citizens have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.  To learn more about the Congressional Black Caucus, visit

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