Rep. Richmond Elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 115th Congress

November 30, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) elected Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) to lead them over the next two years as chair. When the next Congress convenes in January Rep. Richmond will lead the largest CBC in history, as victories in the last election have grown the caucus to 49 members.

 “I’m honored and humbled by the confidence my colleagues have placed in me to serve as the chair of this revered Caucus, the conscience and intellect of the Congress,” said Rep. Richmond.  “As we move into a new Congress and the onset of a new Administration, our Caucus will remain committed to the values that have made the CBC among the most influential institutions in the nation.”

“I’m grateful to outgoing Chairman G.K. Butterfield for his leadership and dedication over the past two years.  We have all benefited from his steadfast commitment to our community and our cause.”

 “As we face the challenges before us ─ from economic justice, to voting rights, policing, and criminal justice reform ─ we will approach each of them with vigilance. We will strive to harness the energy of our constituencies to enact policies that will have the greatest positive impact.”

“I look forward to working with our membership, as we embark on an ambitious agenda. I stand on the shoulders of a choir of brave African American women and men whose struggles made way for our progress. I will work every day to make them proud.”