Louisina Rep. Cedric Richmond Elected to Chair the Congressional Black Caucus

The Louisiana rep and staunch advocate for criminal justice reform will push the black agenda in Congress starting in January

Cedric Richmond
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Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) has been elected to chair the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), an influential group that has worked to empower African Americans and address their legislative concerns since 1971.

Cedric, who represents Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district, was elected Wednesday to replace outgoing chairman Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina. In this position, Richmond will lead initiatives aimed at advancing an agenda for black people for two years, beginning at the start of the new Congress on Jan. 3, 2017.

“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 Richmond, in a press release sent to Black Enterprise.

“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,” he added.

As an advocate for criminal justice reform, the Southern Democrat has pledged to use this platform to focus on policing, overhauling the criminal justice system, voting rights, and improving the economy for disenfranchised communities. Before his election, he sent a letter to CBC members promising to execute an “urban economic listening tour” and support historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s), reports USA Today.

Richmond beat Democratic Rep. Yvette D. Clarke of New York, who also ran for the position, in a closed vote. Following his win, Rep. Butterfield released a statement praising his successor.

“I commend Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana on becoming the new Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus,” said 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.”

The current caucus boasts 45 members of mostly Democrats; however, membership will increase to 49 next year, making it one of the largest caucuses in the House.

Last summer, Richmond, who was first elected to congress in 2011, led the push to hold congressional hearings on the fatal police shootings of black people following the killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.


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  • Dennis Moore

    When is This Government going to start tackling………
    Institutionalized Discrimination:
    You know the unjust and discriminatory mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals by organizations such as governments, corporations, financial institutions, public institutions, and other societal entities.
    Our government is still awarding (bid & no-bid) contracts annually in the $$Billions.
    [**federal agencies awarded $115.2 billion in no-bid contracts in fiscal year 2012, an 8.9 increase from $105.8 billion from 2009, according to government data. In 2009, contracts awarded without competition made up about 20 percent of total dollars awarded, compared with about 23 percent in fiscal 2012]. American’s can’t see the forest for the trees, but everybody else can:
    Our gov’t is utilizing every citizens tax dollars, & awarding these tax dollars to companies, contractors, sub-contractors, and “corporations who purposely neglect to hire minorities” in proportion to the area(s), where the work is being performed (ie city projects, county projects, state projects, and most importantly, federal projects).
    Those are our tax dollars putting food on everybody’s table but our own.
    Decrease minority unemployment, and the rest will take care of itself.
    Stop making bigots & racists rich with our tax dollars!!
    I may not be an attorney, but I know there is a law somewhere, if not, there should be, for this form of “TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION”, in the work force, and “ IT IS NOT Affirmative Action. Those dollars are our dollars and we are not being represented in the work force one iota.

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