December 02, 2016
U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (L ’98)
U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (L ’98) of Louisiana has been selected chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, which will be its largest ever with 49 members when the new Congress convenes in January 2017.
Richmond, a 43-year-old New Orleans native, is one of the youngest members of Congress to lead the caucus.
He is a former Louisiana state representative first elected to Congress in 2010. He won a fourth term in November despite a challenge from Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. Richmond represents Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes most of New Orleans and extends through nine parishes to Baton Rouge.
“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,” Richmond said in a statement on his office website. “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.”
Richmond serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on the Judiciary.
He said the caucus would “embark on an ambitious agenda” to address challenges including economic justice, voting rights, policing, and criminal justice reform.
“I stand on the shoulders of a choir of brave African-American women and men whose struggles made way for our progress,” he said. “I will work every day to make them proud.”