7:23pm November 14, 2012

Rep. Marcia Fudge Elected the 23rd Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus


Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) was elected the new Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus today at the Caucus’ weekly meeting on Capitol Hill.  The vote was unanimous.  Rep. Fudge will serve as the Caucus’ twenty-third Chair.  She will be the seventh woman to serve in the position following Reps. Yvonne Burke (1976-77), Cardiss Collins (1979-81), Maxine Waters (1997-99), Eddie Bernice Johnson (2001-03), Carolyn Kilpatrick 2007-09) and Barbara Lee (2009-11).

The CBC holds an election of a new Chair at the end of every Congress.  Rep. Fudge will serve as the Chair during the 113th Congress from January 2013 to December 2014.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) was elected as the first vice-chairman,  Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) was elected as the CBC’s secretary and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) will become the CBC’s whip.

Fudge succeeds Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) whose reign as Black Caucus chair was quite eventful.  Under the leadership of Cleaver, the CBC held a jobs tour and a summit with faith leaders on voter protection.  Cleaver also navigated tricky dealings with the Obama Administration.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, speaker, strategist, comms expert and political analyst. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. She's been a former staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and has had a very diverse career in politics and media. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne and has been seen on MSNBC. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42. Instagram: LVB325. The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and have complete editorial independence from any Politic365 partners, sponsors, or advertisers.



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