WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) was unanimously elected today as the 24th Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 114th Congress. Beginning in January, Butterfield will lead the largest CBC in the organization’s history, which will be comprised of 45 members.
“I’m moved by the unwavering support the CBC has shown me throughout the years,” said Butterfield. “Each year they’ve continued to elect me to senior positions within the Caucus, solidifying their confidence in me to help steer and now lead the conscience of the Congress as Chair. I do not take this endorsement lightly.”
Butterfield, whose ascension to Chair comes after serving eight years in the Caucus leadership, also thanked the current chair for her support.
“I’m grateful to outgoing Chairwoman Marcia Fudge for her hard work and commitment over the past two years. There is no doubt that the CBC is better off as a result of her vision and leadership.”
Other CBC Members elected to leadership posts include Representatives Yvette Clarke, First Vice-Chair; Andre Carson, Second Vice-Chair; Karen Bass, Secretary; and Hakeem Jeffries as Whip.
“The new Congress provides a fresh start to address the issues that are important to us all. Members of the CBC come from every region of the country. While we each have our own priorities, we speak with a singular, powerful voice in our fight to deliver on the expectations of Americans—to have a government that works for us all.
“I look forward to working with Caucus members as we implement a new agenda in the 114th Congress—one that respects the past, but boldly confronts the future.”