Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ohio Rep. Fudge [a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority leader] has been Selected as New Chair of Congressional Black Caucus for the 113th Congress of the United States

WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 14th 2012, the Congressional Black Caucus unanimously elected Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) to serve as Chair during the 113th Congress. The Caucus also unanimously elected G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) to serve as First Vice Chair, Yvette Clarke (NY-11) as Second Vice Chair, Rep. AndrĂ© Carson (IN-07) as Secretary and Rep. Karen Bass (CA-33) as Whip. Current CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) and Chairwoman-Elect Marcia Fudge released the following statements:

“Marcia Fudge is an exceptional leader,” said Chairman Emanuel Cleaver. “She has served her constituents and the state of Ohio with unmatched fervor and has been an outspoken Member of the CBC in supporting policies that protect the most vulnerable in our country. With the challenges facing our nation, the Congressional Black Caucus must continue pushing to ensure every American has equal opportunity to achieve their version of the American dream.  Rep. Fudge will see to it that the Congressional Black Caucus remains the most vocal when equal opportunity and justice is under attack.  As we welcome the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history, I am confident that Rep. Fudge and the Executive Board will lead the CBC in the great spirit of our legacy as the “Conscience of the Congress”.  I also know she will do her best to ensure the CBC continues it vital role in moving this great country forward.” 

“I am honored and humbled to serve as the next Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and congratulate all other officers elected today,” said Chair-Elect Marcia Fudge. “As members of the Congressional Black Caucus, we have been deemed the “Conscience of the Congress” for a reason.  We share a commitment to champion the issues of millions of Americans who yearn for a better future. We remain concerned about unemployment, particularly the high rate of unemployment among African Americans,” “The Caucus is a collective voice to promote equal access to quality health care and education, reduce poverty, strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and balance the federal budget in a fiscally responsible way. In the 113th Congress, I look forward to shared leadership among all of us who were elected today as we continue to advocate not only for the citizens we represent, but for all Americans.”

FAU getting ready for the 113th Congress