WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) was unanimously elected by his colleagues as First Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). As First Vice Chair, Butterfield will hold the number two position in the Caucus for the duration of the 113th Congress, which begins in January. Butterfield is presently Second Vice Chair of the CBC and has faithfully served the organization since 2004.
“I thank my colleagues for electing me as First Vice Chair of the CBC, a position I do not take lightly” said Butterfield. “By playing a more integral role in the leadership of the CBC, I hope to expand our work on the issues that affect our constituencies and disproportionately affect people of color. I thank Representatives Emmanuel Cleaver and Donna Christensen for their invaluable leadership during the current term, and hope they will remain a valuable resource to the CBC in the next Congress.”
Founded with only a handful of members in 1969, today the CBC boasts a membership of 42 and has grown into one of the most influential caucuses in the U.S. Congress.
Today, the members of the CBC also unanimously elected Representatives Marcia Fudge (OH-11) as Chair, Yvette Clarke (NY-11) as Second Vice Chair, Andre Carson (IN-07) as Secretary, and Karen Bass (CA-33) as Whip.