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"Congressional Black Caucus Unveils New Officers"

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barbara_lee (3k image)WASHINGTON, DC) "I am proud to have served as the 20th Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus," said Congresswoman Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. "Our theme: 'Change Course, Confront Crisis, Continue the Legacy' has been embraced by Members of the CBC throughout the 110th Congress. Today, as Members of the CBC continue in our rich legacy of leadership and service to our global community I am honored to present the CBC Officers for the 111th Congress."

"Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has been unanimously elected to serve as the 21st Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. A stalwart for human rights, global peace, and social justice, Representative Lee is an acclaimed legislator. As First Vice-Chair of the CBC, she was one of the architects of the outreach strategy and led the charge to pass legislation removing Nelson Mandela from the U.S. terrorist list. I am honored to hand the mantel of CBC leadership to Chairwoman-elect Barbara Lee. I am confident she will lead the CBC in the 111th Congress."

Other CBC Members elected to leadership posts include:

Representative Emanuel Cleaver (MO) First Vice Chair
Representative Donna Christensen (VI) Second Vice Chair
Representative G. K. Butterfield (NC) Secretary
Representative Yvette Clarke (NY) Whip

Chairwoman-elect Barbara Lee remarked, "I want to thank Chairwoman Kilpatrick who has done a phenomenal job in keeping our caucus together and for the many legislative victories achieved under her leadership and to congratulate our newly elected officers. The 111th Congress will not only present unique and difficult challenges, but also historic opportunities for our caucus. I look forward to working with all of our CBC members to craft and implement a unified and bold agenda for the 111th Congress."

"The leadership demonstrated by all the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus is phenomenal," added Chairwoman Kilpatrick. "Congratulations and a special prayer to the new leaders of the CBC. The 111th Congress will be historic. President-elect Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States. The CBC welcomes the opportunity to work with the new President and our colleagues in Congress to build a new America."

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