Congressional Black Caucus grows in size and clout after blue wave

The Congressional Black Caucus is growing in influence and numbers.

Two African Americans – Reps. Hakeem Jeffries of New York and James Clyburn of South Carolina – were elected chair of the Democratic Caucus and majority whip respectively, making it the first time in history more than one black lawmaker will hold top leadership positions in Congress at the same time.

“When the Congressional Black Caucus was founded in 1971, I know our 13 founding members dreamed of the day when we would have more than one member in our ranks competing for top leadership positions in Congress,” outgoing CBC Chair Cedric Richmond, Democrat of Louisiana said. “Today was that day, and I know they are proud.”

The 116th Congress, which will be sworn in next month with a Democratic majority, includes a…

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