Other CBC members in leadership roles at the DCCC include Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.), co-chairwoman of the Red to Blue program, and Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.), co-chairwoman of the Women LEAD program.
As they've ramped up efforts to win back House seats in 2012, CBC members said they will also redouble their efforts to help Obama, who has seen his support among African-Americans dwindle. According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sept. 21, 58 percent of African-Americans had "strongly favorable" views of Obama, compared with 83 percent who gave the same response just five months ago.
"I don't care what the polls show," said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), an early Obama supporter. "Speaking for myself, I'm going to triple my efforts from 2008 to make sure this president gets re-elected."
But that doesn't mean Members won't continue to make suggestions about how the president could do his job better.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.