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Rep. Karen Bass Elected to Lead Growing Congressional Black Caucus
California Democrat replaces Louisiana Rep. Cedric L. Richmond

The Congressional Black Caucus elected Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., to lead the group in the 116th Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus elected California Democratic Rep. Karen Bass to lead them in the next Congress, as the group crosses a milestone 50-member threshold.

The CBC is adding nine new members, bringing its total membership to 55. Bass, who currently serves as the caucus’s second vice chair, replaces Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, who took the helm of the caucus in late 2016.

Rush Wins Primary, Other Black Caucus Members Also Face Challenges
Ethical problems, political ambition and redistricting put some CBC seats in peril

Rush, left, speaks with Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., in January. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Long-time Rep. Bobby L. Rush survived a primary challenge on March 15, and he’s just the first in a series of Congressional Black Caucus members facing an opponent from within the Democratic Party.

Rush won the Illinois primary 71-19 percent over Chicago Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. for the South Side seat.

CBC Celebrates Black History Month

CBC members will be participating in a variety of Black History Month events. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional Black Caucus members are participating in multiple events beyond the Beltway to commemorate Black History Month. Also, the CBC says to look out for members to make floor remarks and statements about notable events in black history.  

Here's a list of planned events that we'll add to as we see more: Sunday, Feb. 7