The Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday elected Rep. Cedric L. Richmond to be chairman of the 49-member group for the 115th Congress.
The CBC will have its largest membership in history in the next Congress. It is one of the largest caucuses in the House.
Richmond pledged to focus on what he called challenges involving the economy, voting rights, policing and a criminal justice overhaul.
“I stand on the shoulders of a choir of brave African-American women and men whose struggles made way for our progress,” Richmond said in a statement.