Who's who in the CBC

Karen Bass

Karen Bass, a Democrat, has represented California’s 37th Congressional District since 2011. She serves on the Judiciary and the Foreign Affairs committees, is ranking member on the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, and is the caucus’s whip in the 113th Congress.

Joyce Beatty

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Joyce Beatty is a freshman Democrat representing Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District. She sits on the House Committee on Financial Services. Beatty previously served 10 years in the Ohio General Assembly where she was the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio history.

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat, has represented Texas’s 30th Congressional District since 1993. She sits on the Science, Space and Technology and the Transportation and Infrastructure committees. She is the first registered nurse to be elected to Congress.

Sanford D. Bishop Jr.

Sanford D. Bishop Jr. is in his 11th term representing Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District. Bishop is a conservative Blue Dog Democrat and serves on the House Committee on Appropriations. He supports a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget. 

Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown represents Florida’s 5th Congressional District. Brown is a Democrat and native of Jacksonville, Fla. She was first elected to Congress in 1992. Brown served in the Florida House of Representatives for 10 years before coming to Washington. She sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure and the Veterans Affairs committees.

G.K. Butterfield

G.K. Butterfield has represented North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District since 2004. He is a Democrat, life-long resident of North Carolina and former state Supreme Court Judge. He sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

André Carson

André Carson, Democrat, has represented Indiana’s 7th Congressional District since 2008, sits on the Armed Services and the Transportation and Infrastructure committees, and is a member of the CBC’s Executive Leadership Team. He and fellow CBC member Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) are the only Muslims serving in Congress.

Donna Christensen

Donna Christensen is the U.S. Virgin Islands’ delegate to Congress. A Democrat in her ninth term, she is the first woman to represent an offshore territory and the first female physician to serve in Congress.

Yvette D. Clarke

Yvette D. Clarke, a Democrat, is a Brooklyn native of Jamaican heritage and has represented New York’s 9th Congressional District since 2007. She sits on the Ethics; Homeland Security; and Small Business committees. Clarke, before becoming a member of Congress, sat on the New York City Council, succeeding her mother, Una S. T. Clarke, as a council member.

William Lacy Clay

William Lacy Clay has represented Missouri’s 1st Congressional District since 2001. A Democrat, he sits on the Financial Services and the Oversight and Government Reform committees. In 2007, he was instrumental in denying Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a white man, membership in the CBC.

Emanuel Cleaver

Emmanuel Cleaver, a Democrat, has represented Missouri’s 5th Congressional District since 2005. He serves on the Financial Services Committee and was chairman of the CBC in the 112th Congress. Prior to coming to Washington, he was the mayor of Kansas City, Mo., for eight years.  

James E. Clyburn

James E. Clyburn, representing South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District, is the assistant Democratic leader and No. 3 Democrat in the House. Clyburn came to Congress in 1993, and he has served as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and majority whip. Active since his youth in the civil rights movement, Clyburn met his wife in jail, where both were incarcerated for participating in a demonstration.

John Conyers Jr.

John Conyers Jr., a Detroit Democrat, represents Michigan’s 14th Congressional District and is in his 24th term, making him the second most senior House member. Conyers sits on the House Judiciary Committee and is the only member ever to serve on the Judiciary panel for two presidential impeachment proceedings. 

Elijah Cummings

Elijah Cummings, a Democrat, was born and still resides in Baltimore. He has represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District since 1996. He sits on the Joint Economic Committee; Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; and is ranking member on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Danny Davis

Danny Davis has represented Illinois’s 7th Congressional District since 1997. A Democrat, he sits on the Oversight and Government Reform, and the Ways and Means committees. Prior to coming to Washington, he served on the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the Chicago City Council.

Donna F. Edwards

Donna F. Edwards has represented Maryland’s 4th Congressional District since 2008 and is the first black woman to represent Maryland in the House. A Democrat, she sits on the Science, Space and Technology, and the Transportation and Infrastructure committees. Before Congress, she worked for Lockheed Corp. on NASA’s Spacelab project.

Keith Ellison

Keith Ellison, a Democrat, has represented Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District since 2007. He sits on the Financial Services Committee and is co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He and fellow CBC member André Carson (D-Ind.) are the only Muslims in Congress.  

Chaka Fattah

Chaka Fattah has represented Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Philadelphia, since 1995. A Democrat, he sits on the Appropriations Committee. Fattah is an ardent advocate of gun control, and he is vice-chairman of the House Gun and Violence Taskforce.

Al Green

Democrat Al Green is in his fifth term representing Texas’s 9th Congressional District. He sits on the Financial Services Committee. Prior to his congressional career, he was president of the Houston branch of the NAACP and, for 26 years, a Harris County, Texas, judge.

Alcee Hastings

Alcee Hastings has represented Florida’s 20th Congressional District since 1993. Hastings sits on the Rules Committee, and is the ranking Democratic member on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, aka the Helsinki Commission. Before Congress, he was Florida’s first African-American federal judge.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, has represented the District of Columbia as a nonvoting delegate since 1991. She sits on the Oversight and Government Reform, and the Transportation and Infrastructure committees. A leader in civil rights and black feminism, she continues to work for a congressional vote for the District.

Steven Horsford

Steven Horsford, a freshman Democrat, represents Nevada’s 4th Congressional District and is the first African-American to serve in that state’s congressional delegation. He sits on the Homeland Security; Natural Resources; and Oversight and Government Reform committees. 

Sheila Jackson Lee

Sheila Jackson Lee represents Texas’s 18th Congressional District and is in her 10th term. A Democrat, she sits on the Homeland Security and Judiciary committees and is a founder, member and co-chairwoman of the Congressional Children’s Caucus.

Hakeem Jeffries

Hakeem Jeffries, a freshman Democrat, represents New York’s newly drawn 8th Congressional District. Jeffries sits on the Budget and the Judiciary committees. Prior his election to Congress, he served six years in the New York State Assembly.

Hank Johnson

Democrat Hank Johnson is in his fourth term representing Georgia’s 4th Congressional District. Johnson sits on the Armed Services and the Judiciary committees. He is one of only three Buddhists to serve in Congress, along with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii). 

Robin Kelly

Robin Kelly won a special election and was sworn in to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr. in April 2013, representing Illinois’s 2nd Congressional District. A Democrat, she sits on the Oversight and Government Reform, and the Science, Space and Technology committees.

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee, a Democrat, has served in the House since 1998, representing California’s 9th and currently 13th Congressional Districts. The first woman to represent either district, she sits on the Appropriations and Budget committees. She is the only member of either chamber of Congress to vote against the authorization of the use of force following the September 11, 2001, attacks, and supports legislation to create a Department of Peace.

John Lewis

Democrat John Lewis has represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District since 1987. He sits on the Ways and Means Committee. Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement, took part in the 1963 March on Washington, was beaten on Bloody Sunday in 1965 in Selma, Ala., and has been arrested more than 40 times for demonstrating. 

Gregory Meeks

Gregory Meeks, a Democrat, has served New York in the House since 1998 and currently represents the state’s 5th Congressional District. He sits on the Foreign Affairs and Financial Services committees. Meeks originally supported Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama for president in 2008; his primary challenger that cycle criticized the lawmaker on this point but failed to defeat him.

Gwen Moore

Gwen Moore is the first African-American to be elected to Congress from Wisconsin and has served that state’s 4th Congressional District since 2005. A Democrat, she sits on the Budget and Financial Services committees. While in the Wisconsin State Assembly, she called for an investigation of the Milwaukee Police Department for ignoring citizen complaints regarding serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, whose apartment was two blocks away from Moore’s house.

Donald Payne Jr.

Donald Payne Jr. has served New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District since 2012, winning a special election to succeed his father, Donald Payne Sr., who died that year. A Democrat, he was re-elected to the 113th Congress and sits on the Homeland Security and Small Business committees. Prior to Congress, he served as president of the Newark City Council.

Charles Rangel

Charles Rangel, a Democrat, represents New York’s 13th Congressional District and is in his 22nd term. A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rangel was the first African-American to serve as chairman of that panel. He is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. His 1987 “Rangel Amendment” discouraged investment in South Africa and helped bring about the downfall of that nation’s apartheid regime.

Cedric Richmond

Cedric Richmond, a Democrat, has represented Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District since 2011. Richmond sits on the Homeland Security and Judiciary committees. He was elected a Louisiana state legislator representing Orleans Parish at age 27.

Bobby Rush

Bobby Rush has represented Illinois’s 1st Congressional District since 1993. A Democrat, he sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee. In 1968 he co-founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers, and in 2012 he wore a hoodie on the House floor in honor of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. He is the only person to have defeated Barack Obama in an election, during his 2000 primary.

Robert “Bobby” Scott

Robert “Bobby” Scott is currently serving his 11th term representing Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District. A Democrat, he was the first African-American elected to Congress from the commonwealth since Reconstruction. Scott sits on the Education and the Workforce, and the Judiciary committees. 

David Scott

David Scott, a Democrat, has represented Georgia’s 13th Congressional District since 2003. He sits on the Agriculture and the Financial Services committees, and he is also a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Prior to serving in Congress, he created and was the voice for the award-winning national radio program “Inside Black America.” 

Terri Sewell

Terri Sewell represents Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, which includes the state’s “Black Belt,” a region predominately populated by African-Americans. A Democrat, she sits on the Financial Services Committee and on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Sewell was first elected in 2010, the first black woman ever in the state’s congressional delegation. 

Bennie Thompson

Bennie Thompson, a Democrat, has represented Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District since 1993. He is the ranking member on the Homeland Security Committee and a founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. During the 1960s, while a college student, he helped register black voters throughout the Mississippi Delta, a region he now represents.

Marc Veasey

Marc Veasey, a freshman Democrat, represents Texas’s newly created 33rd Congressional District. He sits on the Armed Services, and the Science, Space and Technology committees. Prior to serving in Washington, Veasey spent eight years in the Texas Legislature.

Maxine Waters

Maxine Waters, a Democrat, has represented Southern California congressional districts, currently the 43rd, since 1991. A former CBC chairwoman, she sits on the Financial Services Committee. In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King verdict, she was instrumental in having essential services restored to the Watts neighborhood.

Mel Watt

Mel Watt, a Democrat, has represented North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District since 1993. He sits on the Financial Services and the Judiciary committees, and is a former CBC chairman. He is President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Frederica Wilson

Frederica Wilson has represented Florida congressional districts — first the 17th, then the 24th — since 2011. A Democrat, she sits on the Education and the Workforce, and the Science, Space and Technology committees. Wilson is a former teacher and school principal who, while serving in the Florida Legislature, was instrumental in having the Confederate flag removed from the state Capitol.