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Rep. Cedric Richmond set to join House Ways and Means Committee

Rep. Cedric Richmond set to join House Ways and Means Committee
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Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondAn attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation Pelosi to seat Iowa Republican as Democratic challenger contests election results Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow dies of COVID-19 MORE (D-La.) — national co-chair of Joe BidenJoe BidenFive examples of media's sycophancy for Biden on inauguration week Drastic measures for drastic times — caregiver need mobile health apps Boycott sham impeachment MORE's presidential campaign and a former Congressional Black Caucus chair — is set to join the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

Richmond is poised to fill the seat left vacant by the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Harris now 'the most influential woman' in American politics Georgia Democrat introduces bill to bar Trump from Capitol after term ends MORE (D-Ga.), a civil rights leader and senior member of the tax-writing panel who died in July. The committee has jurisdiction over tax, trade and health issues.

The Louisiana Democrat has been recommended by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to serve on panel. The full Democratic Caucus still needs to approve the assignment.

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“Congressman Cedric Richmond is a proven leader in our Caucus, whose vision and expertise will be essential to promote fairness in our tax system and secure economic justice and financial security for millions of hard-working families," House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop More hands needed on the nuclear football Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus MORE (D-Calif.) said in a statement.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealJudge says Treasury must give Trump 72 hours before releasing tax info to Democrats Trump's lawyers seek clarity about how tax-return case will proceed following Biden inauguration IRS says start of tax filing season delayed until Feb. 12 MORE (D-Mass.) added that "John Lewis’s shoes are impossible to fill, but I know that Rep. Richmond will honor Congressman Lewis’s legacy and commitment to justice as he takes on this new responsibility."

Richmond has been a member of Congress since 2011, and has been serving on the House Judiciary and Homeland Security committees. He led the Congressional Black Caucus from 2017 to 2019 and is currently the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. 

He endorsed Biden shortly after the former vice president announced his presidential run, and was named co-chair of the campaign in May 2019.