Morehouse College alum to lead Congressional Black Caucus

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Morehouse College alum to lead Congressional Black Caucus

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Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., right, confers with Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, as the House Judiciary Committee met to approve rare bipartisan legislation that would reduce prison time for some nonviolent drug offenders. Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, (D-La.) was elected Wednesday to a two-year term as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Richmond, who graduated from Morehouse College in 1995, will lead the largest assembly of the caucus in the history of the political alliance. He will assume leadership of the caucus when Congress reconvenes in January.

Richmond succeeds Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina.

“I’m honored and humbled by the confidence my colleagues have placed in me to serve as chair of this revered Caucus, the conscience and intellect of the Congress,” Richmond said in a statement. “As we move into a new Congress, and the onset of a new [presidential] administration, our Caucus will remain committed to the values that have made the CBC among the most influential institutions in the nation.”

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