UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS 103rd CONGRESS 1993 - 1994
Kweisi Mfume Chairman Cardiss Collins Vice Chairman Alcee Hastings Vice Chairman Barbara-Rose Collins Treasurer William Jefferson Secretary Eddie Bernice Johnson CBC Whip Members Committee Assignments Staff Contacts H2-344 The Ford Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 226-7790 HISTORY AND BACKGROUNDHISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Congressional Black Caucus was formed in 1970 when the 13 Black Members of the U.S.House of Representatives joined together to strengthen their efforts to address the legislative concerns of Black and minority citizens. African American Representatives had increased in number from six in 1966 to nine, following the 1969 elections. Those Members believed that a Black Caucus in Congress, speaking with a single voice, would provide political influence and visibility far beyond their numbers.
The Caucus received its first national recognition when its Members met with former President Richard Nixon in March, 1971 and presented to him a list of 60 recommendations for governmental action on domestic and foreign issues. The President's response, considered inadequate by the Caucus, further strengthened their efforts to work together in Congress.
Today, there are 40 Black Members of Congress, 10 women and 30 men representing many of the largest and most populated urban centers in this country, together with some of the most expansive and rural Congressional districts in the nation. These Members, now as in the past, have been called upon to work as advocates for America's varied constituent interests - developing an ever-expanding legislative agenda - as well as addressing the concerns of their own particular districts. Additionally, the '92 elections yielded the second African American Senator of this century and the first African American woman-Carol Moseley Braun.
The visions and goals of the original 13 Members, "to promote the public welfare through legislation designed to meet the needs of millions of neglected citizens," have been reaffirmed through the legislative and political successes of the Caucus. The CBC is involved in legislative initiatives ranging from full employment to welfare reform, South African apartheid and international human rights, from minority business development to expanded educational opportunity. Most noteworthy is the CBC Alternative budget which the Caucus has produced for the past 13 years. Historically, the CBC Alternative Budget policies depart significantly from Administration Budget recommendations as the Caucus seeks to preserve a national commitment to fair treatment for urban and rural America, the elderly, students, small businessmen and women, middle and low income wage earners, the economically disadvantaged and a new world order. CBC Members introduced more than 400 individual bills in the 102nd Congress and cosponsored an unprecedented 11,000 legislative measures.
In the twenty-three years since its founding, Caucus Members have been successful in rising to strategic positions on House Committees to affect needed changes in federal policies. Today a CBC Member holds the office of Chief Deputy Whip of the House of Representatives, three African Americans chair full House standing committees, and fifteen Caucus Members hold Subcommittee Chairmanships. Democrat and Republican, they are the "conscience of the Congress."
Amelia L. Parker, Executive Director
BLACK MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
With the convening of the 103rd Congress, a total of 90 Black Americans has bee elected to the Congress in the of this nation: 4 in the Senate and 86 in the House. The following is a list of Black members, their parties, states, and years of service. In addition these 90, John W. Menard (R-LA), won a disputed election in 1868 but was not permitted to take his seat in Congress.
SENATE Hiram R. Revels (R-MS) 1870 - 1871 Blanche K. Bruce (R-MS) 1875 - 1881 Edward W. Brooke (R-MA) 1967 - 1979 Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) 1993 HOUSE Joseph H. Rainey (R-SC) 1870 - 1879 Jefferson F. Long (R-GA) 1870 - 1871 Robert B. Elliott (R-SC) 1871 - 1874 Robert C. DeLarge (R-SC) 1871 - 1873 Benjamin S. Turner (R-AL) 1871 - 1873 Josiah T. Walls (R-FL) 1871 - 1873 Richard H. Caine (R-SC) 1873 - 1875; 1877 - 1879 John R. Lynch (R-MI) 1873 - 1877; 1882 - 1883 James T. Rapier (R-AL) 1873 - 1875 Alonzo J. Ransier (R-SC) 1873 - 1875 Jeremiah Haralson (R-AL) 1875 - 1877 John A. Hyman (R-NC) 1875 - 1877 Charles E. Nash (R-LA) 1875 - 1877 Robert Smalls (R-SC) 1875 - 1879 James E. O'Hara (R-NC) 1883 - 1887 Henry P. Cheatham (R-NC) 1889 - 1893 John M. Langston (R-VA) 1890 - 1891 Thomas E. Miller (R-SC) 1890 - 1891 George W. Murray (R-SC) 1893 - 1895; 1896 - 1897 George W. White (R-NC) 1897 - 1901 Oscar DePriest (R-IL) 1929 - 1935 Arthur W. Mitchell (D-IL) 1935 - 1943 William L. Dawson (D-IL) 1943 - 1970 Adam C. Powell, Jr. (D-NY) 1945 - 1967; 1969 - 1971 Charles C. Diggs, Jr. (D-MI) 1955 - 1980 Robert N.C. Nix (D-PA) 1958 - 1978 Augustus F. Hawkins (D-CA) 1963 - 1990 John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) 1965 - William L. Clay (D-MO) 1969 - Louis Stokes (D-OH) 1969 - Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) 1969 - 1982 George W. Collins (D-IL) 1970 - 1972 Ronald V. Dellums (D-CA) 1971 - Ralph H. Metcalfe (D-IL) 1971 - 1978 Parren H. Mitchell (D-MD) 1971 - 1986 Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) 1971 - Walter E. Fauntroy (D-DC) Delegate 1971 - 1990 Yvonne B. Burke (D-CA) 1973 - 1979 Cardiss Collins (D-IL) 1973 - Barbara C. Jordan (D-TX) 1973 - 1978 Andrew Young (D-GA) 1973 - 1977 Harold E. Ford (D-TN) 1975 - Julian C. Dixon (D-CA) 1979 - William H. Gray, III (D-PA) 1979 - 1991 Mickey Leland (D-TX) 1979 - 1989 Melvin Evans (R-VI) Delegate 1979 - 1980 Bennett McVey Steward (D-IL) 1979 - 1980 George W. Crockett (D-MI) 1980 - 1990 Mervyn M. Dymally (D-CA) 1981 - 1992 Gus Savage (D-IL) 1981 - 1992 Harold Washington (D-IL) 1981 - 1983 Katie Hall (D-IN) 1982 - 1984 Major Owens (D-NY) 1983 - Edolphus Towns (D-NY) 1983 - Alan Wheat (D-MO) 1983 - Charles Hayes (D-IL) 1983 - 1992 Alton R. Waldon, Jr. (D-NY) 1986 - 1987 Mike Espy (D-MS) 1987 - 1993 Floyd Flake (D-NY) 1987 - John Lewis (D-GA) 1987 - Kweisi Mfume (D-MD) 1987 - Donald M. Payne (D-NJ) 1989 - Craig A. Washington (D-TX) 1989 - Barbara-Rose Collins (D-MI) 1991 - Gary Franks (R-CT) 1991 - Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) Delegate 1991 - William Jefferson (D-LA) 1991 - Maxine Waters (D-CA) 1991 - Lucien Blackwell (D-PA) 1991 - Eva Clayton (D-NC) 1992 - Sanford Bishop (D-GA) 1993 - Corrine Brown (D-FL) 1993 - Jim Clyburn (D-SC) 1993 - Cleo Fields (D-LA) 1993 - Alcee Hastings (D-FL) 1993 - Earl Hilliard (D-AL) 1993 - Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) 1993 - Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) 1993 - Carrie Meek (D-FL) 1993 - Mel Reynolds (D-IL) 1993 - Bobby Rush (D-IL) 1993 - Bobby Scott (D-VA) 1993 - Walter Tucher (D-CA) 1993 - Mel Watt (D-NC) 1993 - Albert Wynn (D-MD) 1993 - Bennie Thompson (D-MS) 1993 - 103rd CONGRESS CBC OFFICERS HON. KWEISI MFUME Chairman Democrat (7th District - MD) 2419 Rayburn H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4741 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON BANKING, FINANCE AND URBAN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development Subcommittee on Financial Institutions Supervision COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS Chairman, Subcommittee on Minority Enterprise, Financial and Urban Development Subcommittee on Procurement, Taxation, and Tourism COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE CBC Seniority Ranking 14 Staff Contact: Tammy Hawley, AA Executive Assistant/Appointments: Nancy McCormick DISTRICT OFFICE: 3000 Druid Park Drive 1825 Woodlawn Drive Baltimore, Maryland 21215 Suite 106 Baltimore, Maryland 21215 (301) 367-1900 District Contact: Ruth Simms
NBC News says KWEISI MFUME (Kwah-EE-see Oom-FOO-may) "personifies the coming of age of the Congressional Black Caucus," and the Baltimore Sun and Business Week describe Congressman Mfume as "a key player on Capitol Hill." Mfume is the elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 103rd Congress; at 40 members, the largest Black Caucus in the history of that legislative body.
Mfume represents Maryland's 7th Congressional District where he draws on the political insight, issue expertise and concern for his constituents that he developed as a two-term member of the Baltimore City Council and as a member of the Maryland State Central Committee.
A four-term Member of Congress, Congressman Mfume is kept busy with broad committee obligations. The Maryland lawmaker serves on the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee and the Small Business Committee; where he Chairs the Subcommittee on Minority Enterprise, Finance and Urban Development. His subcommittee assignments include Housing and Community Development, Financial Institutions Supervision, and he serves on the Joint Economic Committee as well as the Ethics Committee.
During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Congressman Mfume authored the Minority Business Development Act, and the Minority Contracting and Employment Amendments to the Financial Institutions Reform and Recovery Act. In addition, Representative Mfume has consistently supported landmark minority business and civil rights legislation. He successfully co-sponsored the Americans With Disabilities Act. He was instrumental in the successful codification of the Minority Bank Deposit Program. He co-authored the Civil Rights Acts of 1991, and he amended the act to extend protection to U.S. citizens employed by U.S. companies abroad. He has also strengthened the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and amended the Community Reinvestment Act in the interest of minority financial institutions. Congressman Mfume is the sponsor of legislative initiatives banning assault weapons and establishing stalking as a federal crime.
Congressman Mfume, a former first Vice-Chair and past treasurer of the Congressional Black Caucus, is a member of the Caucus for Women's Issues, the Congressional Arts Caucus, and the Federal Government Service Task Force. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Schomburg Commission for the Preservation of Black Culture, and is currently a member of the Board of Visitors for the United States Naval Academy, the Baltimore Museum of Art Board of Trustees and the Morgan State University Board of Regents. He is also an active member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, and Parents Anonymous of Maryland.
Congressman Mfume, whose adopted African name means "conquering son of kings," graduated magna cum laude from Morgan State University. He later joined that University's faculty as an adjunct professor, teaching courses in political science and communications. He earned his master's degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in international studies and foreign relations from Johns Hopkins University.
Hailed by members of both parties as a solid and substantive leader, and recently honored by the NAACP with the Chairman's 1993 Leadership Award for Civil Rights, Congressman Mfume looks forward to a productive and historic term for the Congressional Black Caucus.
HON. CARDISS COLLINS Vice Chairwoman Democrat (7th District - IL) 2308 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5006 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Competitiveness Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Legislation and Investigations CBC Seniority Ranking 6 Staff Contact: Bud Myers, AA Appointments Secretary: Gerri Houston DISTRICT OFFICE: 230 South Dearborn Street, Room 3880 Chicago, Illinois 60604 (312) 353-5754 District Contact: Jim Garrett
Congresswoman Cardiss Collins, D-iL, the longest-serving African American woman in Congress, has been the representative for Illinois' Seventh Congressional District for over 20 years. Her leadership on important social, political, and economic issues has earned her the reputation of an effective policy maker and representative.
She was born September 24 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to Detroit at the age of ten. She was graduated from the Detroit High School of Commerce and attended Northwestern University. She has received honorary degrees from Barber-Scotia College, Spelman College, and Winston-Salem State University. She also has received awards from both Loyola University and Roosevelt University in Chicago,as well as numerous other awards and commendations. In 1990, the Congressional BlacK Caucus presented Mrs. Collins with the William L. Dawson Award for Legislative Development in recognition of her legislative agenda and successes.
Congresswoman Collins began her career as a stenographer with the Illinois Department of Labor. She was later promoted to secretary with the Illinois Department of Revenue, then accountant, and eventually moved into the position of revenue auditor.
Mrs. Collins was first elected to Congress on June 5, 1973, in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by her husband, Congressman George W. Collins, who was killed in an airplane crash. In 1992, Mrs. Collins was reelected to her 10th term by an 81 percent margin.
A trailblazer, she was the first African-American woman to represent a Congressional district in the Midwest, the first woman and first African American to serve as Democratic Whip-at-Large. She was elected chair of the Congressional Black Caucus in the 96th Congress.
In 1991, she became the first woman, and first African-American to chair a subcommittee on the Committee on Energy and Commerce when she was named Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Competitiveness. In January, 1993, she was elected to serve a second term as chair of this subcommittee.
Mrs. Collins is also a member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. She is the ranking Democratic member of the Government Operations Committee and a member of the Commitee's Legislative and National Issues subcommittee.
Her investigations of college sports resulted in increased pressure on colleges and universities to carry out the mandates of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which calls for equal opportunities for women athletes to participate in collegiate sports and to improve graduation rates of athletes.
Prodding from Mrs. Collins led to the NCM proposal to take steps that could lead to gender equity in sports, including a proposed certification program for Division I institutions that includes a component related to gender equity, and a commitment from the NCAA to put this issue on the front burner.
Congresswoman Collins has been a long-time advocate for universal health insurance. She cosponsored the Universal Health Care Act of 1991, and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1991. She also authored legislation to create the Office on Minority Health in the National Institutes of Health.
In each of the past three years, the House has adopted Mrs. Collins' resolution designating October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Mrs. Collins wrote the 1990 law which expanded Medicare coverage for screening mammography for millions of elderly and disabled women and sponsored the Medicaid Infant Mortality Act of 1991. She also sponsored legislation which expanded Medicaid coverage for PAP smears for early detection of cervical and uterine cancer.
She authored the Child Safety Protection Act of 1993, legislation requiring warning labels on dangerous toys and federal safety standards for bicycle helmets. She also wrote the Armored Car Industry Reciprocity Act of 1993 to allow armored car crew membes to lawfuly carry firearms for security of valuable goods during interstate transportation.
Investigations by Mrs. Collins into child care facilities and services offered to federal employees resulted in more than a three- fold increase in the number of child care centers for federal workers. Child care legislation developed by Mrs. Collins, together with other members of Congress, became law in 1990. The General Services Administration has since developed more than 65 child care centers.
As chair of the Government Activities and Transportation (GAT) Subcommittee from 1983 to 1991, Congresswoman Collins pushed groundbreahing laws controlling the transport of toxic materials and led the charge to provide safer and more secure air travel. Findings from an investigation led by Mrs. Collins of the nation's aviation security system led to adoption of the Aviation Security Improvement Act of 1990.
In 1987 Mrs. Collins launched an investigation of charges that Eastern Airlines failed to repair critical safety equipment on its planes. This led to an FAA "white glove" inspection of the airline, including an unprecedented financial review of Eastern's parent company, Texas Air Corp.
The serious maintenance practices identified by Congresswoman Collins led to the eventual indictment of Eastern Airlines and nine of its managers.
Congresswoman Collins' other legislative achievements on behalf of minorities and women include an amendment to the Airport and Airway Safety, Capacity and Expansion Act of 1987, which requires a 10 percent participation level in all airport concessions by disadvantaged business enterprises (minority and women owned businesses).
Mrs. Collins is a member of the Friendship Baptist Church of Chicago as well as the Alfred Street Baptist Churchof Alexandria, Virginia; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); the Chicago Urban League; the LINKS; the Coalition of 100 Black Women; the Black Women's Agenda; the National Council of Negro Women; the Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Gamma Phi Sororities; secretary of the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues; and Vice Chairman, the Congressional Black Caucus.
She has one son and a granddaughter.
HON. ALCEE L. HASTINGS Vice Chairman Democrat (23rd District - FL) 1039 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-1313 Committee Assignments: FOREIGN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East Subcommittee on Africa MERCHANT MARINES AND FISHERIES Subcommittee on Merchant Marine Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Navigation POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE Subcommittee on O~lersight and Investigations CBC Seniority Ranhing 28 Staff Contact: Trey Coleman, AA Appointments Secretary: Tony Mobley DISTRICT OFFICE: 2701 W. Oakland Parh Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 (305) 733-2800 District Contact: Art Kennedy
Alcee L. Hastings, a first term Congressman, is the first to represent Florida's newly formed District 23 which spans the seven counties of Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hendry, Martin, St. Lucie, and Oheechobee in South Florida. He also served as Florida's first Blach federal judge, appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.
Congressman Hastings serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and the Post Office and Civil Service Committee. His subcommittee assignments include Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard and Navigation and Oversight and Investigations.
While serving in his first term Congressman Hastings has provided strong support for H.R. 5, "The Caesar Chavez Workplace Fairness Act, "which ensures worhing men and women of America the right to strike without fear of being fired or being "permanently replaced;" ensured the restoration of funds cut from the Medicare program because the cuts would have a harmful effect on senior citizens in District 23; secured funds for his congressional district for the repair and improvement of State Road 7 and Highway 27, and the installation of a median barrier on 1-95 in Palm Beach County; and chaired, at the request of fellow CBC member William Clay, an oversight hearing on racial discrimination at the National Institutes of Health.
Congressman Hastings currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, a position he is most honored to hold. He is also a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus, the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and the Human Rights Caucus.
Born in Altamonte Springs, Florida, Congressma Hastings attend Crooms Academy and later graduated from Fisk Univesity with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He attended Howard University School of Law and received his )uris Doctor Degree from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Throughout his distinguished civic career as an attorney, judge and civil rights activist, Congressman Hastings has championed the rights of minorities, women, and the elderly as these groups have come up against Florida's judicial system. An intrepid, eloquent and sometimes fiery speaker, Congressman Hastings intends to continue to use his oratorical, legal and political skills in support of what he considers to be relevant and significant legislative matters.
Congressman Hastings has been described as "one of the more colorful and more interesting members" of the Freshman class in the 103rd Congress. Having been indicted, tried by a jury of his peers, found innocent of charges, impeached by the Congress and then elected to join the very institution which impeached him-Congressman Hastings' story is one of the phoenix rising-unvengeful-from the ashes of impeachment, to stand triumphantly tall and proud.
HON. WILLIAM JEFFERSON Secretary Democrat (2nd District - LA) 428 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-6636 Commiffee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS Subcommittee on Oversight Subcommittee on Social Security COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Subcommittee on Fiscal Affairs and Health Subcommittee on Government Operations and Metropolitan Affairs CBC Senioritll Ranhing 20 Staff Contact: Lionel Collins, AA Appointments Secretary: Kristin Spoerl DISTRICT OFFICE: The Hale Boggs Federal Building 501 Magazine Street, Suite 1012 New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 (504) 589-2274 District Contact: Stephanie Edwards
Congressman William lennings Jefferson won re-election for his second term in the United States Congress as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Second District of the State of Louisiana on November 3, 1992, and his colleagues have elected him to serve on the powerful and prestigious Committee on Ways and Means in the 103rd Congress.
As a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, Congressman Jefferson serves on the Subcommittee on Oversight and the Subcommittee on Social Security. In addition, he serves on the Committee on the District of Columbia where he serves on the Subcommittee on Fiscal Affairs and Health and the Subcommittee on Government Operations and Metropolitan Affairs.
During his first term, Congressman Jefferson served as Whip for the twenty-nine (29) first-term Democrat members of the 102nd Congress and Secretary of the Congressional Black Caucus. He served as a member of the Education and Labor Committee and the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee as well as on House/Senate Conference Committee on the 1993 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the Child Abuse Prevention Act, the Rehabilitation Reauthorization Act and the 1993 Neighborhood Schools Act.
In addition, Congressman Jefferson served on Leadership Task Forces on the Balanced Budget, Emergency Aid to Cities, Voter Registration and Legal Services. Congressman Jefferson is a lifelong resident of Louisiana, and is a graduate of Southern University and the Harvard University School of Law. After law school, Mr. Jefferson was appointed law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Thereafter, he served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston.
Mr. Jefferson was a Captain in the United States Army as a member of the Judge Advocate General.
In 1976, Mr. Jefferson returned to New Orleans where he entered the private practice of law as the founding partner of Jefferson, Bryan and Gray. He specialized principally in litigation, municipal law, public finance and corporations and is rated "a.v." by Martindale-Hubbel, the highest rating accorded lawyers. For the legal services he provided to the community, he received the A.P. Tureaud Community Legal Services Award.
In 1987, Mr. Jefferson was elected to a third term in the Louisiana State Senate where he served on the State Bond Commission, the Senate Finance Committee and as Chairman of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee.
As a State Senator, he was twice named "Legislator of the Year" by the prestigious Alliance for Good Government. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, as a cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as Trustee of the Greater St. Stephen Baptist Church. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.
Congressman Jefferson and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of five children, four of whom attend New Orleans public schools. The fifth recently graduated from Ben Franklin High School and is now attending Harvard University as a member of the 1993-94 senior class.
HON. BARBARA-ROSE COLLINS Treasurer Democrat (15th District - Ml) 1108 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2261 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee on Employment, Housing and Aviation Subcommittee on Aviation COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE Chairperson, Postal Operations and Services Committee COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION Subcommittee on Aviation Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight CBC Seniority Ranking 17 Staff Contact: Miniard Culpepper, Chief of Staff Appointments Secretary: Kim Williams DISTRICT OFFICE: 1155 Brewery Park Road, Suite 353 Detroit, Michigan 48207 (313) 567-2233 District Contact: Priscilla Waters
Barbara-Rose Collins represents the 15th Congressional District of Michigan. Ms. Collins, a Democrat. won the November 1992 congressional race with 87 percent of the vote. She is currently serving her second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to state re- districting, she represented the 13th Congressional District of Michigan from January 1991-1992.
Congresswoman Collins was appointed Majority Whip-At-Large for the 103rd Congress. She is a member of the Post Office and Civil Service Committee and in 1993 became chairperson of the Postal Operations and Services Subcommittee. She also serves on the Public Worhs and Transportation Committee with assignments on the Aviation Subcommittee and the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee; and the Government Operations Committee with assignments on the Commerce, Consumer and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee and the Employment, Housing, and Aviation Subcommittee.
Ms. Collins is a member of several Congressional organizations including: the Congressional Automotive Caucus, the Congressional Arts Caucus, the Congressional Blach Caucus, the Hispanic Caucus, the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, the Urban Caucus, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, Congressional Human Rights Caucus, the Steel Caucus, and the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus.
Congresswoman Collins served on the Detroit City Council from 1982 to 1990. She served in the Michigan State House of Representatives from 1975-1981 and on the Region I Public School Board from 1971-1973.
While serving on the Detroit City Council, Congresswoman Collins initiated city ordinances on South African divestiture, toxic waste cleanup, and single room occupancy (SRO) housing for the homeless. She served as Chairperson of the Task Force on Litter and cledn-up Detroit and the Task Force on Teenage Violence and Juvenile Crime. She was also a member of New Detroit's Minority Business Committee.
In the Michigan State Legislature, Ms. Collins served as Chairperson of the House Standing Committee on Urban Affairs and as Chairperson and founding member of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus. In addition, she served as Vice-Chairperson of the Michigan Democratic Caucus and was vice-chairperson of the Public Health Committee.
Congresswoman Collins is a product of the Detroit Public School System and attended Wayne State University where she majored in Anthropology and Political Science.
Ms. Collins is an active member of the Shrine of the Blach Madonna, Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church. She enjoys playing the piano and harp, and listening to operatic and symphonic music. Her other hobbies include reading science fiction novels and portrait painting.
Congresswoman Collins was born April 13, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. She has two children: Cynthia, married to Bruce Simpson, Sr.; and Christopher. She has four grandchildren: Bruce Jr., Amber Rose, Shaina Marie, and Kwame.
HON. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON CBC Whip Democrat (30th District - TX) 1721 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-8885 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY Subcommittee on Science Subcommittee on Technology, Environment 8 Aviation COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION Subcommittee on Surface Transportation Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds CBC Seniority Ranking: 30 Staff Contact: Auria Styles Appointments Secretary: Jean Washow DISTRICT OFFICE: 2515 McKinney Avenue #1565 Dallas, TX 75201 (214) 922-8885 District Contact: Lisa Hembry
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice lohnson represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas consisting of portions of Dallas, Collin, and Tarrant counties. The District comprises major portions of the city of Dallas, including the central business and arts districts. From 1972 to 1976, she was a three-term Member of the Texas State House of Representatives. In 1976, she resigned her post to accept an appointment by President Jimmy Carter to the post of Regional Director of the Department of Health and Education and Welfare. The department has since been renamed Health and Human Services, and Department of Education.
In 1986, Johnson won a decisive victory to the Texas State Senate. Her political triumphs earned her the distinction of being the first Black woman ever elected to the Texas House of Representatives, the first Black woman ever elected to the Texas House representing Dallas county, and the first woman in the history of the state to chair a major House committee. Subsequently, she was re-elected to a second Senate term prior to her successful 1992 bid to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Currently, in her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Johnson was elected Congressional Blach Caucus Whip. She also serves on the Science, Space, and Technology committee and the committee on Public Works and Transportation.
Before being elected to public office, Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Texas Christian and Southern Methodist Universities respectively. She was also Chief Psychiatric Nurse at Veteran's Administration Hospital and a Registered Nurse at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. Congresswoman Johnson is the only member of the U.S. Congress who is a Registered Nurse.
Johnson is the founder of Eddie Bernice Johnson and Associates, a business consulting firm. Under her leadership, the company was selected as one of eleven minority and women-owned businesses to be located in the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
As a business professional, Johnson was a consultant to Sammons Corporation, a multi-business management firm, and was Vice President of the Visiting Nurse Association of Dallas.
In 1992, an astounding 74% first-term general election victory to Congress prompted the Dallas Morning News to describe her as, ". . . tough, shrewd and unswervingly devoted to her principles." Congresswoman Johnson is the only woman in the 30-member Texas House delegation and the first Blach woman Representative from Texas since former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan represented Houston in the 70's.
Despite her successful career in public service, Johnson is widely known and respected for her commitment to creating a positive economic and civic environment of her native Texas. In recognition of her dedication and service to education and the community, Johnson has been awarded six Honorary Doctoral degrees from colleges and universities throughout Texas.
Congresswoman Johnson has one son, Kirh, and two grandchildren, Kirk Jr., and David. She holds numerous honors distinctions, and memberships both local and nationally. She is a native of Waco and is a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas.
CBC MEMBER U.S. SENATE HON. CAROL MOSELEY-BRAUN Democrat (State of Illinois) 320 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-2854 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Housing Subcommittee on Securities COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY Subcommittee on Courts Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS Subcommittee on Export Expansion and Agricultural Development Subcommittee on Urban and Minority-Owned Business Development CBC Seniority Ranhing Senate 1 Staff Contact: Mike Frazier, AA; JC Wilson Appointments Secretary: Kaarin Anderson DISTRICT OFFICE: Kluczinshi Federal Building, Suite 3996 230 South Dearborn Chicago, Illinois 60604 (312) 353-5420 District Contact: Jill Zwick
Carol Moseley-Braun made history in November 1992, when she became the first Blach woman ever elected to the United States Senate. It was the latest in a string of firsts-10 years voted best legislator in the Illinois House of Representatives, and first woman and first Black ever to hold executive office in Cooh County government.
Carol Moseley-Braun attended Chicago public schools and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Moseley-Braun received her law degree from the University of Chicago and worked for three years as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office. Her success as a prosecutor earned her the United States Attorney General's Special Achievement award.
In 1978, Moseley-Braun was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. During her tenure as State Representative, Moseley- Braun was the chief sponsor of the 1985 Urban School Improvement Act which created and empowered parents'councils at every school in Chicago. She was the chief sponsor and prime mover of every school funding bill that affected education in the city of Chicago from 1980- 87.
After just two terms in the House, Carol Moseley-Braun was selected as the first woman and the first Black in Illinois history to serve as Assistant Majority Leader. As the late Mayor Harold Washington's legislative floor leader, Carol Moseley-Braun was the chief sponsor of bills to reform education and to ban discrimination in housing and private clubs. Moseley-Braun introduced the bill that barred the State of Illinois from investing funds in South Africa until the apartheid system is abolished.
In 1987, Carol Moseley-Braun made history again when she was elected to office of Cook County Recorder of Deeds, becoming the first Black woman ever to hold executive office in Cook County government.
Moseley-Braun's stunning primary victory over incumbent Senator Alan Dixon and lawyer Al Hofeld in March 1992, gave her the opportunity to face Republican Richard Williamson in the general election. Her victory in November 1992, made her the first Black woman ever elected to the United States Senate.
Carol Moseley-Braun is the proud parent of son Matthew J. Braun, a high school student.
CBC MEMBERS BY SENIORITY House of Representatives HON. JOHN CONYERS, JR. Democrat (14th District - Ml) 2426 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5126 Committee Assignments: CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS Chairman, Subcommittee on Legislation and National Security COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY Subcommittee on Crime Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS Subcommittee on S.B.A. and the General Economy and Minority Enterprise Development CBC Seniority Ranking 1 Staff Contact: Greg Moore Appointments Secretary: Dianne McNair DISTRICT OFFICE: 669 Federal Building 231 West Lafayette Detroit, Michigan 48226 (313) 961-5670 District Contact: Ray Plowder
U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr a Detroit Democrat, was re- elected in 1992 to his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, winning 84 percent of the vote in Michigan's Fourteenth Congressional District. He is Chairman of the Government Operations Committee as well as its Legislation and National Security Subcommittee, the senior member of the Congressional Blach Caucus, and third-ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Civil and Constitutional Rights Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Small Business Committee and the Speaher's Task Force on Minority Set-Asides.
During his 28 years in the Congress, social justice and economic opportunity have become focal points of Congressman Conyers'accomplishments. During the 102nd and 101st Congresses he authored the Racial Justice Act, the Department of Environmental Protection Act, and the Voter Registration Reform Act, all of which passed the House. His Chief Financial Officers Act, signed into law, created chief financial officers for the entire U.S. government and 23 Federal agencies to prevent fiscal hemorrhaging and scandals such as HUD and the S&Ls.
As Chairman of the House Committee on Government Operations, Conyers has spearheaded savings of taxpayers' money by interveningin various misdirected or fraudulent government programs and contracts, and he has exposed $310 billion in wasted taxpayer funds, mostly in the last four years. Through his chairmanship he revealed major abuses in military procurement, notably the failures previously unreported by the Pentagon in the Patriot missile's performance in the Persian Gulf; Northrop Corporation's fraudulent inwlvement with the Harrier jump jet, also deployed in Operation Desert Storm, and the air-launched nuclear cruise missile; the Seawolf submarine; and Star Wars. Conyers has also held a series of hearings in several U.S. cities and led a Congressional delegation to Columbia and Peru to find ways to improve the domestic and international effects of the National Drug Control Strategy.
Congressman Conyers authored and coordinated the drive for passage of the Martin Luther King Holiday Bill, which was signed into law on November 2, 1983. He is an original co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus and is a principal architect of its annual alternative Federal budget. His amendment prohibiting the export of nuclear-related materials, technology, equipment, information, and personnel to South Africa became a part of the House-approved Anti-Apartheid Act.
Representative Conyers was a principal sponsor of the Humphrey- Hawhins Full Employment Act, enacted in 1978, and has authored a wide range of full-employment legislation, including legislation to create additional jobs through shorter worh weeks and the elimination of compulsory overtime. He has recently authored legislation that would prevent utilities from shutting off gas and electric service in households during the winter months when health can be threatened.
Congressman Conyers is a strong advocate of health care reform and has authored legislation which, if enacted, would provide a comprehensive, universal health care program. He commissioned the landmark General Accounting Office report which found that a Canadian- style universal single payer health plan would save S67 billion annually in administrative costs alone if applied in the United States. These savings could, with no additional costs, cover the 35 million uninsured in America, as well as provide coverage of co-payments and deductibles for those who now must pay them.
Congressman Conyers was the author of the Alcohol Warning Label Act of 1988, which requires alcohol warning labels on all alcoholic beverages warning about the dangers of drinhing and driving and during pregnancy. Conyers also penned the Public Safety Officers Benefits Act that doubled the benefits available to the families of police officers and fire fighters hilled in the line of duty; the Hate Crimes Statistics Act, which requires the Justice Department to collect data on the incidence of certain crimes that manifest prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity; and the Victims of Crime Act, which raises the amount of money available to victims of crime by $40 million, paid by fines and penalties collected from convicted criminals. All four of these measures were signed into law.
In his Judiciary Committee role, Congressman Conyers generated the Justice Department's national study on police brutality and conducted hearings in several cities on police violence, racially motivated violence, sentencing, white collar crime, grand jury reform, and other criminal justice matters. In both the 101st and 102nd Congresses, Conyers successfully blocked passage of legislation weahening the Federal anti-racheteering law (RICO). He helped lead the fight that brought the Civil Rights Act to the floor of the House and, despite presidential opposition, bolstered its support leading to enactment on November 21, 1991.
Congressman Conyers is a leader in pressing for the rights of Haitians, authoring legislation calling for temporary protected status for Haitian refugees until democracy is restored on that island. This policy has been adopted by the Clinton Administration.
Congressman Conyers is also recognized as a major opponent in Congress of the death penalty. His Racial Justice Act which, as mentioned above, passed the House, moved to end racial discrimination in capital punishment.
His latest legislative achievement was the enactment of the recently passed National Voter Registration Act of 1993 - a bill commonly called "Motor Voter". This bill allows citiaens to register to vote when they apply for their drivers license, when registering for public assistance, by postcard and by mail.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DATA
Congressman Conyers was educated in Detroit's public school system and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Doctor of Law degree at Wayne State University. He is the recipient of many awards for leadership, including a Southern Christian Leadership Conference Award presented to him by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honorary degrees from numerous colleges and universities.
HON. WILLIAM CLAY Democrat (lst District - MO) 2306 Rayburn H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2406 Committee Assignments: CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE Chairman, Subcommittee on Investigations COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR Subcommittee on Labor-Management Relations Subcommittee on Labor Standards, Occupational Safety & Health COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION Chairman, Subcommittee on Libraries and Memorials Subcommittee on Personnel & Police CBC SenioritJ/ Ranking 2 Staff Contact: Harriet C. Pritchett, AA DISTRICT OFFICE: 6197 Delmar Blvd. 49 Central City Shopping Center North St. Louis, Missouri 63112 St. Louis, Missouri 63136 (314) 725-5770 (314) 388-0321 District Contact: Pearlie Evans District Contact: Virginia Cook
The senior member of the Missouri congressional delegation, and a native of St. Louis, William L. Clay was elected to the House of Representatives in 1968. Bill Clay holds two chairmanships: Chairman of the full Post Office and Civil Service Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Libraries and Memorials, under the House Administration Committee. He is also the ranhing member of the Education and Labor Committee.
In the 103rd Congress, "workers rights" continues to be the cornerstone of Congressman Clay's legislative agenda. He was a key sponsor of the Family and Medical Leave Act, HR 1, which was the first bill signed into law by President Clinton. Also, Congressman Clay has reintroduced both the Striher Replacement bill, (HR 5) to protect the jobs of strihing workers and the Hatch Act reform bill, (HR 20) to ensure that federal workers can fully participate in the political process. Both were passed in the last Congress but vetoed by President Bush.
Mr. Clay serves on the board of the W.E.B. DuBois Foundation and is a trustee on the Board of Tougaloo College. He is the founder of the William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund, a nonprofit, tax-exempt scholarship program which presently enrolls fifty-six students in twenty-one different schools. Fourteen students receive all-expense paid, four-year college scholarships.
Mr. Clay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history and political science from St. Louis University and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees for his achievements as a legislator. The Congressman is author of two books: To Kill or Not to Kill, published in 1990, which deals with the savagery of capital punishment, and Just Permanent Interests, published in September 1992, which chronicles the history of black members of Congress. Congressman Clay also serves on the Board of the Jamestown Slave Museum.
He and his wife Carol have three children, Vicki, William, Jr. and Michelle.
HON. LOUIS STOKES Democrat (llth District - Ohio) 2365 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-7032 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS Chairman, Subcommittee on VA-HUD-lndependent Agencies Subcommittee on Labor- Health and Human Services - Education Subcommittee on District of Columbia CBC Seniority Ranking 3 Staff contdct: Leslie Athinson, AA Appointments Secretary: Barbara Brown DISTRICT OFFICE: Room 2947 Federal Office Building 1240 East Ninth Street Cleveland, Ohio 44199 (216) 522-4900 District Contact: Jewell Gilbert. Office Manager
Louis Stokes is the first Black American Member of Congress from Ohio. In 1992, he became the senior representative from Ohio, and the dean of that delegation.
During his tenure, Congressman Stohes has chaired the Select Committee on Assassinations, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In addition, Congressman Stokes is a former member of the House Internal Security Committee, the Committee on Education and Labor, and the Budget Committee. He served as a member of the Iran Contra Panel, the Ethics Tash Force, and the Pepper Commission on Comprehensive Health Care.
Currently, Congressman Stohes serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on VA-HUD-lndependent Agencies. He is also a member of the Subcommittees on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education and the District of Columbia.
In 1972, Congressman Stohes was elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. He served two consecutive terms, and currently chairs the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.
Congressman Stohes has been named one of the "100 Most Influential Black Americans" by Ebony Magazine each year since 1971. In 1979, he was nominated in three categories by Ebony Magazine for the Second Annual Black Achievement Awards. His nomination was based on the fact that he was the first Black American to head a major congressional investigation, in his role as chair of the House Assassinations Committee. Congressman Stokes is the recipient of the "Martin Luther King, Jr. Award" from Ebony Magazine and the William L. Dawson Award from the Congressional Black Caucus. Congressman Stokes has also received twenty honorary doctorate degrees.
Prior to his election to the United States Congress, Representative Stokes was chief trial counsel for the law firm of Stokes, Character, Terry, Perry, Whitehead, Young and Davidson in Cleveland, Ohio. He personally argued the landmark "stop and frisk" case of Terry v Ohio in the United States Supreme Court. Congressman Stohes attended Case Western Reserve University and received his juris doctor degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School.
Born on February 23, 1925, Congressman Stokes is the son of the late Charles and Louise Stohes. Prior to her death, Mrs. Stohes was the recipient of Cleveland's "Woman of the Year Award" and Ohio's "Mother of the Year Award." Congressman Stokes' brother, Municipal Court Judge Carl B. Stohes, made history in 1967 when he was elected mayor of Cleveland, becoming the first Black mayor of a major American city.
Congressman Stokes is married to Jeanette (Jay) Francis Stokes. He is the father of Shelley Stokes Hammond, Angela Stokes, Louis C. Stokes and Lorene Stokes Thompson. He and Jay are the grandparents of Brett S. Hammond, Eric S. Hammond, Kelley C. Stokes, Kimberly L. Stokes and Alexandra F. Thompson.
HON. RONALD V. DELLUMS Democrat (9th District - Calif.) 2108 Rayburn H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2661 Committee Assignments: CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES CBC Seniority Ranking 4 Staff Contact: Carlottia Scott, AA; Charles Stephenson Appointments Secretary: Delores Taylor-Jolley DISTRICT OFFICE: 201 Thirteenth Street, Suite 105 Oakland, California 94617 (510) 763-0370 District Contact: Sandre Swanson
Ronald V. Dellums represents California's 9th Congressional District. First elected in 1970, he is serving his twelfth term.
Congressman Dellums serves as Chair of the House Armed Services Committee and its Subcommittee on Acquisitions. He also co-chairs House Speaker's TasK Force on Defense Economic Conversion, which is part of Speaker's Policy Working Group. In 1979, he was elected chair of the House Committee on the District of Columbia, which made him the first Member of the House class of 1970 to be elected chair of a full committee. In December, 1988, he was elected chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and served in that capacity through 1990.
Mr. Dellums has been a leader in the congressional effort to end U.S. government support for the racist regime in South Africa. In 1971, he introduced comprehensive sanctions legislation. In 1986, the House approved his legislative initiative. It was then modified by the Senate and the President's veto was overridden. Since then Congressman Dellums has reintroduced sanctions legislation in every Congress. These legislative initiatives have played a significant role in the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and subsequent moves toward a nonracial and nonsexist democratic society in South Africa.
Congressman Dellums is the first Member of Congress to have introduced and debated on the House floor a comprehensive alternative military budget. This landmark legislation was the result of extensive ad hoc hearings he conducted on "The Full Implications of the Military Budget." The highlights of those hearings, his critical analysis and legislative proposals were subsequently published in his book, Defense Sense The Search for Rational Military Policy. Congressman Dellums has also consistently been opposed to U.S. military aid to Central America. In 1983, in Dellums vs. Smith, he sought to have the federal court appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the illegal funding and training of the Contras. The Federal District Court twice ruled in his favor, and recent disclosures have confirmed many of the issues raised by the Dellums' court suit.
Social and economic justice are another important area of concern for Congressman Dellums. Since 1977, Congressman Dellums has regularly introduced his updated version of the National Health Service Act. During the past five years, he has advocated increased funding for research, treatment and counseling of AIDS victims and their families. As chair of the D.C. Committee, he has conducted hearings on the issue of homelessness and proposed emergency funding.
As House Armed Services chair in the post Cold War era, Mr. Dellums anticipates leading a vigorous examination of the current state of our military establishment, the purposes and strategies it serves, and the budget that it requires. He believes strongly that we can implement deep and sustained military spending cuts without threat to our national security. A long-standing advocate of defense economic conversion, Mr. Dellums has consistently supported efforts to retrain workers, to provide community impact aide, and to clean up closing military bases and retooled civilian industrial plants. Moreover, he believes that defense savings can provide the economic stimulus and social investment necessary to move our economy successfully into the 21st Century.
Born in Oakland, California on November 24, 1935, Congressman Dellums spent two years on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps before earning a bachelor of arts degree at San Francisco State University and a master's degree in social work from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to the former Leola (Roscoe) Higgs. They have three children - Brandy, Erik, and Piper.
HON. CHARLES B. RANGEL Democrat (15th District - NY) 2252 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4365 Committee Assignments: CHAIRMAN, CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS ON NARCOTICS ABUSE AND CONTROL COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS Chairman, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee on Oversight CBC Seniority Ranking 5 Staff Contact: Emile Milne, LD Appointments Secretary: Pat Bradley DISTRICT OFFICE: 163 West 125th Street New Yorh, New Yorh 10027 (212) 663-3900 District Contact: Vivian S. Jones
Charles Rangel is currently serving his twelfth term for the 15th District, which includes East and Central Harlem, the Upper West Side, Roosevelt Island, and Washington Heights/lnwood. Congressman Rangel is Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Narcotics Abuse and Control, third ranking member of the Committee on Ways and Means, and Deputy Majority Whip of the House of Representatives.
Congressman Rangel began his career in public affairs as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New Yorh and continued his public service representing the 15th District in the New Yorh State Assembly.
During his career in the New Yorh State Assembly and the House of Representatives, Congressman Rangel has served as Chair of the N.Y. State Council of Black Elected Democrats; Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, of which he is a founding member; and member of the House Judiciary Committee during the hearing of the articles of impeachment of Richard Nixon.
As the third ranhing member of the Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Rangel makes decisions concerning federal tax policies, Social Security, and public assistance programs. On the committee, he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, which reviews revenue measures as delegated by the Chair of the full committee. Congressman Rangel is also a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight, which investigates the implementation of programs established by the Ways and Means Committee.
Congressman Rangel is the principal author of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, which is responsible for providing most of the affordable housing recently built in the United States. The Targeted Jobs Tax Credit, which Congressman Rangel also championed, has provided thousands of jobs for underprivileged young people. Congressman Rangel has also served as a leading advocate for Enterprise Zones programs, which would revitalize urban neighborhoods throughout America.
As Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Narcotics Abuse and Control, Congressman Rangel leads the nation's fight against drug abuse and trafficking. To reduce the flow of drugs into the United States and solve the nation's growing drug abuse crisis, Congressman Rangel proposes new legislation, holds public hearings, and negotiates with foreign governments.
Congressman Rangel is a graduate of New Yorh University and St. John's University School of Law. He has received honorary degrees from Hofstra University, Howard University, New Yorh University and Columbia University, among others.
Congressman Rangel served with the Second Infantry Division in Korea and earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. As Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Task Force, Congressman Rangel has authored several pieces of legislation to benefit minority and women veterans, including the recently enacted proposal to create an Office of Minority Affairs within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Congressman Rangel lives in Harlem with his wife Alma, who is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses and participates heavily in many community organizations. Congressman and Mrs. Rangel have two children.
HON. HAROLD E. FORD Democrat (9th. District - TN) 2211 Rayburn H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3265 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS Chairman, Subcommittee on Human Resources Subcommittee on Oversight CBC Seniority Ranking 7 Staff Contact: Terri Winston, AA DISTRICT OFFICE: 167 North Main Street No. 369 Federal Office Building Memphis, Tennessee 38103-1889 (901) 544-4131 District Contact: Mildred Horne
Congressman Harold Eugene Ford represents Tennessee's 9th Congressional District. Comprised primarily of the city of Memphis, he has served this district since 1974 and is currently serving his tenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the first and only African-American Tennessean ever to be elected to Congress.
He serves as a ranking member of the powerful and prestigious House Committee on Ways and Means which has jurisdiction over all tax and revenue raising legislation, as well as Social Security, Medicare and public assistance programs.
In 1981, Congressman Ford, was selected as the Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Assistance and Unemployment Compensation. At the time, he was the youngest member of Congress ever to be selected as a Subcommittee Chairperson. The Subcommittee has subsequently been changed to the Subcommittee on Human Resources, and Congressman Ford has played pivotal roles in shaping our nation's welfare and unemployment compensation policy.
The Subcommittee on Human Resources has jurisdiction over approximately $52 billion in programs including Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC), Title XX and Supplemental Security Income under the Social Security Act, Child Welfare and Foster Care, Low Income Energy Assistance, and Unemployment Compensation.
As chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Congressman Ford authored the landmark Family Support Act of 1988 which reformed our nations welfare system. The Family Support Act is designed to increase opportunities and obligations for work, training and education among AFDC recipients. He also serves as a ranhing member on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight.
Along with his committee responsibilities, Congressman Ford holds membership on the Arts Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Democratic Study Group, and the Environmental and Energy Study Conference. Ford was also elected to serve as a District Whip representing the states of Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi during the 99th Congress.
Prior to his election to Congress, he served two terms in the Tennessee Legislature. He was elected to this state office at the age of 25, and represented the same geographic area of Memphis in which his great grandfather served as a squire during the Post-Reconstruction Era.
Congressman Ford is active in social and community activities in Memphis and throughout the country. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Metropolitan YMCA Board, and is a trustee at Fisk University in Nashville, and Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He is also affiliated with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees for his outstanding work as a Member of Congress including being named as the recipient of the Memphis Jaycees "Outstanding Young Man of the Year" award and the Tennessee Jaycees "Outstanding Young Man of the Year" award.
Congressman Ford was born on May 20, 1945 in Memphis and is the eighth of fifteen children of N.J. and Vera Ford.
He is a recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Tennessee State University in Nashville, an Associate of Arts degree in Mortuary Science from John Gupton College in Nashville, and a Masters in Public Administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Ford is married to the former Dorothy Bowles of Memphis. They are the proud parents of three sons: Harold Jr., Jake, and Sir Isaac.
He and his family are members of Mt. Moriah East Baptist Church of Memphis.
HON. JULIAN C. DIXON Democrat (32nd District - CA) 2400 Rayburn H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-7084 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS Chairman, Subcommittee on the District of Columbia Subcommittee on Defense Subcommittee on Military Construction Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Democratic Steering and Policy Committee CBC Seniority Ranking 8 Staff Contact: Andrea Tracy Holmes, AA; Gwen Brown, LD Appointments secretdry: DeAnne Clarke DISTRICT OFFICE: La Cienega Slauson Business Park 5100 West Goldleaf Circle, Suite 208 Los Angeles, California 90056 (213) 678-5424 District Contact: Patricia Miller
Julian C. Dixon was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and is now serving his eighth term. He represents California's 32nd Congressional District.
His primary legislative assignment is the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where he chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense and Military Construction, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
Among Congressman Dixon's many achievements is his successful drive for a Los Angeles subway project that is now under construction and economic support to rebuild Los Angeles following the 1992 civil disturbances. He has also worked hard to provide federal funds for communities hard hit by defense spending cuts.
As a champion for civil rights, he pushed for restrictions in funding for the U.S. Civil Rights Commission after attempts were made to undermine its original mission. He has also been recognized for his leadership on issues related to low- and moderate-income housing, education and health care. He wrote the first economic sanctions law against South Africa. He has been an out spoken advocate for humanitarian and disaster assistance in desperately poor countries in Africa and the Caribbean.
For nearly a decade, Congressman Dixon chaired the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. From 1986-1990, Mr. Dixon served as President of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. During the 98th Congress, he chaired the Congressional Black Caucus and in 1984, was Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rules for the Democratic National Convention.
Politics in America named him one of the twelve "Unsung Heroes in Congress." In 1992, Mr. Dixon was cited as one of the State's Most Effective Legislators by the California Congressional Recognition Program. He has also earned honors and awards from numerous civic groups.
Prior to entering Congress, he served six years in the California State Assembly and chaired the Assembly Democratic Caucus. Born in Washington, D.C., Congressman Dixon is married to the former Betty Lee of Los Angeles, and has one son, Cary Gordon Dixon.
HON. MAJOR R. OWENS Democrat (llth District - NY) 2305 Rayburn H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-6231 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR Chairman, Subcommittee on Select Education and Civil Rights Subcommittee on labor-Management Relations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee on Human Resources COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS Subcommittee on Information, Justice, Agriculture and Transportation CBC Seniority Ranking 9 Staff Contact: Jacqueline Ellis, AA Appointments Secretary: Debbie Aledo-Simpson DISTRICT OFFICE: 289 Utica Avenue Brooklyn, New Yorh 11213 (718) 773-3100 District Contact: Daniel Simonette
In Congress, Major Owens (D-NY) has distinguished himself by personally passing more legislation than any other member of New York City's Congressional delegation.
As Chair of the Sub-Committee on Select Education and Civil Rights, Owens has directly sponsored and successfully managed the passage of legislation on child abuse and domestic violence prevention, assistance to abandoned infants and children with disabilities (including special education), child adoption amendments, television decoding for the hearing impaired, and the landmarh American with Disabilities Act, which bars discrimination against people with disabilities in employment and other areas of life.
A senior member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Congressman Owens has served as a hard-driving force for the successful passage of legislation on plant-closing notification, extended employment benefits, child-care expansion, and the very important increase in the minimum wage. Congressman Owens has led the crusade for the "right to strihe" legislation which would prohibit employers from hiring permanent striker replacements.
In Congress, as well as in his District, Owens has been an advocate for a better educated American public and for full employment for all Americans who want to worh. He has championed efforts to solve longstanding problems of school improvement among urban, rural and bilingual schools and for legislation designed to reshape the federal role in education research and development, particularly where improving education for youth is concerned. His strong national stance on education reform and his efforts to reach out and transform the concept of education has given him the distinct honor of being dubbed the "Education Congressman" by citizens in his district. He has played a critical role in co-sponsoring legislation that would keep illegal firearms off the streets and legislation that would require a seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases, allowing local law enforcement officials to check the background of prospective buyers for a criminal record.
At home in Broohlyn he is seen as a tireless organizer in the leadership of campaigns to elect Mayor David Dinkins; City Council President, Andrew Stein; Comptroller, Elizabeth Holtzman and Kings County Democratic Chair, Clarence Norman. As President of the Broohlyn- based Coalition for Community Empowerment, Owens has provided leadership on city charter revision, the campaign for a special prosecutor for racial bias and police brutality cases, revision of New York State election laws and a program of family opportunity and hope.
Owens' entry into public service and politics began during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. His involvement in politics is partially a result of his worh as chair of the Broohlyn Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), as Vice President of the Metropolitan Council on Housing, a city-wide tenants rights group and as the Commissioner of the New York City Community Development Agency.
In 1974, Owens became the first New Yorh State Senator elected from Broohlyn's newly created 17th Senatorial District. Owens remained in this position until 1982, when he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In November 1992, he was re-elected for a sixth term by 95% of the vote. Congressman Owens is a member of the House Government Operations Committee and a senior member of the House Education and Labor Committee.
Owens was born June 28, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was educated at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received his Bachelors degree in Mathematics in 1956, and Atlanta University, where he received his Masters degree in Library Science in 1957.
After completing his Masters, Owens moved to Brooklyn, settling in the Prospect Heights community. During this period, he held a number of specialized and supervisory positions in the Broohlyn Public Library. Over the years, Owens has stayed connected to his first profession as a librarian. He is considered a scholar and national expert on library education and information development. He has taught at Columbia University in one of the nation's top library schools, and was the much-lauded speaher at the White House Conference on Libraries in 1979 and 1990. In 1988, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from Atlanta University and received the same honor from Audrey Cohen College of Human Services in 1990.
Owens is married to Maria A. Owens of New York City. The children of their blended family are Christopher, Geoffrey, Millard, Carlos and Cecilia.
HON. EDOLPHUS TOWNS Democrat (lOth District - NY) 2232 Rayburn H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5936 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS Subcommittee on Environment, Energy, and National Resources Chairman, Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE Subcommittee on Health and the Environment Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Competitiveness CBC Seniority Ranking: 10 Staff Contact: Brenda Pillors, AA Appointments Secretary: Josie Wiltshire DISTRICT OFFICE: 545 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Broohlyn, New Yorh 11206 (718) 387-8696 District contdct Jennifer Joseph
Edolphus "Ed" Towns was first elected to public office in November, 1982 as the U.S. Representative for Brooklyn's 11th Congressional District. He was elected to represent the 10th Congressional District in 1992. Congressman Towns is a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, and serves on two Subcommittees, Health and the Environment, and Commerce, Consumer Protection and Competitiveness. He is also a member of the Government Operations Committee, where he serves as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Resources and Integovernmental Relations.
During the 102nd Congress Rep. Towns served as the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 1992 he was selected as a Conferee on the National Energy Strategy Legislation. He was also a member of the 1992 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee for the Democratic National Convention.
The Brooklyn Representative believes in coalition building and is a firm supporter of traditional democratic agendas. During his congressional career, Congressman Towns has been noted for his legislative efforts on behalf of minority farmers, bilingual education, restoring funds for Freedom National Bank depositors, and upgrading academic performance in intercollegiate athletics through the Student Athlete Right to Know Act. He has also advocated on behalf of the "Brady Bill" handgun control, national health care reform, and environmental equity.
Congressman Towns has the distinction of being the first African American to serve as Brooklyn Deputy Borough President. Additionally, he and his son, Assemblyman Darryl Towns, achieved a political first when they were simultaneously elected to public office in the state of New York. Congressman Towns' varied professional background includes assignments as an assistant administrator at Beth Israel Medical Center, a professor at New York's Medgar Evers College and Fordham University, and a teacher in the New York City public school system. He is also a veteran of the United States Army.
The congressman received his master's degree in social work from Adelphi University, and his Bachelor's degree from North Carolina A&T University.
Mr. Towns serves on the Board of Trustees of Shaw University, the Advisory Board of Medgar Evers College, and is a member and supporter of the United Negro College Fund, the National Association of Social Workers, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternib, Inc., and the Brooklyn Guardsmen.
Ed Towns was born in Chadbourn, North Carolina. He is married to the former Gwendolyn Forbes. He is the father of two children, Darryl and Deidra, and serves as a surrogate father to his nephews Jason and Jereme Towns.
HON. ALAN WHEAT Democrat (5th District - MO) 2334 Rayburn H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4535 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON RULES COMMITTEE ON DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Chairman, Subcommittee on Government Operations and Metropolitan Affairs President, Congressional Blach Caucus Foundation CBC Seniority Ranking 11 Staff Contact: Margaret Broadaway, AA Appointments Secretary: Teresa De La Cruz DISTRICT OFFICE: 811 GrandQRoom 935 Kansas City, Missouri 64106 (816) 842-4545 District Contact Gerard Grimaldi 301 West Lexington - Room 211 Independence, Missouri 64050 (816) 833-4545 Staff Contact: Shelila Thompson
The WaH Street Journal hails Congressman Alan Wheat as a "political star for the year 2000. " Time Magazine points to Wheat as a bright and able leader of the "new generation" of African-American elected officials. Representing both an urban area and suburban communities, Wheat has proven his skill as a coalition builder and as an effective national legislator.
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, Wheat quickly established himself as a leader by becoming the youngest person in congressional history to be appointed to the prestigious Rules Committee. Now in his eleventh year on the panel, he has used his position on Rules to get results for the Fifth District of Missouri and help forge sound national policy.
Congressman Wheat's assignment on the Rules Committee guarantees that he has a role to play on nearly every major bill that comes before the House. According to the authoritative journal Congressional Quarterly Wheat has shown how his position on Rules "can be used to avoid the legislative hurdles that often frustrate other members" of the House.
The Kansas City Star says that "one of U.S. Rep. Alan Wheat's very strong suits during his years in the House has been a genuine concen about people." That concern has been reflected in his consistent support for innovative measures to improve the quality of life and expand opportunities for all Americans.
Wheat believes that a quality education "is a priceless investment in our most precious natural resource - our children." Better schools are a top priority for Wheat, and he is sponsoring a bill to duplicate the successful Missouri "Parents As Teachers" early childhood program nationwide, as well as championing full funding for Head Start and other educational investments.
In keeping with his longstanding interest in the impact of poverty on society, Wheat has helped to heighten public awareness of the problems of malnutrition, infant mortality and homelessness.
In 1976, in his first attempt at elective office, Wheat won a seat in the Missouri General Assembly, where he was named "Best Freshman Legislator" by the St. Louisan Magazine. During his tenure in the General Assembly, which included the chairmanship of the Urban Affairs Committee, the Jefferson City News Tribune selected him as one of the "Ten Best Legislators in Missouri."
Born on October 16, 1951, Congressman Wheat is the son of an Air Force colonel and a former public school teacher. Educated around the globe from Wichita, Kansas, to Seville, Spain, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Grinnell College in lowa in 1972. He is married to Yolanda Townsend Wheat and has a daugther, Alynda, and a son, Christopher.
HON. FLOYD FLAKE Democrat (6th District - NY) 1035 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3461 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON BANKING, FINANCE AND URBAN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Consumer Credit & Insurance Chairman, Subcommittee on General Oversight, Investigations, & the Resolution of Failed Financial Institutions Subcommittee on Financial Institutions Supervision, Regulation and Deposit Insurance COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS Subcommittee on Minority Enterprise, Finance & Urban Development COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS Subcommittee on Employment, Housing & Aviation CBC Seniority Ranhing 12 Staff Contact: Edwin Reed, AA Appointments Secretary: Pat Fisher DISTRICT OFFICE: 196-06 Linden Blvd. St. Albans, New York 11412 (718) 949-5600 District Contact: Sam Moon
Floyd H. Flake was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1986, and represents New Yorh's 6th Congressional District. This is the first political office he has held, and his election represented a well organized grassroots effort. Since his election, Congressman Flake has led the fight against drugs in his community and has been a strong proponent of a national housing program and an improved educational system.
Congressman Flake serves as Chairman of the General Oversight, Investigations, & the Resolution of Failed Financial Institutions on the House Committee on Banhing, Finance and Urban Affairs, the Committee on Small Business, and the Committee on Government Operations. As an advocate of decent, safe, and affordable housing, he introduced the Mickey Leland Peace Dividend Housing Act of 1990. Several proposals authored by Congressman Flake were included in the 1991 Housing Programs Reauthorization Act.
A proponent of a stronger America and a consistent foreign policy, Congressman Flake has introduced H.R. 482, the Fair Treatment for Freedom National Banh Act, H.R. 1061, the Fair Employment Reinstatement Act, H.R. 1062, the Home Ownership Plan Encouragement Act, H.R. 1328, a bill to authorize supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 1991 for relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction in Liberia, and H.R. 90, a resolution regarding the steps which the House of Representatives believes the U.S. must tahe to ensure that all Americans have decent and affordable housing. The bills which he has supported are consistent with his concern for the well-being of all mankind.
Before entering politics, Congressman Flake, in his role as pastor of Allen A.M.E. Church, was and continues to be an active and dynamic community leader in the 6th district. Since his appointment as pastor in 1976, the church has grown from a congregation of 1,400 with an annual budget of $250,000 to one of over 6,452 members, with a budget of $22 million. This growth has been channeled into several major community revitalization projects, such as a 300-unit senior citizen complex, a Christian school and multi-purpose center, and a multi- service center, which provides health care, head start education, and numerous other services. He has also recently completed 61 affordable homes for local residents and has established a home care agency to assist the elderly and infirm.
Born in Los Angeles on January 30, 1945, Congressman Flahe attended Houston public schools and did his undergraduate work at Wilberforce University. He went on to graduate studies at Payne Theological Seminary, with additional graduate studies in business administration at Northeastern University. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry Program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
He is married to the former M. Elaine McCollins of Memphis, Tennesee. They are the parents of two daughters - Aliya and Nailah, and two sons - Rasheed and Hasan.
HON. JOHN LEWIS Democrat (5th District - GA) 329 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3801 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS Subcommittee on Health Subcommittee on Oversight COMMITTEE ON DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Subcommittee on Government Operations and Metropolitan Affairs Subcommittee on Judiciary and Education CHIEF DEPUTY MAJORITY WHIP STEERING AND POLICY COMMITTEE CBC Seniority Ranhing 13 Staff Contact: Linda Earley Chastang, AA Appointments Secretary: Sally Haderlein DISTRICT OFFICE: 100 Peachtree Street, N.W., Suite 1920 Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (404) 659-0116 District Contact: James Waller
John Lewis has been described as "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement has ever produced." He has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing personal dignity, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community."
Elected to Congress in 1986, Congressman Lewis represents Georgia's 5th Congressional District. He was re-elected in 1992 by an overwhelming majority.
For more than three decades, Congressman Lewis has been in the vanguard of progressive social movements and human rights struggles. From 1963 to 1966, he chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and joined other students to organize sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters. In 1961, he risked his life with other Freedom Riders to challenge segregation at interstate bus terminals. He came to be recogniled as one of the "Big Six" leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Congressman Lewis helped plan and served as a keynote speaher in the 1963 "March on Washington." In 1964, he led the march across the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama on "Bloody Sunday." Despite physical attacks and 40 arrests, he remained a devoted advocate of nonviolence.
Congressman Lewis went on to become director of the Voter Education Project, and his efforts helped to add nearly 4 million minority voters to the rolls. Under President Jimmy Carter, he directed more than 250,000 volunteers for the federal volunteer agency, ACTION. Following that, he became Community Affairs director of the National Consumer Co- op Bank in Atlanta. In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council, where he was an advocate of ethics and neighborhood preservation.
Congressman Lewis is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, the District of Columbia, and the Select Committee on Aging. He also serves as a Chief Deputy Majority Whip and sits on the influential Steering and Policy Committee. He is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The National Journal named Congressman Lewis as one of eleven "rising stars in Congress" stating that "Few House Members . . . have had such momentous experiences before coming to Washington that other Members of Congress want to hear about them. John R. Lewis . . . has that cachet and he has made it a plus in his House service. In so doing, he has also begun to show the reasons for his earlier success."
Congressman Lewis is married to Lillian Lewis. Mrs. Lewis lives in Atlanta where she is director of External Affairs, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Clark Atlanta University. The Lewises have one son, John-Miles Lewis.
HON. DONALD M. PAYNE Democrat (lOth District - NJ) 417 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3436 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR Subcommittee on Labor-Management Relations Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary & Vocational Education Subcommittee on Select Education COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Africa CBC Seniority Ranking 15 Staff contdct: Maxine James, AA Appointments Secretary: Jennifer Watley DISTRICT OFFICE: 970 Broad Street, Room 1435B 333 North Broad Street, Ground Floor Newark, New Jersey 07102 Elizabeth, N.J. 07208 (201) 645-3213 District Contact: Richard Thigpen
Donald M. Payne was elected to serve as the Representative of the 10th Congressional District of New Jersey in 1988 by an overwhelming majority. He was re-elected in 1990 and 1992 with a wide margin of the vote. Congressman Payne is a member of the Education and Labor Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Government Operations Committee.
Congressman Payne has played an active role in both domestic and foreign policy matters. During his first session in Congress, his first legislative resolution to promote literacy was unanimously approved by his colleagues and was signed into law by the President. Payne's literacy resolutions have subsequently been approved by every Congress.
In the Education Labor Committee, Payne worhed actively for the passage of the Family & Medical Leave Act, one of the first major pieces of legislation signed into law by President Clinton.
In response to an alarming increase in AIDS cases, Congressman Payne convened congressional hearings in New Jersey on AIDS prevention, education, and treatment. He was instrumental in securing additional funds in the federal budget to address the AIDS crisis. Legislation he introduced to improve the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act to help "boarder babies"was approved by Congress and signed into law by the President. He also held hearings on the rising incidence of tuberculosis.
Congressman Payne attended the historic African National Congress conference in South Africa, the first such meeting held there in over 30 years. Congressman Payne has travelled to Haiti in an effort to restore democracy to that nation. He has also played an active role in focusing on the plight of Haitian refugees. The Congressman visited the famine- stricken nation of Somalia, and was among the first to call for the U.S. military to become involved in humanitarian assistance. Payne spearheaded an effort among pharmaceutical companies to provide needed medicine and supplies to the people of Somalia. The drive succeeded in raising over $2 million. A resolution Payne introduced condemning human rights violations in Zaire and calling for positive changes in that nation was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives.
Before being elected to serve as New Jersey's first African American Congressman, he served as a member of the Newark Municipal Council from 1982 to 1989. In 1972, Congressman Payne was elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and served until 1978. In 1977, he served as the Board's director. A true community leader, he has worhed with young people as a teacher from 1957 to 1964, and with various youth-oriented activities throughout his adult life. In 1970, he was elected president of the YMCAs of the USA, serving as its first African American president.
Congressman Payne's worh with the YMCA has afforded him the opportunity to help people worldwide. He had visited 75 countries by 1980. During many of these visits, he assisted in the development of education, housing, and local government systems in numerous Third World nations. He became a member of the World YMCA Refugee and Rehabilitation Committee in 1970, and served as chair from 1973 to 1981.
Congressman Payne currently serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Committee for UNICEF. He has served on the Substantive Issues Committee of the United Nations Association of the USA and the Small Business Advisory Council. He is the past chair of the New Jersey Hospital Rate Setting Commission.
Payne was elected by his New Jersey and Pennsylvania colleagues to serve as Regional Whip in the 103rd Congress. He also serves as secretary of the N.J. Delegation.
After receiving a bachelor of arts degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, Congressman Payne pursued graduate studies at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Chicago State University.
HON. CRAIG A. WASHINGTON Democrat (18th District - TX) 1711 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3816 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & COMMERCE Subcommittee on Energy & Power Subcommittee on Health & the Environment COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS Subcommittee on Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Human Resources CBC SenioritJ/ Ranking: 16 Staff Contact: Natalie Warner, AA Appointments Secretary: Christine Sly DISTRICT OFFICE: 2323 Caroline, Suite 2000 Houston, Texas 77004 (713) 739-7339 District Contact: Sidney Braquet
Craig Anthony Washington was elected to the House of Representatives to represent the 18th Congressional District following the tragic death of his friend Congressman George Thomas "Mickey" Leland. He was first sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives when the 101st Congress reconvened on January 23, 1990. He was reelected in November 1990 and November 1992.
As a Member of the House, Representative Washington serves on three Committees: Committee on the Judiciary, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Government Operations Committee. He serves on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Health and the Environment, and Energy and Power; and on the Judiciary Subcommittees on Civil and Constitutional Rights, and Crime and Criminal Justice. On the Government Operations Committee, he serves on the Subcommittee on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, and Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations. Representative Washington also serve as a Whip-At-Large of the Democratic Whip Organization of the House of Representatives and as a Vice Chairman for the Democratic Study Group Executive Committee.
During the 102nd Congress, Representative Washington also served on three Committees: Committee on the Judiciary, the Education and Labor Committee, and the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. He served on the Judiciary Subcommittees on Civil and Constitutional Rights, and Crime and Criminal Justice; and on the Education and Labor Subcommittees on Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Education, Postsecondary Education, and Labor/Management Relations. Additionally, he served as the Whip for the Congressional Black Caucus, Whip-at-Large of the Democratic Whip Organization and as a Regional Representative to the Democratic Study Group Executive Committee.
A native of Longview, Texas and a longtime resident of Houston, Representative Washington is a graduate of Prairie View A & M University and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. A criminal defense lawyer, he was a partner in the former Houston law firm of WASHINGTON LAMPLEY EVANS & BRAQUET and is licensed to practice before all Texas and various federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
He served in the Texas Senate in 1982 to January 1990. As a member of the Senate, he served at various times on the Human Resources, Health & Human Services, Jurisprudence, Inter-governmental Relations, Criminal Justice, State Affairs, and Rules Committees, and the Subcommittees on Criminal Matters, Public Health, Health Services, Elections, and Urban Affairs. As Senate President Pro Tempore, he served as the State's "Governor for a Day" on January 20, 1990.
Representative Washington served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 to 1982. In the course of his tenure in the House, he served at various times as Chairman of the Criminal Jurisprudence, Social Services, and Human Services Committees, as Chairman of the Harris County Delegation and the Legislative Blach Caucus, and as Speaker Pro Tempore.
Representative Washington is well hnown for his consistent support of civil rights and civil liberties and for his efforts to increase the participation of women and minorities in the political process. Highlights of his legislative career include passage of bills creating the Texas Department on Aging, increasing monthly payments to recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), limiting state investments in businesses involved with South Africa, addressing the needs of people with disabilities, and coordinating Texas' fight against AIDS.
Since his arrival in Washington, D.C., Representative Washington has been a major contributor and fighter for justice, education, and equality for all. During the debate on the Civil Rights Act, he chaired full committee and field hearings, led the floor debate on quotas, fought for the ability for women and religious minorities to sue for damages, and was a Member of the conference committee in both the Education and Labor and Judiciary Committees. He has been a Member of many conference committees, on issues such as child care, higher education, elementary education, and energy.
Washington is the father of five children ranging in age from 26 years to 4 years: Craig Anthony Washington 11, Chival Antoinette Washington, Alexander Haller Washington, Cydney Alexandra Washington, and Christopher Alfred Washington.
HON. GARY A. FRANKS Republican (Sth District - CT) 435 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3822 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & COMMERCE Subcommittee on Health and Environment Subcommittee on Energy and Power CBC Seniority Ranking 18 Staff Contact: Stephanie Kincaid Appointments Secretary: Jay Swayze DISTRICT OFFICES: 135 Grand Street, Suite 210 30 Main Street Waterbury, Connecticut 06702 Danbury, Connecticut 06810 (203) 790-1263 (203) 573-1418 District Contact: Rich Genua
Gary A. Franks, a conservative Republican, was elected to the 102nd Congress in November, 1990. His election marked the first time in nearly 60 years that a black Republican was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the highest ranhing elected black Republican official in the United States.
Congressman Franks represents the Fifth Congressional District in Connecticut, a richly diverse, twenty-seven town district located in the western part of the state.
He is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Congressman Franks is the Chairman of the House Republican Task Force on Welfare Reform, a member of the House Republican Policy Committee, the lone Republican in the forty-member Congressional Black Caucus, and a member of the Conservative Opportunities Society.
Franks has introduced legislation initiatives on the revitalization of our urban areas and welfare reform. The Urban Entrepreneurial Opportunities (UEO) Act is a bill that encourages Fortune 500-type companies to invest in the rebuilding of urban areas by assisting urban entrepreneurs. The bill allows companies to contribute to the success of enterprise zones without being located in the enterprise zone. The Parental Responsibility Act is the welfare reform initiative proposed by Congressman Franks. Currently, only 22 percent of the single, never- married mothers on welfare have identified the father of their child for paternal support purposes. This results in perpetuating the spiral of government dependency. Franks' legislation would require states to enforce an already-existing law or face losing a portion of their welfare benefits.
Congressman Franks served three terms as an alderman in Waterbury. On the Board of Aldermen, Franks served as president pro tem for one term, vice chairman of the zoning commission, and as a fire board member. He ran unsuccessfully in 1986 as the Republican Party's candidate for state comptroller. Though Franks lost the election, he led all Republicans in vote getting. In 1987, he ran unsuccessfully for state Republican chairman in Connecticut. Out of nine candidates, he finished third.
Prior to his election, Congressman Franks worked for three Fortune 500-type companies-Continental Can, Chesebrough Ponds and Cadbury Schweppes-as a labor relations executive for ten years before founding his own real estate investment company.
He is a native of Waterbury, CT, attended Sacred Heart High School and graduated from Yale University. Franks received a leadership award, was elected to a senior honor society, and was selected as captain of the basketball team.
In 1991, Congressman Franks was featured in USA Weekend magazine as one of the twenty most promising people in politics for the 1990's. He has appeared on various television shows and has been interviewed/profiled on various news shows.
Congressman Franks lives in Waterbury with his wife, Donna, and their two daughters, Azia and Jessica Lynn.
HON. ELEANOR HOLMES-NORTON Democrat (Delegate - District of Columbia) 1415 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-8050 Commiffee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee on Economic Development Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE Chairman, Subcommittee on Compensation and Employee Benefits COMMITTEE ON DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Chairman, Subcommittee on Judiciary and Education Subcommittee on Fiscal Affairs and Health JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE ORGANIZATION OF CONGRESS CBC Seniority Ranking 19 Staff Contact: Donna L. Brazile, AA Appointments Secretary: Lorry Hester DISTRICT OFFICES: 815 15th Street, N.W., Suite 100 1151 Chicago St., S.E. Washington, D.C. 20005 Washington, D.C. 20020 (202) 783-5065 (202) 678-8900 District Contact: Rene Redwood District Contact: Bonnie Johnson
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is serving in her second term in the House of Representatives after an unusually productive first term. In only one term in office, she won the right to vote on the House floor in the Committee of the Whole; a formula for the District federal payment; a $100 million dollar supplemental; a 40% increase in the annual federal payment, the first increase in five years; an award from the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law for her "dedication to securing passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991;" and an expansion of the Capitol Police to help protect a larger portion of the District. Upon her re-election in 1992, Congresswoman Norton selected as her theme "Full Rights to Match our Full Responsibilities," to follow her first term theme, "A Fresh Start with the Congress/A Fair Shake for the District."
The Congresswoman is believed to be the only second term member to chair two subcommittees and is the first delegate in modern history to serve on a Joint CommiKee of Congress. She was appointed by Speaker Tom Foley to the bipartisan Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress, which has been charged with finding solutions to "gridlock" and recommending changes in the way the Senate and the House perform their worh together and relate to the President. Ms. Norton was elected chair of the Post Office and Civil Service Subcommittee on Compensation and Employee Benefits, a critical subcommittee for her district, where one in five residents is a federal employee. She also is chair of the District of Columbia Committee Subcommittee on Judiciary and Education, with jurisdiction over law enforcement and education issues. She is vice chair of the Public Works and Transportation Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds, whose jurisdiction over federal jobs and development is the single most important factor affecting the D.C. economy.
Congresswoman Norton, a tenured professor of law at Georgetown University, came to Congress as a national figure who chaired the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under President Jimmy Carter. Even before she sought elective office, Ms. Norton had been named one of the 100 most important women in America* and one of the most powerful women in Washington.** She was also a nationally recognized commentator, writer, civil rights and women's rights leader, and is the recipient of more than 55 honorary degrees.
Beyond her core committee assignments, Congresswoman Norton is deeply involved in an unusual variety of issues affecting the District and the nation. She is a charter member of the Urban Caucus, and is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues, the Congressional Arts Caucus, the Energy and Environmental Study Conference, and the Federal Government Service Task Force. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Congressional Tourism Caucus, a priority that reflects the District's second largest source of revenue. Congresswoman Norton was elected by her colleagues as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Study Group, the policy and research arm of the Democratic members of the House of Representatives.
After receiving her B.A. from Antioch College in Ohio, Congresswoman Norton simultaneously earned a Masters' degree in American studies from Yale Graduate School and a law degree from Yale Law School. Yale Law School has awarded her the Citation of Merit as an Outstanding Alumnus of Yale Law School, and Yale Graduate School has awarded her the Yale Wilbur Cross Medal as an Outstanding Alumnus of the Graduate School.
Ms. Norton brings to Congress an unusually broad background and professional experience. She has served on the boards of three Fortune 500 companies and the Board of the Rochefeller Foundation, as well as the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar Association and as a trustee of many professional, civic and civil rights organizations. The Congresswoman is the mother of John Holmes Norton and Katherine Felicia Norton.
* Ladies Home Journal ** Washington Magazine HON. MAXINE WATERS Democrat (35th District - CA) 1207 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2201 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON BANKING Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development Subcommittee on General Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on International Development and Finance, Trade and Monetary Policy COMMITTEE ON VETERANS Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS CBC Seniority Ranhing 21 Staff Contact: Jim Key Appointments Secretary: Joyce Freeland DISTRICT OFFICE: 10124 Broadway Los Angeles, California 90003 (213) 757-8900 District Contact: Rod Wright
Congresswoman Maxine Waters was first elected to the House of Representatives in November of 1990 with an overwhelming 80 percent of the vote. She was re-elected in California's 35th district in 1992 by an even greater margin. Her district includes South Central Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, and Gardena. Congresswoman Waters is a member of the House Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs; the Committee on Veterans' Affairs; the Small Business Committee; and the Democratic Caucus Organization for Study and Review. A leading proponent for women, children, and minorities, Ms. Waters compiled an impressive list of accomplishments during her first term in Congress:
* Rep. Waters' Emergency Development Loan Guarantee Program authorized S10 billion in loan guarantees to cities for economic and infrastructure development, housing, and small business expansion. The program was signed into law by President Bush in the fall of 1992.
* In the area of housing, Congresswoman Waters succeeded in assuring preference to low-income veterans in purchasing foreclosed properties from failed banks and savings and loans; the creation of "Youthbuild" to employ disadvantaged youth in the rehabilitation of low-income housing; and in the expansion of two important pro-family programs-the Family Investment Centers and the Family Unification Program. She also secured $1.5 million for New Directions, an innovative homeless veterans service project in Los Angeles.
* And, in the wahe of the 1991 civil disturbance in Los Angeles, Rep. Waters secured three million from the Community Development Block Grant program for community-based economic development in the area.
Congresswoman Waters' "Urban Agenda" for her second term in Congress includes:
1. The Urban Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Initiative to fund recreational programs for "at-risk" youth, establish health prevention programs for in and out-of-school youth, bolster stipend-based basic job training for young adults, and create jobs for low-shilled workers to rehabilitate inner-city neighborhoods.
2. The Community Banhing and Economic Investment Initiative would tighten requirements for financial institutions to invest in low-income neighborhoods, encourage the development of "community banhs" to encourage non-traditional lending, and expand federal loan guarantees for urban economic development.
3. The Economic Conversion and Diversification Income Tax Credit would give defense companies a 15 percent investment tax credit to encourage conversion from defense-related to civilian production.
A long-time fighter for new federal budget priorities, Congresswoman Waters has championed legislation to transfer monies from the Defense Department to meet human needs. She has been a bold advocate for conversion of defense industries to peace-time production and for assistance and retraining for worhers previously involved in defense production. Rep. Waters opposed the Persian Gulf War and, for the past ten years, has been a leader in the movement to end Apartheid and assure a one-person, one-vote democracy in South Africa. She also is a key figure in congressional efforts to restore to power Haiti's democratically-elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Representative Waters was among the first leaders in the African American community to address the HIV/AIDS crisis. She was instrumentalin the establishment of the Minority AIDS Project of Los Angeles and the Dionne Warwich Foundation. She organized the first Congressional Black Caucus hearing on AIDS in the African American community. An early supporter of President Bill Clinton, Congresswoman Waters served as National Co-Chair of the Clinton for President campaign. She is a member of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. A board member of the National Rainbow Coalition, Ms. Waters was a leader in Reverend Jesse Jachson's 1984 and 1988 campaigns for the presidency.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, the Democratic Study Group, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, the Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, and the Congressional Arts Caucus. She is an associate member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Maxine Waters was first elected to public office in 1978 when she won a seat in the California State Assembly. During her fourteen years in the state legislature, she became the first woman in the state's history to be elected chair of the Assembly's powerful Democratic Caucus. Among her many legislative accomplishments in California were: divestment of state pension funds from businesses involved in South Africa (one of the largest pension funds in the United States), the introduction and passage into law of the nation's first plant-closure law, and landmarh affirmative action legislation guaranteeing women- owned and minority-owned businesses access to state procurement opportunities.
She also created the nation's first state-wide Child Abuse Prevention Training Program, gained passage of a law to prevent strip searches for nonviolent misdemeanors, and promoted legislation to help prevent toxic chemical catastrophies.
Congresswoman Waters has received honorary degrees from Spelman College, North Carolina A&T State University, Morgan State University, Central State University, and Harris-Stowe State College. She serves on the Board of Directors of Essence magazine, the Center for Policy Alternatives, Trans Africa Foundation, the National Women's Political Caucus, the Center for National Policy, the Clara Elizabeth Jachson Carter Foundation at Spelman College, the Minority AIDS Project, and the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament. She also is a lifetime member of the National Council of Negro Women and the Black Women's Agenda and the founder and president of the Black Women's Forum.
Congresswoman Waters was born in St. Louis, Missouri. After moving to Los Angeles, she attended California State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her initial political involvement grew out of her experience as a Head Start teacher.
She is married to Sidney Williams, a businessman and former National Football League player with the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins. She is the mother of two adult children, Edward and Karen.
HON. LUCIEN E. BLACKWELL Democrat (2nd District - PA) 410 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4001 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION Subcommittee on Economic Development, Vice Chairman Subcommittee on Aviation Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET CBC Seniority Ranhing 22 Staff Contact: Corliss Clemonts-James, AA Appointments Secretary: Beth Siniawshy DISTRICT OFFICE: 3901 Market Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (215) 387-2543/44 District Contact: Maurice Floyd
Lucien E. Blackwell was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's Second Congressional District in a Special Election held on November 5, 1991. Since his initial election, Congressman Blackwell has taken a remarkable 111 place leap in seniority, the fastest in 44 years. Congressman Blackwell is a member of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, where he serves as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, and is currently the only African-American on the House Budget Committee.
As an elected official, Congressman Blachwell has consistently taken outspoken positions and sponsored legislation to improve the quality of life for all Americans. In his first term in the House of Representatives, Congressman Blackwell sponsored several key initiatives, including a measure to protect the credit rating of consumers who became unemployed as a result of recessionary layoffs. Most recently, Congressman Blackwell was appointed by President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Tom Foley to a special task force to deal with the crisis of homelessness which is devastating our nation.
In Philadelphia, Congressman Blackwell created the Second Congressional District Drug Think Tank, a broad-based coalition of community activists, religious leaders, and elected officials. The Think Tank deals with the multitude of problems associated with drug abuse and addiction in Philadelphia, and across the country. Congressman Blackwell also led the "Tenant Pride" campaign, a large scale volunteer network, to clean up and restore dignity to Philadelphia's public housing developments.
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Congressman Blackwell served for two terms as a State Representative and on the Philadelphia City Council where he rose to the influential positions of Majority Whip and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Congressman Blackwell also served as the Chairman of the Black Elected Officials and Ward Leaders of Philadelphia for 12 years.
During his tenure on the Philadelphia City Council, Congressman Blackwell led the now famous debate to build above Philadelphia City Hall, which paved the way for Liberty Places I and II whereby thousands of jobs were created, and a new era of construction projects for the city were initiated. He pushed through legislation to establish a Convention Center in Philadelphia, which specifically included jobs and contract guarantees for minorities and women. He sponsored Philadelphia's Human Rights Bill which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. Congressman Blackwell led the effort to secure the first $100,000 dollars of more than $12 million dollars in funding for the Anti- Graffiti Network which has turned the graffiti-marred walls of Philadelphia into artistic murals representing hope and promise for our youth. He stopped the city from misusing federal housing dollars by lobbying the Carter Administration. The end result was that all federal funds to the city were withheld until a legitimate housing plan was in place. He protested the closing of Philadelphia General Hospital, and initiated action that resulted in the allocation of the first $300,000 dollars of the more than $50 million dollars for a homeless program which was the very first in the nation. During this period, Congressman Blachwell fasted for six weehs to protest the lack of police protection and the lack of maintenance in public housing projects operated by the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
While serving as a State Representative, Congressman Blackwell persuaded fellow lawmakers not to lower the drinking age to 18. Congressman Blackwell also sponsored Resolution 67, which brought a legislative panel to Philadelphia to investigate the city's gang war problem. This measure resulted in the formation of the Crisis Intervention Network, which receivednationwide acclaim for its anti- crime activities. Congressman Blackwell and State Representative David P. Richardson called for an investigation of allegations of neglect and child abuse at the Youth Study Center which led to the resignation of the executive director. Congressman Blackwell was also successful in persuading the Governor to sign legislation outlawingmedical experimentation on prisoners.
As Chairman of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, Congressman Blackwell made history by rejecting three consecutive gas rate increase requests from the Philadelphia Gas Works, forcing the utiliy for the first time ever to streamline its management operation. Congressman Blackwell's stand resulted in more than $150 million dollars in savings for taxpayers.
A labor leader for 30 years, Congressman Blackwell travelled extensively to many foreign countries. His experiences have been invaluable in his role as a Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority, a Board Director on the Port Corporation and a former member of the Govenor's Infrastructure Task Force. The Congressman first found employment on the Philadelphia Waterfront, and worhed his way up from Laborer, to Foreman, T rustee, Vice President, Business Agent and President of Local 1332, International Longshoreman's Association, AFL- CIO, a position he held for 18 years until his election to Congress.
Born August 1, 1931, Congressman Blackwell has been married to Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell for 20 years. They reside in the University City section of Philadelphia.
HON. EVA CLAYTON Democrat (lst District - NC) 222 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3101 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE Subcommittee on Department Operations and Nutrition Subcommittee on Environmental Credit and Rural Development Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Natural Resources COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS Subcommittee on Procurement, Taxation, and Tourism Subcommittee on Rural Enterprise, Exports and the Environment CBC Seniority Ranking 23 Staff Contact: Lenwood Long, AA Appointments Secretary: Jean Chippel DISTRICT OFFICE: 400 W. 5th Street Greenville, N.C. 27834 (919) 758-8800 District Contact: Charles Worth
Eva Clayton brings to Congress more than 25 years of work in both government and the private sector, and 10 years of experience as an elected official.
In November of 1992, Eva Clayton won an unprecedented victory in both the General and Special Election as a Democrat in North Carolina's First Congressional District. She gained immediate seniority by filling the unexpired term of the late Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr., and became the first woman ever to win election to Congress from North Carolina, in the general election.
As a member of the 103rd Congress, she became an immediate force on Capitol Hill. In addition to her appointments to the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Small Business, she was elected President of the Democratic Freshman Class-becoming the first woman ever to hold such an office. The 103rd Congress has the largest class of new members to arrive on Capitol Hill since 1948. Clayton was also appointed to the House Speaher's Committee on Policy Development.
In 1981, Eva Clayton founded her own management and consulting firm, Technical Resources International, Ltd. (TRI), specializing in economic development.
Before forming TRI, she was Assistant Secretary for Community Development with the NC Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, overseeing program management for welfare reform, rural housing policy development, and Community Assistance. Clayton also served as Executive Director of the Soul City Foundation, a federal New Town project,and as Director of the North Carolina Health Manpower Development Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For 10 years, she served as a member of the Warren County Board of Commissioners, leading the board as Chairperson from 1982-1990. In 1990, she was named Outstanding North Carolina County Commissioner by fellow North Carolina Commissioners.
She has been an active advocate for rural health care, housing assistance, and job training, and has served on numerous local, state, and national boards to foster programs addressing these issues.
An active member of the Presbyterian church, Eva Clayton traveled in 1991 to Berne, Switzerland to participate in an ecumenical consultation on the environment. On a local level, she fought to prevent rural areas, already suffering from economic deprivation, from becoming dumping grounds for our nation's hazardous waste.
Eva Clayton holds a B.S. degree from Johnson C. Smith University and a M.S. degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham. She attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University in Durham.
Her life is rounded out by her family-her husband who is an attorney in Warrenton, four adult children who are pursuing their careers, and two grandsons.
HON. SANFORD D. BISHOP, JR. Democrat (2nd District - GA) 1632 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3631 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Department Operations and Nutrition COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE Subcommittee on Postal Operations and Service COMMITTEE ON VETERAN'S AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Hospitals and Health Care Subcommittee on Housing and Memorial Affairs CBC Seniority Ranking 24 Staff Contact: Cathy Parker DISTRICT OFFICES: 225 Pine Avenue 17 Tenth Street City Hall 1113 Southern Trust Bld. Albany, GA 31701 Columbus, GA 31901 Dawson, GA 31742 Macon, GA 31201 255 Federal Courthouse Valdosta, GA 31601 (912) 439-8067 District Contact: Mr. Hobby Stripling
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., a champion of providing a higher, better quality of life to all citizens, was elected to represent Georgia's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1992.
Congressman Bishop currently serves on the Committee on Agriculture, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service.
He serves on the Agriculture Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Natural Resources, the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and the Subcommittee on Department Operations and Nutrition, the Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Hospitals and Health Care and the Subcommittee on Housing and Memorial Services. Bishop also serves on the Post Office and Civil Service Subcommittee on Postal Operations and Services.
Bishop is a graduate of Morehouse College and Emory University School of Law. An attorney, he is a former partner in the Columbus, Georgia law firm of Bishop & Buchner, P.C.
Bishop served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977 to 1990, and the state Senate from 1990 to 1992. As a member of the state House, Bishop was vice chairman of the Regulated Beverages Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee. He also ranked in the top ten of the 180 members of the Georgia House of Representatives by the Southern Center for Studies in Public Policy based on his voting record on issues affecting consumers and other groups.
As a senator, Bishop was appointed to the first standing Committee on Ethics in the history of the Georgia General Assembly. The committee produced one of the strongest ethics bills of any state in the country.
Bishop was born in Mobile, Alabama on February 4, 1947. He is the son of the late Sanford D. Bishop, Sr., the first president of Bishop State Community College, and Mrs. Minnie S. Bishop.
HON. CORRINE BROWN Democrat (3rd District - FL) 1037 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-0123 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION Subcommittee on Economic Development Subcommittee on Aviation Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Hospitals and Health Care COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATION$ Subcommittee on Legislation and National Security CBC Seniority Ranking 25 Staff Contact: Elias Ronnie Simmons, M; Jonathan Ashins, Press Appointments Secretary: Darla Smallwood DISTRICT OFFICE: 815 South Main Street IBM BuildingQSuite 275 Jachsonville, FL 32207 (904) 398-8567 District Contact: Shelanda Shaw
Corrine Brown is one of the first African American Members of Congress elected from Florida since Reconstruction. She was elected to serve as the Representative from the 3rd Congressional District of Florida in November 1992.
Congresswoman Brown serves on three House Committees, Public Works and Transportation, Veterans Affairs and Government Operations. She also serves on the Public Works and Transportation Subcommittees on Economic Development, Aviation, Water Resources and Environment. She serves on the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Hospitals and Health Care. As a member of Government Operations, she serves on the Legislation and National Security Subcommittee.
A native of Jachsonville, Florida, Brown received a B.S. and Master's from Florida Agricultural & Merchanical University, an Education Specialist Degree from the Universib of Florida and an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Edward Waters College.
In 1982, she was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and was re-elected four times serving ten years. While in the Florida Legislature, she was a leading proponent of Florida's growing elderly population and was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Florida Association on Housing for the Aging. She also received the "Legislator of the Year" Award from the Jachsonville Association of Firefighters.
HON. JAMES E. CLYBURN Democrat (6th District - SC) 319 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3315 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION Subcommittee on Economic Development Subcommittee on Surface Transportation Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Education, Training, and Employment Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations CBC Seniority Ranking 26 Staff Contact: Appointments Secretary: Lisa Toporek DISTRICT OFFICE: 1703 Gervais Street Columbia, S.C. 29201 (803) 799-1100 District Contact: Robert Nance
Jim Clyburn, a native of Sumter, South Carolina, spent his early adult years in Charleston and has been living in Columbia since 1972. He was elected to the 103rd Congress of the United States on November 3, 1992. Jim is also President-elect of the Freshman Class and will assume that position in January of 1994. He serves on the Public Works and Transportation Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee. Congressman Clyburn is the Whip for Zone 13 which encompasses South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.
After graduating from South Carolina State University, Jim served as a teacher in the Charleston County Public Schools, an Employment Counselor with the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, Director of the Charleston County Neighborhood Youth Crops and New Careers Projects, and Executive Director of the South Carolina Commission for Farm Workers.
In January 1971 Jim was appointed to the staff of Governor John C. West and served until October, 1974 when Govenror West appointed him Commissioner of the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission. He served as Human Affairs Commissioner until June 1, 1992 when he retired from State Government to run for the Congress.
During his tenure as Human Affairs Commissioner he served as president of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (1985-1987), and president of the National Association of Human Rights Workers (1980-1981).
Jim currently serves on the Governing Boards of Wofford College in Spartanburg, United Way of the Midlands, the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, the Center for Cancer Treatment and Research, and the South Carolina Literacy Association. He is a member of the Southern Regional Council in Atlanta, Georgia, a Life Member of the NAACP, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and is a Mason and Shriner.
Numerous groups have given Jim special recognition. He has been named Public Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, and is a recipient of the National Governors Association's Annual Award for Distinguished Service to State Government. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Winthrop College and the College of Charleston.
He is married to the former Emily England of Moncks Corner, South Carolina. They have three daughters: Mignon, Associate Publisher of their family-owned weekly newspaper, the COASTAL TIMES in Charleston; Jennifer, a public school teacher in Columbia; and Angela, a student at Winthrop College.
HON. CLEO FIELDS Democrat (4th District - LA) 513 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-8490 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON BANKING, FINANCE, AND URBAN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Consumer Credit and Insurance Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development Subcommittee on International Development COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS Subcommittee on Small Business Administration Legislation and General Economy Subcommittee on Minority Enterprise, Finance and Urban Development CBC Seniority Ranking 27 Staff contact: Loren Cunningham DISTRICT OFFICE: 700 N. 10th Str., Ste. 210 301 N. Main Street, 2nd Fl. 211 N. 3rd St. Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Opelousas, LA 70570 Monroe, LA 71201 610 Texas Street, S. 201 Shreveport, LA 71101 (504) 343-9773 District Contact: Mr. Johnny Anderson
Cleo Fields, Louisiana Democrat was elected to serve his first term in the United States Congress in 1992. He was sworn into office on January 5, 1993 at the age of 30, making him the youngest member of the 103rd Congress.
As a member of the House Committee on Banhing, Finance and Urban Affairs, Fields serves on the Subcommittees on Consumer Credit and Insurance, Housing and Community Development and International Development, Finance, Trade and Monetary Policy.
In addition, Fields serves on the House Committee on Small Business where he serves on the Subcommittees on Minority Enterprise, Finance & Urban Development and SBA Legislation and the General Economy.
Fields is also a member of the Democratic Caucus Committee on Organization, Study and Review for the 103rd Congress.
Cleo Fields was born November 22, 1962 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a 1980 graduate of McKinley High School in Baton Rouge.
In 1984, Fields earned his B.A. degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge. During his senior year, he was elected Student Government Association President. In the same year, he was elected by the Louisiana Council of Student Body Presidents to serve on the Louisiana Board of Regents. He also made the Dean's List and was chosen a member of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
Directly following his undergraduate studies, Fields entered Southern University School of Law. During law school, he served as a law clerk for both the East Baton Rouge Parish City Prosecutor's office and the Parish Attorney's Office.
In 1987, the same year he graduated from law school, Fields was elected to the Louisiana State Senate. At the age of 24, he was the youngest state senator in Louisiana history and the youngest state senator in the nation at that time.
As a state senator, Fields authored and passed legislation that established Drug Free Zones near school campuses, as well as legislation creating an Inner City Economic Development Program.
In 1992, following reapportionment, the Fourth Congressional District of Louisiana was created. Facing a field of eight candidates vying for the seat, Cleo Fields held the lead following the primary election and emerged as the winner after capturing 74% of the vote against one opponent in the general election.
Louisiana's Fourth Congressional District is one of the largest Congressional Districts in the country, covering parts of 28 parishes (counties), including the cities of Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
Fields is a member of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. He is married to the former Debra Horton of Baton Rouge.
HON. EARL F. HILLIARD Democrat (7th District - AL) 1007 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2665 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE Subcommittee on Livestoch Subcommittee on Environment, Credit and Rural Development COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS Subcommittee on Procurement, Taxation and Tourism Subcommittee on Minority Enterprise, Finance and Urban Development Subcommittee on Rural Enterprises, Exports and the Environment CBC Seniority Ranking 29 Staff Contacts: Theta W. Ship, Chief of Staff Appointment Secretary: Rachel Farris DISTRICT OFFICE: Federal Building 1800 5th Avenue, North Suite 305 Birmingham, AL 35203 (205) 328-2841 District Contact: Elvira Willoughby
Earl F. Hilliard was elected the first Chairman of the Alabama Black Legislative Caucus in 1975 and was elected to the Alabama State Senate in 1980 and was re-elected to the Alabama State Senate in 1982, 1983, 1986, and 1990. He was Chairman of Senate Commerce, Transportation and Utility Committee from 1990 to 1992. Hilliard was Chairman of the Jefferson County Senate Delegation in 1986 and re- appointed in 1990. He was Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1982 to 1986. Sponsored The Fluoride Bill and the Tax Abatement Bill. He was the Senate sponsor of the Horse Track Bill which created hundreds of jobs for residents of Birmingham, Alabama. Sponsored legislation that allowed Alabama State, Alabama A&M and Tuskegee Universities more money, percentage wise than ever before. He created a scholarship program for low-income youths to attend Lawson State Community College, Tushegee University, and Miles College. (Over 400 students have been enrolled in the program.) Included in the Education Budget over $250,000 extra for the Birmingham Board of Education for the last eight (8) years. Directed $118,000 to be used for the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham. He donated Funds to North Pratt Library, Carver High School, Jachson-Olin High School and North Pratt Historical Society and increased financial aid to the University of Alabama of Birmingham and Talladege Colleges. Sponsored legislation in the form of a resolution renaming Highway 150 in Bessemer in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Congressman Hilliard was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992. He serves the 7th Congressional District of Alabama and is presently serving on the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Agriculture. In addition he serves on the Congressional Rural Caucus, the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, Forestry 2000 Task Force and the Congressional Arts Caucus.
He is a graduate of Morehouse College. After completing Howard Univesity Law School in 1967, he taught at Miles College. In 1969 he served as Administrative Assistant to the President at Alabama State University and from 1970 to 1972 he served as a lawyer at the Legal Aid Society of Jefferson County. Hilliard began private practice in 1972. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. The father of two children, Alesia and Earl Jr., he is married to the former Mary Franklin of Atlanta, GA, a teacher and administrator by profession.
HON. CYNTHIA A. McKiNNEY Democrat (llth District - GA) 124 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-1605 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE Subcommittee on Department Operations and Nutrition Subcommittee on Environment, Credit and Rural Development Subcommittee on Foreign Agriculture and Hunger COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs CBC Seniority Ranking 31 Staff Contact: Andrea Young, Chief of Staff Appointments: Gary Cox DISTRICT OFFICE: 1 South DeKalb Center 2853 Candler Road Decatur, Georgia 30034 (404) 244-9902 District Contact: Pat Scott
Cynthia Ann McKinney, United States Representative from the 11th District of Georgia, became Georgia's first African-American Congresswoman after being elected in November 1992 with 75% of the vote. She is currently the only woman serving in Georgia's Congressional delegation.
The 11th District, one of Georgia's largest districts, sprawls across 22 Georgia counties. Spanning from the eastern suburbs of Atlanta in south DeKalb County, further east to Augusta and the South Carolina border, across the rural heartland, and down to coastal Savannah, the 11th District was created as a result of population growth and the Voting Rights Act.
Born on March 17, 1955, Cynthia now lives in south DeKalb County. In 1978, she completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Currently, Cynthia is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
From 1988 to 1992, Cynthia served in the Georgia House of Representatives where she worhed on civil rights issues, including economic opportunities for minority and women owned businesses and environmental justice. Cynthia gained prominence fighting for fair reapportionment in Georgia.
In 1984, Cynthia worhed as a Diplomatic Fellow at Spelman College in Atlanta. She also taught political science at Clark Atlanta University and most recently at Agnes Scott College, a woman's college in DeKalb County. Cynthia served on the board of the HIV Health Services Planning Council of Metro Atlanta, and she is a member of the National Council of Negro Women, the NAACP, and the Sierra Club.
Legislative issues Cynthia has outlined for this term include the full funding of Head Start, universal immunization for children, Mickey Leland Hunger Act, the "Striker Replacement" bill, rural development initiatives, and environmental justice.
As a member of the Agriculture Committee, Cynthia is the ranhing member from Georgia. She serves on three Agriculture subcommittees: Department Operations and Nutrition; Environment, Credit, and Rural Development; and Foreign Agriculture and Hunger subcommttees. Cynthia also acts on the Foreign Affairs Committee, taking on the Western Hemisphere Affairs and the International Economic Policy, Trade, and Environment Subcommittees. In addition to her committee work, Cynthia is an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Women's Caucus, and the Progressive Caucus, as well as the secretary for the record breaking freshman class of the 103rd Congress. This past April, Cynthia was chosen to be on the Women's Caucus to head the Task Force on Children, Youth and Families, the first freshman to do so.
Cynthia is the daughter of Georgia State Representative Billy McKinney and Leola McKinney, a former nurse at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. She is the proud mother of a seven year old son, Coy Grandison, Jr.
HON. CARRIE MEEK Democrat (17th District - Fl) 404 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4506 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Subcommittee on Military Construction CBC Seniority Ranking 32 Staff Contact: Peggy Demon, M Appointments Secretary: Miamah Braddox DISTRICT OFFICE: 25 West Flagler Street Suite 1015 Miami, FL 33130 (305) 381-9541 District Contact: Mr. Guy Forchion
January 5, marked a new beginning for Carrie P. Meek as she began serving her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Florida's 17th Congressional District.
While serving a dozen years in the Florida Legislature, Congresswoman Meek earned a reputation as one of Florida's most successful and skillful politicians championing causes to improve the conditions of the poor and the downtrodden, by improving access to governmental services, education, and affordable housing.
In 1983 Congresswoman Meek led a successful effort to create a documentary surtax on commercial real estate transfers in Dade County, resulting in the construction of more than 1,097 new affordable homes and 514 affordable rental units at a cost of approximately $42.7 million.
During her final term in the Florida Senate, Congresswoman Meek served as chair of the education subcommittee of the appropriations committee, and was responsible for allocating the state's $9.783 billion education budget. She also influenced state educational policy, from kindergarten through graduate school. Perhaps, it was this experience that earned Congresswoman Meek a spot on the coveted Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. An unusual feat for a freshman member.
Congresswoman Meek has also advanced legislation to eliminate the vestiges of discrimination and to level the playing field between men and women, Blacks and Whites.
For her efforts, Congresswoman Meek was recognized as the 5th most effective member of the 40-member Florida Senate in 1992, by a panel of independent legislative observers and The Miami Herald. In 1990 a panel of Florida newspaper writers named her the best in Senate debate.
Born in 1926 in Tallahassee, Florida, Congresswoman Meek earned a B.A. in Biology and Physical Education from Florida A&M University (1946), and a Master's degree in Public Health and Physical Education from the University of Michigan (1948). Prior to her election to Congress, Congresswoman Meek served as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Miami-Dade Community College, in Miami, Florida.
HON. MEL REYNOLDS Democrat (2nd District - IL) 514 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-0773 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS Subcommittee on Social Security Subcommittee on Human Resources CBC Seniority Ranking 33 Staff Contact: Charles Kelly, M Appointments secretary: Kim Williams DISTRICT OFFICES: 525 E. 103rd Street 17926 S. Halsted Chicago, IL 60628 Suite 1, West (312) 568-7900 Homewood, IL 60430 (708) 957-9955 District Contact: Damon Rockett
Congressman Mel Reynolds was born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, at the time the poorest town in the poorest county in America. He is the son of a Baptist Minister. His father died shortly after the family moved to the Westside of Chicago. The family then had to live in public housing and large tenements and was assisted by welfare supplements.
Congressman Reynolds received his grammar school and high school education in Chicago. Congressman Reynolds received his undergraduate degrees from the Chicago City Colleges and the University of Illinois at Champaign before being selected as a Rhodes Scholar. Congressman Reynolds received his Law degree from the Honor School of Jurisprudence at the Oxford University (Congressman Reynolds is not an attorney), and is completing a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Congressman Reynolds has had extensive political campaign experience. Among the candidates and campaigns he has worked for have been: Jesse Jackson for President "84", Duhakis-Bentsen for President "88", Harold Washington for Mayor "87", Joe Kennedy for Congress "86", campaign for Senator Edward M. Kennedy "80", and President Bill Clinton.
Congressman Reynolds recently served as an Assistant Professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Executive Director of the Community Economic Development and Education Foundation and as a talk show host on WLS radio. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the NAACP and worked with community based organizations and churches on the 2nd Congressional District's problems. He has led marches against toxic waste and landfills, created the first drug paraphernalia free zone in Chicago, created telephone hot lines to combat drugs and gangs and served as a volunteer for the Black on Black Love campaign.
Congressman Reynolds has also served as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois. Congressman Reynolds was a Marketing Representative at International Business Machines. He is the founder and former President of American Scholars Against World Hunger, traveling extensively throughout the world including the Sudan where he worked with Ethiopian refugees.
HON. BOBBY RUSH Democrat (lst District - IL) 1725 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4372 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON BANKING, FINANCE AND URBAN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Housing and Community Devlelopment Subcommittee on Consumer Credit and Insurance COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS Subcommittee on Employment, Housing, and A~liation Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer and Monetary Affairs CBC Senioriy Ranking 34 Staff Contact: Maurice Daniels, AA Appointments Secretary: N. Lenette Myers DISTRICT OFFICE: 655 E. 79th Street Chicago, IL 60619 (312) 224-6500 District Contact: Tom Gray
Congressman Bobby Rush was first elected to serve as a member of the United States House of Representatives on November 3, 1992, representing Illinois' Ist Congressional District in the 103rd Congress.
Shortly after he was sworn in on January 5, 1993, Congressman Rush received the highest number of votes from his unprecedented number of newly elected freshmen peers (65) to serve as one of three Whips in the 103rd Congress' freshman class. He serves as a member of the House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs and its subcommittee on Consumer Credit and Insurance. He is also a member of the House Committee on Government Operations which is currently working with Vice President Al Gore on an unprecedented effort to "reinvent" government by weeding out unnecessary waste. He influences the national debate on a variety of issues by serving as a member of several, national Democratic policy groups including the invitation-only Speaher's Worhing Group on Policy Development, convened by Speaker of the House Thomas S. Foley (WA). In February, 1993, Rush was elected by his peers to serve as a midwest regional representative to the Executive Committee of the Democratic Study Group, a preeminent source of research and information on legislation coming before the House of Representatives as well as a leader in the movement for congressional reform.
Prior to his election to Congress, Bobby Rush was an Alderman in the Chicago City Council representing the 2nd Ward on Chicago's South Side. He was first elected to the City Council in 1983, was re-elected in 1987, and again in 1991. Under the administration of the late Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago's first African American Mayor, Rush chaired the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection; orchestrated the passage of the most comprehensive toxic waste legislation in the city's history; sponsored legislation requiring disclosure of individual heating costs to tenants before tahing occupancy; and attracted major public attention to cancer-causing asbestos in Chicago Housing Authority developments.
Born November 23, 1946, in Georgia, Congressman Rush's family moved to Chicago and lived on the near west sides. Rush attended Marshall High School. At the age of 17, Rush enlisted in the United States Army. in the military from 1963 until 1968, receiving an honorable discharge.
Following his military service, Rush attended Roosevelt University where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor's degree in political science. Rush has completed core courses and a thesis for a Master's degree in political science from the Univeristy of Illinois of Chicago.
Leading the charge in neighborhood development, while an Alderman, Rush was successful in supporting the expansion of the Lake Meadows Shopping Center; generating funding for the renovation of the historic Chicago Bee Building into a full-service, neighborhood branch library; attracting funding for the development of the historic 8th infantry Armory into a Chicago Park District recreation center; providing for boulevard restoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive; and the revitalization of the 35th Street business district.
In 1987, the Chicago Tribune recognized Rush as one of the 10 Chicagoans to watch. He was featured in the award-winning television documentary "Eyes on the Prize" in 1990; a documentary on the Black Panther Party on San Francisco's KQED-TV; and featured in articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Reader.
Congressman Rush is the recipient of the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs' Illinois Enterprise Zone Award for his participation in creating 20,000 jobs in Enterprise Zone 11; Operation PUSH's Outstanding Young Man award; the Henry Booth House Outstanding Community Service Award; the South End Jaycee's Outstanding Business and Professional Achievement Award; and the Chicago Black United Communities' Distinguished Political Leadership Award.
As an active participant in the unprecedented movement throughout the United States in the 1960s to secure basic civil and human rights for African Americans, women and others, Bobby Rush was a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was a founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party. Rush also coordinated the Panther Party's Free Breakfast for Children program and its Free Medical Clinic, which developed the nation's first, mass sickle cell anemia testing program. This visionary Panther initiative forced America's health care and medical providers to recognize the impact of sickle cell anemia on the Black community and to develop national research into its causes, effects and possible solutions, a practice which endures to this day.
Congressman Rush and his wife Carolyn have been married 12 years and have five children.
HON. ROBERT C. "BOBBY" SCOTT Democrat (3rd District - VA) 501 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-8351 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR Subcommittee on Post-Secondary and Training Subcommittee on Select Education and Civil Rights Subcommittee on Human Resources COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY Subcommittee on the Economy and Commercial Law COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY Subcommittee on Energy CCC Seniority Ranhing 35 Staff Contact: Joni L. Ivey, Special Assistant Director of Communications: Larry Dillard DISTRICT OFFICE: 2700 Washington Avenue 501 N. 2nd Street Newport News, VA 23607 Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 380-1000 (804) 644-4845 District Contact: Gisele Russell District Contact: Dietra Trent
Representative Robert C. "Bobby" Scott represents the 3rd Congressional District of Virginia. It includes portions of 18 cities and counties and covers an area from Hampton Roads to Richmond and includes some localities on the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck.
Born on April 30, 1947, he is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School. He received an Honorable Discharge for his service in the Massachusetts National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves. Rep. Scott practiced law in the City of Newport News from 1973 through 1991. He is a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Newport News.
Representative Scott was first elected to Congress on November 3, 1992. He has assignments on three House Committees. He is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law. He is also a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee and has been named vice chairman of the Energy Subcommittee. He also serves on the Education and Labor Committee; he serves on the Post-Secondary Education and Training; Human Resources; and Select Education and Civil Rights Subcommittees.
Rep. Scott previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1978 to 1983 and the Virginia State Senate from 1983-93. During his tenure in the Virginia Legislature, Rep. Scott focused his efforts on six critical areas: health care, education, employment, crime prevention, social services and consumer protection. Rep. Scott introduced the legislation which created the Governor's Employment and Training Division. He championed many measures which have improved health care for infants and children. His bills increased Virginia's minimum wage law and established the Neighborhood Assistance Act which provides tax credits to businesses that make donations to approved social service and crime prevention programs. Rep. Scott introduced numerous bills that enhanced the quality of life for all Virginians.
Rep. Scott has received dozens of awards and accolades from several local, state, and regional organizations for his service to his constituents and his community.
In 1983, Congressman Scott was named Virginian of the Year by the Virginia Young Democrats. In 1985, he was awarded the prestigious Brotherhood Citation from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In 1986, Rep. Scott received the first Public Health Recognition Award ever presented by the Virginia Public Health Association.
In 1987, he was awarded the Child Advocate Award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia State Fraternal Order of Police.
In 1988, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in Governmental Science from Commonwealth College and in 1989, hereceived the Outstanding Legislator Award from the Southern Health Association. In 1990, Scott was named "Outstanding Business Leader" by the Peninsula Sales and Marheting Executives and was honored by the Virginia Council on Coordinating Prevention with an award for Excellence in Prevention.
Rep. Scott has served as the honorary chairman of the Annual March of Dimes "WalkAmerica" march against birth defects on the Virginia Peninsula, and for two years he served as a member of the Southern Regional Task Force on Infant Mortality.
Active in the community affairs, Representative Scott has been involved with the Chamber of Commerce, Peninsula Legal Aid Center, NAACP, the Boys Scouts and Peninsula Sichle Cell Anemia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities.
Scott also served as chairman of the First District Democratic Committee from 1980-1985. In 1986, he was the Democratic nominee for Congress in the First Congressional District; he was defeated, however, by the incumbent in a close race.
Congressman Scott is divorced and resides in Newport News.
HON. WALTER R. TUCKER 111 Democrat (37th District - CA) 419 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-7924 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION Subcommittee on Surface Transportation Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS CBC Seniority Ranking 36 Staff Contact: Marcus Mason, Chief of Staff Appointments secretdry: Wanda Williams DISTRICT OFFICE: 145 E. Compton Blvd. Compton, CA 90220 (310) 884-9989 District Contact: Ms. Audrey Gibson, District Admin.
Congressman Walter R. Tucker 111 represents California's 37th District. The area, primarily Hispanic and African American, stretches 36 miles from southeastern Los Angeles to the Wilmington Harbor with the city of Compton as the epicenter.
The freshman congressman and former mayor is one of the youngest members of the House of Representatives and the youngest African- American representative from California.
Tucker, 35, captured the congressional seat after winning a heated primary battle against Lynn Dymally, daughter of retiring Rep. Mervyn Dymally. He received 39.5 percent of the vote in the primary and won the general election against an independent candidate with 86 percent of the vote.
Tucker was the youngest African American in history to serve as mayor of Compton. His predecessor and political mentor was his father, Walter R. Tucker II, who was serving his third term as mayor of Compton when he died in 1990.
Compton was a major area devastated by the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King verdict in April 1992, and Tucker, as mayor, was a significant force in helping to control the unrest.
During his 1 and a half-year tenure as mayor, Tucker's accomplishments included his development of a new General Plan for the city and Compton's first youth center. He also established a regional job skills training center. Tucker, who also is an ordained minister, has volunteered hundreds of hours to helping youth and seniors.
Tucker attended Princeton University for two years before he graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1978. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1981 from Georgetown Law Center, then returned to California. Tucker served as Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County from 1984 to 1986. In 1986, he opened a private law office in Compton, where he specialized in criminal law until he was elected to Congress.
Congressman Tucker has been assigned to the Public Works and Transportation and Small Business committees. He will use his assignments to help economically revitalize his district by bringing businesses and jobs into inner cities. Other priority matters on his agenda include improving education and health care.
Tucker and his lovely wife, Robin, are the parents of two children, Walter IV and Autumn.
HON. MELVIN L. WATT Democrat (12th District - NC) 1232 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-1510 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON BANKING, FINANCE AN URBAN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development Subcommittee on Consumer Credit and Insurance Subcommittee on International Development, Trade and Monetary Policy COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law Subcommittee on Administrative Law and Governmenta COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE Subcommittee on Postal Operations STEERING AND POLICY COMMITTEE CBC Seniority Ranhing 37 Staff Contact: Joan Kennedy, AA Appointments Secretary: Julia Kennedy-White DISTRICT OFFICE: 214 N. Church Street Suite 130 - Cadillac Building Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 344-9950 District Contact: Don Baher
Melvln Watt (Mel) is an attorney and businessman. He has practiced law with Ferguson, Stein, Watt, Wallas, Adkins & Gresham (formerly Chambers, Stein, Ferguson & Becton) since 1971. He is also part owner of East Towne Manor, a 120-bed board and care facility for the elderly and disabled, which he helped develop in 1989.
Mel has been politically active. He served from 1985-86 in the North Carolina Senate where, because of his advocacy, legal background and knowledge of issues, he was regarded as the outstanding freshman legislator and became known as "the conscience of the Senate." He was the campaign manager of Harvey Gantt's campaigns for City Council, Mayor of Charlotte and the 1990 Gantt for U.S. Senate campaign against Jesse Helms.
Mel was born in Mecklenburg County on August 26, 1945. He is a graduate of Yorh Road High School in Charlotte. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1967 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He was also president of the business honors fraternity as a result of having the highest academic average in the school of business. In 1970 he received a J.D. degree from Yale University Law School. He was selected to the Yale Law Journal and was the author of "Tax Exemption for Organizations Investing in Black Business," 78 Yale L.J. 1212 (1969).
Mel and his wife, the former Eulada Paysour, have been married 25 years. They have two sons - Brian, a 1990 graduate of Yale University, and Jason, a second year student at Yale. In 1986 he decided not to seek a second term in the North Carolina Senate and announced that he would not seek elective office again until his children completed high school. Having honored that commitment, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's 12th District on November 3, 1992 with 72% of the vote.
Mel is a member of the Mt. Olive Presbyterian Church. He served as president of the Mechlenburg County Bar and has been active on many professional, community and civic boards and organi7ations, including Johnson C. Smith University Board of Visitors, Central Piedmont Community College Foundation, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Legal Aid of the Southern Piedmont, NCNB Community Development Corporation, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Sports Action Council, Auditorium-Coliseum-Civic Center Authority, United Way, Mint Museum, Inroads, Inc., Family Housing Services, Public Education Forum, Dilworth Community Development Association, Cities in Schools, West Charlotte Business Incubator, Housing Authority Scholarship Board and Morehead Scholarship Selection Committee.
In his leisure time Mel enjoys tennis, basketball, reading and spending time with his family.
HON. ALBERT RUSSELL WYNN Democrat (4th District - MD) 423 Cannon H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-8699 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON BANKING, FINANCE & URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Subcommittee on Housing & Community Development Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Insurance COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Subcommittee on International Economic Policy, Trade and Environment COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE & CIVIL SERVICE Subcommittee on Census, Statistics, and Postal Personnel CBC Seniority Ranhing 38 Staff Contact: Luis Navarro, AA Appointments Secretary: Marva Lewis DISTRICT OFFICE: 8700 Central Avenue Suite 307 Landover, MD 20785 (301) 350-5055 District Contact: Bill Boston
Congressman Albert R. Wynn, 41, represents the 4th district of Maryland, which includes parts of Prince George's and Montgomery Counties in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. He serves on the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Post Office and Civil Service Committee.
Wynn attended Prince George's County public schools. He received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973, studied Public Administration at Howard University's graduate school, and in 1977 received his law degree from Georgetown University. Following graduation, Wynn served as Executive Director of the Prince George's County Consumer Protection Commission and chaired the Metropolitan Washington Council of Consumer Agencies. In 1981, Wynn started his own law practice, Albert R. Wynn and Associates, in Landover, Maryland.
Wynn began his political career in 1982 when he successfully ran for the Maryland House of Delegates. There he served on the Ways and Means Committee and on the Governor's Task Force on Violence and Extremism. After one term in the House, he was elected to the Maryland State Senate, where he served on the Judicial Proceedings Committee and the Governor's Task Force on Drunk and Drugged Driving. Re-elected in 1990, the Senate Democratic leadership appointed Wynn Deputy Majority Whip of the Senate. Wynn also served on the powerful Budget and Taxation Committee.
In the spring of 1992, Wynn beat 12 other Democratic opponents to win the Maryland primary election for the newly-created 4th district. He went on to win the general election in November with an overwhelming 76-percent of the vote. Wynn joins 39 other African-American members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He cites the economy, aid for small and minority businesses, public education and health care as his top priorities in Congress.
As the first Congressman to represent an African-American suburban district, Wynn will bring a unique perspective to Congress and to the Congressional Black Caucus. He plans to be active on issues targeted by the freshmen class of Congress, including full funding for Head Start and universal childhood immunizations.
Wynn lives in Largo, Maryland, and is a member of the Maple Springs Baptist Church. He is also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
HON. BENNIE THOMPSON Democrat (2nd District - MS) 1408 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5876 Committee Assignments: COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities Subcommittee on Environment, Credit and Rural Development COMMITTEE ON MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES Subcommittee on Merchant Marine Subcommittee on Environment and Natural Resources COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS CBC Seniority Ranking 39 Staff Contact: David Claxton, AA, Marsha McCraven, EA Apointments: Sandra Peaches DISTRICT OFFICE: 107 West Madison Bolton, MS 39041 (601) 866-9003 District Contact Charlie Horhn
Bennie Thompson, a native of Bolton, Mississippi began his political career over 24 years ago when he won his first elected office-Alderman for his hometown, Bolton. After four years as Alderman, he served six years as Mayor of Bolton, and then was elected Supervisor of District Two of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. He served as County Supervisor for 13 years. Congressman Thompson's running for Congress was a logical step in the progression of his political career-a career which has been totally dedicated to the improvement of the lives of his fellow Mississippians.
Bennie Thompson was educated in the public schools of Hinds County, Mississippi. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tougaloo College, a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from Jachson State University and completed extensive coursework at the University of Southern Mississippi towards a doctorate degree. For a brief time in his professional career, he taught in the public school system of Mississippi, and also served as an adjunct professor at Jachson State University.
Being a product of Mississippi colleges he had first hand knowledge of the disparity between funding, equipment and suppies provided to the historically black colleges and those provided to white colleges. In reaction to that situation in 1975, Bennie Thompson became one of the original Plaintiffs in the Ayers Case, which was dediced in favor of the Plaintiffs by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992.
Congressman's Thompson's record includes many personal accomplishments, a few of which are:
* Securing the first rural doctor, fire engine and trained volunteer fire squad for the town of Bolton.
* Being a Plaintiff/Material Witness in numerous election redistricting cases-a constant warrior in the struggle for fair election districts and rules in state, county and city elections.
* Taking position of Front-line Supporter of worhers' rights, on the picket line and in the Courts.
* Receiving a Presidential appointment to serve on the National Council of Health Planning and Development.
* Securing federal funding to set up and operate the public transportation system to serve rural Hinds County, Mississippi.
* Establishing and becoming a Founding Member and past President, Mississippi Association of Blach Mayors and the Mississippi Association of Black Supervisors.
In his continuing efforts to safeguard Mississippi's farm interest, seeks ways to improve business development, and protect Mississippi waterways; Congressman Thompson secured positions on the Committees on Agriculture, Small Business and Merchant Marine and Fisheries. His subcommittee assignments on Agriculture are: General Farm Commodities and Environment, and Credit and Rural Development; and his subcommittee assignments on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee are: Merchant Marine and Environment, and Natural Resources.
Congressman Thompson has been active in numerous civic, community, and professional organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Tougaloo College, the Board of Directors of the Southern Regional Council, and the Housing Assistance Council. In his participation in each of these Boards, as in his day-to-day activities, he has steadfastly held to the principals of parity, entitlement, and the assurance of protection of the rights of minorities.
* 1971 - CBC officially established.
* 1972 - Convened hearings on "Racism in the Media." Held National Policy Conference on "Education for Blach Americans."
* 1973 - Following Nixon's State of the Union Message, CBC delivered "True State of the Union Message" on the House floor.
* 1974 - Introduced the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act to reduce both unemployment and inflation which passed in 1977.
* 1975- Established the CBC National Action Alert Communications Support Network in congressional districts through-out the country.
* 1976- Created the CBC Foundation, a tax-exempt organization which conducts educational and social policy research.
* 1976- Instituted the Congressional Black Caucus Graduate Intern Program to increase the number of Blach professionals working for Congressional Committees.
* 1977- Authored and orchestrated the successful passage of an amendment to the Public Worhs Employment Act which provided for 10% of the $4 billion of federal funds authorized for programs to be spent with minority firms.
* 1977- National Black Leadership Roundtable established officially.
* 1978- CBC Members led 1,000 persons in a silent march across the Capitol to lobby support for the Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill.
* 1979- Mobilized public opposition to the Mottl Anti-Busing Amendment which declared busing to achieve racial balance in public schools to be unconstitutional.
* 1980- Introduced legislation to insure humane treatment for the plight of the Haitian refugees or the "Black Boat People "
* 1980- Published the Black Voter Guidelines for 1980 Elections.
* 1980- Introduced the first CBC Constructive Alternative Budget.
* 1981- Orchestrated and supported passage of an amendment to extend the Voting Rights Act.
* 1982- Sponsored legislation and mobilized national constituency support for the successful passage of a bill to designate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. a national holiday.
* 1984- Authored provisions for a $10 million health care and training initiative establishing biomedical research centers at minority institutions.
* 1985- Forced the House and Senate to protect critical domestic programs from Gramm-Rudman cuts.
* 1986- Passed sweeping South Africa sanctions bill and four major federal minority set-asides - most notable $32 billion in the House Defense Authorization bill.
* 1987- Defeated Bork Supreme Court Nomination - CBC convenes unprecedented consultations with Japanese & Israeli Prime Ministers and nine African & Caribbean Heads of State.
* 1988- Conducted major Congressional foreign and domestic policy hearings, "BlacK America in Crisis - Issues '88" - Marked 125th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Congress Bicentennial with Black patrimony presentations to the Library of Congress and the nation's leading Black archival institutions.
* 1989- Co-founded the Parlimentary Black Caucus in the British Parliament, London, England and participated in the inaugural ceremonies.
* 1990- Created federal requirements within the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1990 requiring participation by minority institutions in the Savings & Loan Bailout through contracting with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC).
* 1991- Orchestrated passage of Civil Rights Act. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall swears in CBC for 102nd Congress. Led opposition to Clarence Thomas nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
* 1992- Nation elects largest number of African Americans in history. CBC Alternative Budget expands federal budget debate.
1993 CBC - LSO ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
Rep. Gary Acherman Rep. Richard Gephardt Rep. Norman Mineta D-New York 7th D-Missouri 3rd D-California 13th Rep. Howard L. Berman Rep. Steny Hoyer Rep. Constance Morella D-California 26th R-Maryland 8th D-Maryland 5th Sen. Joseph Biden, Jr. Rep. Marcy Kaptur Rep. Stephen Neal D-Delaware D-Ohio 9th D-North Carolina 5th Rep. George E. Brown Jr. Sen. Edward Kennedy Rep. Nancy Pelosi D-California 26th D-Massachusetts D-California 5th Rep. Ron de LugoRep. Joseph Kennedy IIRep. Owen Pichett D-Virgin Islands D-Massachusetts 8th D-Virginia 2nd Sen. Christopher Dodd Rep. Martin Lancaster Rep. Nick J. Rall II D-Connecticut D-North Carolina 3rd D-West Virginia 4th Rep. Don Edwards Rep. Sander M. Levin Rep. Charlie Rose D-California 10th D-Michigan 17th D-North Carolina 7th Rep. Vic Fazio Rep. Nita Lowey Rep. Patricia Schroeder D-California 4th D-New Yorh 20th D-Colorado 1st Rep. Thomas Foglietta Rep. David Mann Rep. Jose Serrano D-Pennsylvania 1st D-Ohio 1st D-New Yorh 18th Rep. Thomas Foley Rep. Robert T. Matsui Sen. Paul Simon D-Washington 5th D-California 3rd D-lllinois Rep. Barney Frank Rep. Jim McDermott Rep. Jolene Unsoeld D-Massachusetts 4th D-Washington 7th D-Washington 3rd Rep. Martin Frost Sen. Barbara Mikulski Rep. Ron Wyden D-Texas 24th D-Maryland D-Oregon 3rd A PUBLICATION OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, A LEGISLATIVE SERCVICE ORGANIZATION
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