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Hon. John Conyers, Hon. Shirley Chisholm
Hon. John Conyers, Hon. Shirley Chisholm

About the CBC

The Birth of the CBC
In January of 1969, newly-elected African American representatives of the 77th Congress joined six incumbents to form the Democratic Select Committee. The committee was renamed the Congressional Black Caucus, and the CBC was born in 1971. Founding members were Representatives Shirley A. Chisholm, William L. Clay, Sr., George W. Collins, John Conyers, Jr., Ronald V. Dellums, Charles C. Diggs, Jr., Augustus F. Hawkins, Ralph H. Metcalfe, Parren J. Mitchell, Robert N.C. Nix, Sr., Charles B. Rangel, Louis Stokes, and D.C. Delegate Walter E. Fauntroy.  

The founders' goals were to positively influence the course of events pertinent to African Americans and others of similar experience and situation, and to achieve greater equity for persons of African descent in the design and content of domestic and international programs and services. While the CBC has been primarily focused on the concerns of African Americans, the Caucus has also been at the forefront of legislative campaigns for human and civil rights for all citizens.

View biographies of the CBC Founding Members

The CBC Today
Currently, there are 46 members of the Congressional Black Caucus. CBC members are advocates for the human family nationally and internationally and have played a significant role as local and regional activists, as well. African American members have worked diligently to be the conscience of the Congress, but because all politics are ultimately local, they also provide dedicated and focused service to the citizens and Congressional districts that have elected them.

The vision of the founding members of the CBC to "promote the public welfare through legislation designed to meet the needs of millions of neglected citizens" continues to be a beacon and focal point for the legislative work and political activities of the Congressional Black Caucus today.

CBC Website

Congressional Black Caucus Members by Seniority – 113th Congress (2013 - 2015)


House of Representatives

Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI)

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA)

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL)

Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC)

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL)

Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA)

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD)

Del. Donna M. Christensen (D-VI)

Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL)

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY)

Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Rep. David Scott (D-GA)

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO)

Rep. Al Green (D-TX)

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)

Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY)

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)

Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA)

Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)

Rep. André Carson (D-IN)

Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-MD)

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH)

Rep. Karen Bass  (D-CA)

Rep. Hansen Clark (D-MI)

Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL)

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA)

Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL)

Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. (D-NJ)

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV)

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX)

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL)

Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI)

Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)

Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI)

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman D-(NJ)



Rep. Cory Booker (D-NJ)


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