NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Rep. Cedric Richmond will serve the next two years as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Members elected the Louisiana Democrat to the position Wednesday by secret ballot.
"As we face the challenges before us from economic justice and upward mobility, to voting rights, policing, and criminal justice reform, we will approach each of them with vigilance. We will strive to harness the energy of our constituencies to enact policies that will have the greatest positive impact," Richmond said.
He publicly expressed interest in the chairmanship shortly after his party failed to make serious gains during the Nov. 8 elections.
Richmond will take over the chairmanship when the next Congress convenes in January.