Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond Weighing Bid for Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Post

, USA TODAY 4:47 p.m. CST November 18, 2016

cedric-richmondWASHINGTON — Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond is considering a bid to run for chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Richmond, the lone Democrat in Louisiana’s congressional delegation, has been a key player in the caucus pushing for criminal justice reform and hearings on recent police shootings of black men.

The New Orleans congressman will use the upcoming Thanksgiving break to discuss whether to run for the chairmanship with his family and others, said Brandon Gassaway, a spokesman for Richmond.

House Democratic elections, including CBC leaders, are Nov. 30.  Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., is currently chairman of the 45-member caucus, which is made up of mostly Democrats and is a key voting bloc in the House.

Richmond, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has made the push for criminal justice reform one of his priorities. He hosted a panel on the topic at the caucus foundation’s annual legislative conference in September.

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