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Judy Chu Re-Elected Chair of CAPAC

Judy Chu Re-Elected Chair of CAPAC

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) last week re-elected Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) as its Chair. Chu has served as Chair of CAPAC since 2011. Also elected to the Caucus’ leadership were Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), who will serve as First Vice Chair; Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA), the first openly gay member of color and current Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, was elected as Second Vice Chair; Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) will serve as Whip; and Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ), the first Korean American to represent the Garden State, was elected as the Freshman Representative. There are now 20 AAPI members in Congress -- the largest bloc ever in Congress’ history. “I am proud that we have so many members of CAPAC. They have large AAPI populations in their districts and also happen to be great leaders in Congress,” Chu said at a ceremonial swearing-in for the Caucus in DC last Wednesday. “We have our Associate Members. And with both of them together, we have over 60 Members in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.” The Caucus also announced its new Task Force leads, and it added five new Executive Committee members and two new Associate members. More here.

Stacey Abrams Appears to be Readying for Senate Run

Stacey Abrams Appears to be Readying for Senate Run

Black Caucus Wants Steve King’s Committee Assignments Stripped Over Racist Comments

Black Caucus Wants Steve King’s Committee Assignments Stripped Over Racist Comments