Congressional Caucuses Elect Leadership for 115th Congress

Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues

The Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues elected its leadership for the 115th Congress. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Lois Frankel (D-FL) will serve as co-chairs; Reps. Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) will serve as the vice chairs.

Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) served as co-chairs during the 114th Congress; Reps. Brooks and Frankel served as the vice chairs.

Rep. Brooks currently is serving her second term representing the 5th District of Indiana. She serves on the Energy and Commerce, Ethics, and Select Benghazi Committees; in the 115th Congress, she will chair the Ethics Committee. Rep. Brooks has been an advocate of improving access to health care and education.

Rep. Frankel is serving her second term and represents the 22nd District of Florida. She serves on the Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. Veterans’ issues and women’s health have been among her top priorities while in Congress.

Rep. Walters is serving her first term representing the 45th District of California. She currently serves on the Judiciary and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees and will hold a Republican leadership position in the 115th Congress. Addressing violence against women and health care have been among her priorities while in Congress.

Rep. Lawrence is serving her first term representing the 14th District of Michigan. She serves as Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior, and as a member of the Small Business Committee. Rep. Lawrence has been a strong advocate on behalf of education and veterans.

Congressional Black Caucus

The Congressional Black Caucus elected Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA) as First Vice Chair and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) as Secretary for the 115th Congress. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-MI) will serve as Caucus Whip.

Rep. Bass is in her third term representing the 37th District of California. She currently serves as Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee, as well as on the Judiciary Committee. She has been a longtime advocate for foster care and adoption, and has worked to end trafficking.

Rep. Moore is serving her sixth term representing the 4th District of Wisconsin. A former co-chair of the Women’s Caucus, Rep. Moore serves as Ranking Member of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade. She also serves on the Budget Committee. Women’s health and domestic violence have been among her top priorities in Congress.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) was elected Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Rep. Lujan Grisham is in her second term representing the 1st District of New Mexico. She currently serves as Ranking Member of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, and is a member of the Budget and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. She has been a longtime advocate for health care and seniors.

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

The Asian Pacific American Caucus will hold its leadership elections in January. Currently, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) serves as Chair; Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) currently serves as Vice Chair.

Rep. Chu is serving in her fourth term representing the 27th District of California. Rep. Chu serves as Ranking Member of the Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access; she also serves on the Judiciary Committee. Civil rights and education are among her top priorities in Congress.

Del. Bordallo is serving her seventh term representing Guam. She is the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and serves on the Natural Resources Committee. Education and national security are among her key priorities in Congress.