Cleaver chosen to lead Congressional Black Caucus

Thursday, November 18, 2010 | 7:23 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City-area Congressman Emanuel Cleaver has been elected the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The Kansas City Star reported Thursday that Cleaver will lead 42 members who all won their re-election campaigns. Two incoming Republicans also are black, and one has indicated he might wish to join the caucus.

Cleaver says the Congressional Black Caucus and the White House will not always share the same policy agendas.

Cleaver was re-elected this month to a fourth term in Congress from a district that includes parts of Jackson and Cass counties. He is a former Kansas City mayor.

The black caucus was created about four decades ago and has focused on issues important to blacks and human and civil rights.

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