Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell
Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell has been elected chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) by caucus members for the 2013-14 session.
Mitchell is former first vice president of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), a statewide Black women’s political organization.
“Mitchell’s experience, intellect, vision and dedication will continue to move our communities forward,” said Dezie Woods Jones, BWOPA state president.
The caucus, which addresses policy and budgetary issues affecting Black Californians, consists of the nine African-American members of the State Legislature, including two senators and seven members of the Assembly.
Mitchell served as caucus secretary in her first two-year term.
“I am honored to be chosen chair by my peers and excited about the opportunity to lead the Black Caucus,” said Mitchell, who was re-elected Nov. 6 to represent the diverse 54th Assembly District, which includes the Crenshaw District, parts of South Los Angeles and Ladera Heights.
“We will speak out on issues and pursue solutions to problems, which disproportionately impact African Americans, poverty, the education deficit, the need for jobs and barriers to opportunity.”
The Black Caucus also is a core member of the Quint Caucus – a coalition of the Asian-Pacific Islander, Latino, LGBT and Women’s legislative caucuses that articulates broad minority group concerns and promotes mutual cooperation.