CAPAC Chair Judy Chu Applauds Historic Diversity of the 116th Congress

Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 116th Congress sworn in yesterday includes a record number of women and people of color, making it the most diverse Congress in United States history. This includes 42 more women in both chambers of Congress, 20 Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), 55 African American Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), 39 Hispanic Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), as well as the first Native American women and Muslim American women ever elected to Congress. CAPAC Chairwoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

“Since its founding nearly 25 years ago, CAPAC has always strived to ensure that diverse voices are represented in the halls of Congress, and we are thrilled that the American people voted overwhelmingly to elect candidates who better reflect the diversity of our great nation. As a result of the midterm election, the 116th Congress is the most diverse in history and includes a record 20 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress. This includes historic firsts like Andy Kim from New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, the first Asian American to represent New Jersey in Congress and only the second Korean American in history ever elected to this body. It also includes TJ Cox from California’s 21st Congressional District, who is of mixed Filipino and Chinese descent and is the proud son of immigrants, as well as Michael San Nicolas, the youngest person ever elected to represent the U.S. Pacific Island territory of Guam in Congress. Due to this growth, CAPAC and the broader Tri-Caucus will have its highest membership in history and an important seat at the table both within House Leadership and at the helm of powerful congressional committees. This is such an exciting time in history, and I look forward to working with all of my colleagues to move our country forward and build a brighter future for all Americans.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.