African American Leaders in U.S. Congress Announce Support for Joe Neguse

June 30th, 2017

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond, U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, and Congressman Bennie Thompson endorse Neguse’s bid for 2nd CD

Today, former CU Regent Joe Neguse announced he has earned endorsements from several highranking African-American leaders in the United States Congress, including the Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Congressman Cedric Richmond, the third-highest ranking Democratic member of Congress, U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, Congresswoman and former CBC Chair Marcia Fudge, and Congressman Bennie Thompson. Neguse is running to succeed Congressman Jared Polis in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

“Joe Neguse is exactly the type of bold progressive leader we need here in Congress – someone who will stand tall for his district, and stand up for priorities like better jobs, better health care, affordable education, and social justice,” said Richmond.

If elected, Neguse, 33, would become the first African-American ever elected to Congress from the State of Colorado, and would be one of the youngest members of Congress. Neguse, whose parents immigrated from Eritrea, is an attorney who previously served as a member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents, representing the 2nd Congressional District for six years from 2009 through 2015. He also co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization organization.

“I’m honored to have the support of Chair Richmond, Assistant Leader Clyburn, Congresswoman Fudge, and Congressman Thompson—leaders who have fought tirelessly for decades to advance civil rights and social justice. I’m humbled by their support, and if elected, would be proud to join them in their fight for change in Washington D.C.,” said Neguse.