The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus has elected its 2021 executive board officers.

The new officers will begin their terms on Feb. 1. 

State Rep. Edward “Ted” James, II

State Rep. Edward “Ted” James, II, of Baton was elected chairman of the Caucus. 

State legislators from the New Orleans metro area to serve on Caucus’ 2021 leadership team include state Rep. Candace N. Newell of New Orleans, who was elected treasurer, and state Rep. Rodney Lyons, who represents communities on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish. He will serve has parliamentarian. 

The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus was established in 1977 with the mission to raise the quality of life for African Americans, the indigent and working people through legislation, education and economic development.

Other members of the Caucus’ new board include Baton Rouge’s state Rep. Barbara West Carpenter of Baton Rouge (vice chairwoman); state Rep. Patricia “Pat” Moore of Monroe (first vice chairwoman); state Sen. Katrina R. Jackson of Monroe (Senate whip); state Rep. Edmond Jordan of Baton Rouge (secretary); state Rep. Kenny Cox of Natchitoches (sergeant at arms); and state Sen. Regina A. Barrow of Baton Rouge (chaplain).

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