Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

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Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
Founded 2008
Ideology LGBT rights
Social liberalism
Political position Center to Center-left
Seats in the House Democratic Caucus
100 / 193
Seats in the House
102 / 435
Seats in the House Republican Caucus
2 / 239
Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus Members at the Kick-off Press Conference from left to right: Niki Tsongas (D–MA), José Serrano (D–NY), Xavier Becerra (D–CA), Hilda Solis (D–CA), Jerry Nadler (D–NY), Barbara Lee (D–CA), Tammy Baldwin (D–WI), Lois Capps (D–CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–FL), Linda Sánchez (D–CA), Mike Honda (D–CA), James McGovern (D–MA), Barney Frank (D–MA), Chris Shays (R–CT).

The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus formation was announced on June 4, 2008, by openly gay representatives Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank.[1][2] The caucus currently has 115 members (113 Democrats and 2 Republicans) in the 115th United States Congress. The caucus is co-chaired by the United States House of Representatives' six openly LGBT members: Representatives Jared Polis, David Cicilline, Sean Patrick Maloney, Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Pocan, and Mark Takano. Roddy Flynn serves as Executive Director.

Mission[edit]

The mission of the caucus is to work for LGBT rights, the repeal of laws discriminatory against LGBT persons, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and improved health and well-being for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.[3] The caucus serves as a resource for Members of Congress, their staffs, and the public on LGBT issues.[3] Unlike the Congressional Black Caucus, famous for admitting only black members, the LGBT Equality Caucus admits any member who is willing to advance LGBT rights, regardless of their sexual identity or orientation.

Equality PAC[edit]

In February 2016 the caucus formed the Equality PAC to support candidates running for federal office who are LGBT or seek to advance LGBT rights. Equality PAC has endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election.[4]

History[edit]

On March 14, 2016, the board of the Equality PAC voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.[4]

Membership[edit]

Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus in the 115th United States Congress
  113 Democratic members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
  2 Republican members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
  Non-members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

The below table summarizes the number of caucus members by party over a number of legislative sessions, the drop in membership numbers in the 114th congress was predominantly due to this being the first year that caucus members were charged fees for their membership:

Congress Democratic Republican Total
111th 90 1 91[5]
112th 101 3 104[6]
113th 112 2 114
114th 55 0 55[7]
115th 100 2 102[8]

List of Caucus members in the 115th Congress:

Co-Chairs[edit]

Vice Chairs[edit]

Members[edit]

Former members[edit]

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