The single most comprehensive source of hard information available on African-American members of Congress today, The Congressional Black Caucus in the 103rd Congress provides a detailed analysis of the remarkable recent changes, both quantitative and qualitative, that have occurred in the wake of the landmark 1992 elections. Comprehensive statistics and other reference data cover the campaign finances and roll call voting behavior of all 40 current members of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as detailed demographic and electoral portraits of their home districts. The book examines how Caucus members divide and cluster in their voting patterns and according to region, gender, and seniority. It also reviews highlights of the first session of the 103rd Congress in which these Congressmen and women played a significant role, whether individually, as Caucus members, as part of the Democratic Caucus, or on the House floor. The analysis concludes with a look at the Congressional Black Caucus' future, including the impact of the Supreme Court's Shaw v. Reno decision, and of the 1994 elections. Co-published with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
David A. Bositis is Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He is the author of several books, including Politics and Linkage in a Democratic Society and Black State Legislators, 1992.