Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

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Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Formation of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.jpg
Representative Patsy Mink announces the formation of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus at a press conference with (left to right) Representatives Don Edwards and Norman Mineta, Guam Delegate Robert Underwood, and Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Neil Abercrombie
FormationMay 16, 1994
FounderNorman Mineta
California's 15th
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Membership
During the 116th Congress
  • 5 Senators
  • 67 Representatives
  • 2 Delegates
Chair
Judy Chu
California's 27th
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), founded on May 16, 1994 by former Congressman Norman Mineta, is a bicameral caucus consisting of members of the United States Congress who have a strong interest in promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues and advocating the concerns of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. While CAPAC describes itself as non-partisan, all of its current members are Democrats, though some past members, such as Joseph Cao, have been Republicans. This caucus generally includes members of East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian or Pacific Islander descent, members with high concentrations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in their district, or those with an interest in AAPI issues.[1]

Purpose

  • To ensure that legislation passed by the United States Congress, to the greatest extent possible, provides for the full participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and reflects the concerns and needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities;
  • To educate other Members of Congress about the history, contributions and concerns of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders;
  • To work with other Members and Caucuses to protect and advance the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans;
  • To establish policies on legislation and issues relating to persons of Asian and/or Pacific Islands ancestry who are citizens or nationals of, residents of, or immigrants to, the United States, its territories and possessions; and
  • To provide a structure to coordinate the efforts, and enhance the ability, of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress to accomplish those goals.[1]

Current membership

Map of House caucus members
  Leadership and executive board members
  Associate members

Leadership

Executive board members

Associate members

Last updated: June 13, 2020[2]

Rep. Katie Hill (D) (CA-25) was an associate member of the caucus until she resigned her seat in Congress on November 3, 2019.

List of chairs

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Purpose, Mission & Goals". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved August 14, 2019.

External links

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