Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, II was elected to serve as the 22nd chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 112th Congress. As the CBC celebrates 40 years of service, Chairman Cleaver is serving his fourth term representing Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District.
After serving for twelve years on the City Council of Kansas City, Cleaver became the first African American Mayor in 1991, where he served two terms.
In 2009, Cleaver introduced the creation of a Green Impact Zone. This area of 150 blocks of declining urban core, has received approximately $125 million dollars in ARRA funds.
Cleaver has received five honorary Doctoral Degrees augmented by a bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M, of Texas A&M, and a Master’s from St. Paul Theology of Kansas City.
A Texas native, Cleaver is married to the former Dianne Donaldson. They have made Kansas City home for themselves and their four children.