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CBC Swearing In Ceremony

With the commencement of the 114th Congress on January 6, 2015, the CBC Swearing In Ceremony for current and newly elected members was held. It was a momentous occasion with a record number of 46 members, as the Caucus also welcomed 5 newly elected women. As one of the largest member organizations in the U.S. House of Representatives, Members of the CBC hail from 22 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and represent over 30 million people. Watch The Ceremony On CSPAN

Updates From The Firm

Angela cohosted BET Network's 2015 State of the Union coverage with Marc Lamont Hill and Paris Dennard.

IMPACT Strategies Welcomes its Newest Client ITI:

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companiesRead More Here 

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IMPACT Strategies: Client Updates

eBay has announced David London will become the Senior Director for Government Relations of the Americas. 
Dan Schulman of PayPal, participated in the “Promoting More Secure Payment Technologies” panel during the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on Friday, February 13th at Stanford University. During the summit, the panelists and President Barack Obama addressed the challenges of consumer protection in the wake of technology advancement.  Information About The Summit Including The Recording And Agenda Is Available Here
During the Super Bowl, client Microsoft featured an inspiring story of Estella Mims Pyfrom, an education professional who is committed to bridging the gap in education and technology by creating access to underserved children following her retirement. The non-profit organization is dedicated to not only providing educational programming and enrichment, but also offers a comprehensive approach to helping children and their families in need. Watch The Commercial 
Our client’s newest innovation venture is MicrosofHoloLens. Powered by Windows 10, the product is on the cutting edge of technology advancement. The HoloLens is projected to impact how technology improves our daily lives by allowing us to connect with our digital lives in a remarkable way. Watch The Commercial 

Meet The 2015 Interns

Nate Coker is as a senior at Arizona State University where he is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Justice Studies. Nate loves film and is a big supporter of the arts, and has been featured in some short films and commercials during his time as an actor.  Nate also has a passion for politics and social change. Through working with IMPACT Strategies he hopes to gain knowledge about how to successfully follow legislation, lobby Congress as well as gain knowledge about how to be an effective political consultant.
Colleen Roberts is a senior at Georgetown University, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Government with minors in Justice and Peace Studies and History. A first generation American originally from northern New Jersey, Colleen is interested in issues of diversity, racial equity, and politics. During her time interning at IMPACT Strategies she hopes to gain better insight to the political strategy process and the intersection of politics and media.  

New CBC Member Highlights

Alma Adams (D-NC) 

Alma Shealey Adams is an American politician who represents North Carolina's 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. A Democrat, Adams served as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 58th House district from her appointment in April 1994 until her election to Congress. A college administrator and Art professor from Greensboro, Adams is known for the many distinctive hats that she wears.

Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) 

Bonnie Watson Coleman is an American politician, who has served as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district since 2015. She previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1998 to 2015 for the 15th Legislative District. She is the first black woman in Congress from New Jersey.

Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) 

Stacey Plaskett is the non-voting delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the United States Virgin Islands's at-large congressional district. Plaskett is an African-Caribbean attorney, commentator and politician. She has practiced law in New York, Washington DC, and the US Virgin Islands and is known for her understanding of Caribbean economic development and public-private partnerships for growing the economy of developing areas.

Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) 

Brenda L. Lawrence is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the Mayor of Southfield, Michigan from 2001 to 2015. The Democratic nominee for Oakland County Executive in 2008 and for Lieutenant Governor in 2010. She was elected US Representative for Michigan's 14th congressional district after winning the seat in the 2014 elections.

Mia Love (R-UT) 

Ludmya Bourdeau "Mia" Love is an American politician and the U.S. Representative from Utah's 4th congressional district. She is the first Haitian American and the first black female Republican in Congress as well as the first black person to be elected to Congress from Utah. She was a speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention. 

Making History!

There are seven CBC Ranking Members for the 114th Congress: 
  • Rep. Bobby Scott - Education and the Workforce
  • Rep. Maxine Waters - Financial Services
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson - Homeland Security
  • Rep. John Conyers - Judiciary
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson - Science, Space, and Technology
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings - Oversight and Government Reform
  • Rep. Corrine Brown - Veteran Affairs

IMPACT Strategies Celebrates Black History Month 

The First Blacks in Our Nation's Politics

Joseph Hayne Rainey was the first African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first African American to preside over the House, and the longest serving African American to serve during the Reconstruction Period.  During his time in office Rainey served on the Freedmen's Affairs, Indian Affairs, and Invalid Pensions committees as well as the Centennial Celebration, Proposed National Census of 1875, and the Committee of the Freedmen's Bank select committees. Find Out More About Joseph Rainey
A freedman his entire life, Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American to serve in the U.S. Senate, filling a vacant seat in 1870.Revels maintained a moderate political orientation, yet he was praised for his oratorical skills from years as preacher that he used to speak about civil rights, particularly educational and work opportunities for black workers.Hailing from Mississippi, Revels remained in his seat for a year, until he left to become the President of Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical Find College. Find Out More About Hiram Rhodes Revels
Outspoken and forceful, Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected into Congress, the first black person to run for president on a major party ticket, and the first woman to win delegates for a presidential nomination by a major party. Chisholm served for seven terms during which she helped form the National Political Congress of Black Women. Before her death in 2005 she was quoted as saying "I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself." Find Out More About Shirley Chisholm
After defeating Republican candidate Richard Williamson in 1992, Carol Moseley Braun became the first African-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Representing Illinois, Moseley Braun remained in office from 1993-1999.  While in the Senate, Moseley Braun served on the Senate Finance Committee and championed for issues such as civil rights and women's rights.  She also supported educational reforms as well more restrictive gun control laws.  Find Out More About Carol Moseley Braun
Running on a campaign of hope and change, Barack Obama defeated Senator John McCain and running mate Governor Sarah Palin in 2008, becoming the 44th President of the United Sates of America and the first African-American to hold that office. President Obama went on to win a second term after defeating former Republican Governor Mitt Romney and running mate Congressman Paul Ryan in 2012.
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