INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago, has been elected chairman of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus for a two-year term.
As leader of the primarily African American group of state lawmakers, Randolph will help develop legislation and support programs intended to improve the quality of life in minority communities across Indiana.
"So many of the issues we work to promote — like fairness in the workplace, small business development and equal educational opportunities — are issues that impact all Hoosiers," Randolph said. "I'm looking forward to working with the membership of the IBLC to advocate for these measures to strengthen our communities and our state."
In addition to Randolph, who is beginning his third term in the Senate, the other Northwest Indiana members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus are: state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary; state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster; state Rep. Earl Harris, D-East Chicago; state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary; and state Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary.
While the caucus is officially bipartisan, all 13 members of the group are Democrats.