State Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison, 77th Assembly District) has been selected by fellow members of the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus (WLBC) to become the next caucus Chair.

In Januray 2019, Stubbs was sworn in as the first African-American from Dane County ever elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature in its history. Now, she will be the first representative from Dane County to chair the WLBC since its creation in 1955. 

“I am honored to have the confidence of my colleagues to chair the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus throughout this next legislative session,” Stubbs said in a statement. “I want to thank previous leaders in the WLBC for paving the way forward, and creating caucus that allows Black voices to be effective within the Wisconsin State Legislature.”

“Since 1955, the WLBC has continued to foster diversity within state government, and advocate for what matters to people of color in Wisconsin,” she added. “Groundbreaking leaders such as congresswoman Gwen Moore, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes have been apart of this caucus, and their continued success has improved the lives of many across our state. As the next WLBC Chair, I am honored to continue the fight for racial justice across all issues, and tackle the public health crisis of racism that continues to plague our communities.”

Joining Stubbs in WLBC leadership is Representative-Elect Dora Drake (D-Milwaukee, 11th Assembly District) as vice-chair, Representative-Elect Samba Baldeh (D-Madison, 48th Assembly District) as secretary, and Representative Kalan Haywood (D-Milwaukee, 16th Assembly District) as treasurer.