The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus has elected a Kansas City Democrat as its leader for the 2015 legislative session.
State Rep. Brandon Ellington will serve as caucus chairman. Ellington, who was first elected to the House in 2011, had served as caucus vice-chair.
“The events in Ferguson have helped people of all races and political philosophies to understand the urgent need for social justice-minded reform in Missouri,” Ellington said in a statement.
“The Missouri Black Legislative Caucus will take a leading role in the General Assembly’s efforts to reshape various aspects of state law to reflect the lessons learned in recent months.”