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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Appointed by Speaker Pelosi to United States Holocaust Memorial Council

March 4, 2021
Press Release
Rep. Lawrence will replace the Council seat held by late-Rep. John Lewis

Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations, was appointed by the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which was established by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in commemorating the Holocaust and to raise private funds to construct the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Rep. Lawrence will replace the Council seat held by the late-Representative John Lewis. To learn more about the Council, click here.

“I’m honored to be selected by Speaker Pelosi to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. We must remember and preserve the memories, stories, and history of the six million Jews, along with so many others, whose lives were lost and families torn apart during the Holocaust,” said Rep. Lawrence. “As a founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations, I feel a special responsibility to sit on this Council because of the shared history between the Jewish and Black communities. We say ‘never forget,’ and I will work with this Council to make sure our country never does.”

The Council, which meets twice a year, consists of 55 members appointed by the president, as well as five members each from the Senate and House of Representatives and three ex-officio members from the Departments of Education, Interior, and State. Presidential appointments serve for a five-year term; 11 members’ terms expire each year.

In addition to Rep. Lawrence, Reps. Ted Deutch (Fl-22), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Lee Zeldin (NY-01), and David Kustoff (TN-08) will also serve on the Council.