June 25, 2021

Congresswoman Cori Bush Serves as Speaker Pro Tempore

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), presided over the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in her Congressional tenure. She is the first activist from the movement in defense of Black lives and the first Black woman and nurse representing Missouri to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore.

“St. Louis elected our state’s first Black Congresswoman, and today, St. Louis and I presided over the House Floor,” said Congresswoman Cori Bush. “It was an honor to hold the gavel as we continue our work in the House to ensure a new future for our country — one that is rooted in equity. St. Louis and I look forward to holding the gavel again as we work to build safe communities where everyone is guaranteed a quality education, health care, a secure job, clean air, clean water, and housing.”

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Congresswoman Cori Bush represents Missouri’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. She is also a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a proud member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She is a registered nurse, single mother, and an ordained pastor. Following the murder of Michael Brown Jr. by a now-terminated Ferguson police officer, she became a civil rights activist and community organizer fighting for justice for Black lives on the streets of Missouri and across the country.