LGBT Equality Caucus
The LGBT Equality Caucus formation was announced on June 4, 2008, by openly gay representatives Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank. The caucus had 104 members in the 112th United States Congress (101 Democrats and 3 Republicans) and had 91 members (90 Democrats and 1 Republican) during the 111th United States Congress. The caucus is co-chaired by the United States House of Representatives' six openly LGB members: Representatives Jared Polis, David Cicilline, Sean Patrick Maloney, Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Pocan, and Mark Takano. Brad Jacklin serves as Executive Director.
The mission of the caucus is to work for LGBT rights, the repeal of laws discriminatory against LGBT persons, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and improved health and well-being for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The caucus serves as a resource for Members of Congress, their staffs, and the public on LGBT issues. Unlike the Congressional Black Caucus, famous for admitting only black members, the LGBT Equality Caucus admits any member who is willing to advance LGBT rights, regardless of their sexual identity or orientation.
List of Caucus members in the 113th Congress:
- Jared Polis (Democrat—Colorado)
- David Cicilline (Democrat—Rhode Island)
- Sean Patrick Maloney (Democrat—New York)
- Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat—Arizona)
- Mark Pocan (Democrat—Wisconsin)
- Mark Takano (Democrat—California)
Vice Chairs 
Former members 
- Barney Frank (Democrat-Massachusetts; retired in 2013)
- Neil Abercrombie (Democrat—Hawaii; resigned to run for Governor of Hawaii in 2010)
- Bill Delahunt (Democrat—Massachusetts; retired)
- Gabrielle Giffords (Democrat—Arizona; resigned in 2012)
- Phil Hare (Democrat—Illinois; defeated in 2010)
- Jane Harman (Democrat—California; resigned)
- Patrick J. Kennedy (Democrat—Rhode Island; retired)
- Mary Jo Kilroy (Democrat—Ohio; defeated in 2010)
- Michael McMahon (Democrat—New York; defeated in 2010)
- Michael R. McNulty (Democrat—New York; retired in 2008)
- Patrick Murphy (Democrat—Pennsylvania; defeated in 2010)
- Joe Sestak (Democrat—Pennsylvania; defeated in 2010)
- Chris Shays (Republican—Connecticut; defeated in 2008)
- Hilda Solis (Democrat—California; resigned to become United States Secretary of Labor in 2009)
- Robert Wexler (Democrat—Florida; resigned to become president of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation in 2010)
- David Wu (Democrat—Oregon; resigned)
See also 
- Congressional caucus
- Caucuses of the United States Congress
- California Legislative LGBT Caucus
- Pennsylvania LGBT Equality Caucus
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