Clever was born in Waxahachie, Texas, grew up in public housing and graduated high school in Wichita Falls, Texas. He earned a B.S. in Sociology from Prairie View A & M University.
Cleaver first went to Kansas City with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which charged him with founding a Kansas City chapter of the civil rights organization.
In 1979 Cleaver was elected to the City Council of Kansas City and three terms later he was elected Mayor. He held a two-term position as President of the National Conference of Black Mayors.
Congressman Cleaver and his wife, Dianne, have been married for more than thirty years. They have four children and three grandchildren.
- Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
- Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection
- Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response
- Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
Congressional Progressive Caucus
In early April 2009, Rep. Barbara Lee led a congressional delegation to Havana for a 4-1/2 hour meeting with Raul Castro, telling reporters, "All of us are convinced that President Castro would like normal relations and would see normalization, ending the embargo, as beneficial to both countries." Reuters reported that Lee's delegation "avoided specifics" with Castro "but were struck by his humor, impressed by his involvement in Third World causes and firm in their belief that he wants to end U.S.-Cuba enmity."
The meeting between Castro, Lee, and five other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, took place in secret without the customary presence of a US State Department official. No reporters attended, and according to the New York Times, Cuban television, which covered the visit, offered no details of what was said.
Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Melvin Luther Watt (D-CA), and Barbara Lee. "Also participating were Patrice Willougby, executive assistant to the Congressional Black Caucus, and Eulada Watt, wife of Congressman Mel Watt".
Bobby Rush said he found Raul Castro "to be just the opposite of how he's being portrayed in the media." AP quotes Rush as saying, "I think what really surprised me, but also endeared to him was his keen sense of humor, his sense of history and his basic human qualities." At times, Rush said, the lawmakers and Castro chatted "like old family members."
Lee says she wanted to influence President Barack Obama prior to the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Trinadad and Tobago.
Prior to the trip, Lee told her hometown Oakland Tribune newspaper that the US had to open up to Cuba, but did not demand that the Cuban government open up; she blasted US policy as "based on antiquated Cold War-era thinking." She could have used those words to describe her own views.
Michael Honda, from California, also accompanied the delegation, as did Patrice Willoughby, executive assistant of the Congressional Black Caucus, plus four military personnel from the Congressional Liaison Office under the orders of Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Wolf.
Congressional Black Caucus
The current chair of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress is Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri. The Caucus was established in 1971 during the 92nd Congress (1971-1973). It is an organization representing the black members of the United States Congress. Membership is exclusive to blacks.
CBC "For the People" Tour
Over 5,000 jobseekers showed up at the Wayne County Community College in Detroit for a jobs fair and town hall meeting yesterday. More than 7,000 attended last week's event in Cleveland, the second stop on the Congressional Black Caucus's "For the People" tour.
Over 1,000 positions were offered at the fair.
The event was hosted by Democratic U.S. Reps. John Conyers and Hansen Clarke. Also present from the caucus were Maxine Waters of California, Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri and Gregory Meeks from New York.
Rep. Maxine Waters, noting the great love and admiration for President Obama in the African American community, called on the audience to "unleash us" to address the president on the jobs issue. "When you tell us it's alright and you unleash us and you tell us you're ready for us to have this conversation, we're ready to have the conversation. The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president too. We're supportive of the president but we're getting tired ya'll..." she said.
Rep. John Conyers called for a demonstration in front of the White House, "We should be in front, three to five, six thousand people the day before we open our 40th conference on Tuesday, September the 20th, in front of the White House, demanding jobs," Conyers said.
21st Century Democrats support
21st Century Democrats is a Political Action Committee that has stood for Progressive causes for over 20 years. Founded in 1986 by Institute for Policy Studies affiliate, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Democratic Socialists of America affiliates, former Texas Agriculture Secretary Jim Hightower, and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. Its three main goals are to help elect progressive candidates, train young people about grassroots organizing, and lastly, to continue to support our elected officials after Election Day "through our comprehensive progressive network".
The mission of 21st Century Democrats is to build a "farm team" of progressive populists who will be the future leaders of the Democratic Party.
- In each election cycle, we endorse a diverse array of candidates who exemplify our values and show unusual promise to advance our progressive goals. We invest in some of the most competitive races as well as in some of the most challenging – those in which the candidates are outstanding but the traditional Democratic supporters are most reticent. We back candidates in primaries as well as general election races, and we focus the bulk of our resources on electing challengers and protecting vulnerable incumbents.
Blue Green Alliance
Barack Obama's former "Green Jobs Czar", leader of the prominent Bay Area communist organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, and founder of Green for All was a featured speaker at the Alliance's 2009 conference.
Obama for America, National Co-Chair
February 22, 2012, Obama for America, announced the selection of the campaign’s National Co-Chairs, a diverse group of leaders from around the country committed to re-electing President Obama. The co-chairs will serve as ambassadors for the President, advise the campaign on key issues, and help engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states.
Representative Emanuel Cleaver – Representing the 5th District of Missouri , was on the list.
Lifting travel ban on Cuba
- Due to your action/emails/phone calls we have 59 signatures from House representatives urging President Obama to support travel to Cuba by granting general licenses for ALL current categories of travel.
- By eliminating the laborious license application process, especially for people-to-people groups, that is managed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the majority of the bureaucratic red tape that holds up licensable travel to Cuba would disappear and actually facilitate what the President wanted to see in 2011, liberalized travel regulations.
Signatories included Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.
The following have worked as staff members for Emanuel Cleaver:
- Hina R. Alvi
- Keiana Barrett
- Bradley Benton
- Paul A. Brathwaite
- Trent C. Buatte
- Sam Burnett
- Breanna Cameron
- Nicolina R. Cardwell
- Chen-Lun Chang
- William J. Coughlin
- Darwin L. Curls
- Myra Lynette Dandridge
- Jo Ann Dinwoodie
- Joyce Ann Foley Elkins
- Angela G. Elsbury
- Whitney Dae Frost
- J. William Goold
- Daniel M. Haque
- Kristen Handley
- Sudafi S. Henry
- Holly Jenkins
- Melesa N. Johnson
- Geoffrey Jolley
- Shanee D. Kimber
- Anita Savage Lawson
- Emily E. Leviner
- Christina M. Mahoney
- Sarah Martin
- Andrea D. Martin
- Susan Ann McAvoy
- Cassandra D. McClenny
- Meghan A. McCollister
- Shannon Hillman Meissner
- Amber Moon
- Joyce Nguyen
- Brian T. Noland
- Matthew D. Orlovick
- John Jioni Palmer
- Lisa Peterson
- Mary A. Petrovic
- Latrice S. Powell
- Samuel L. Riddle III
- Michael L. Riley
- Daniel P. Rotert
- Genaro R. Ruiz
- Angela Teresa Rye
- Phillip Patrick Scaglia
- Irene B. Schwoeffermann
- Jennifer G. Shapiro
- Taylor J. Share
- Vernetta F. Smith
- Alexia Sullivan
- Colin Sweeney
- James Vaughn
- Alysson Nicole Vogt
- Zachary F. Werkowitch
- Emma R. Wischusen
- Kaeanna K. Wood
- Gary W. Woodward
- Leslie Ann Woolley
- Cassandra D. Young
- Stephanie L. Young
- Congressional Progressive Caucus website: Caucus Member List
- Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Still stuck in the Cold War, political Warfare, Michael Waller (accessed on August 20, 2010)
- Reflections of Fidel, The seven Congress members who are visiting us, Havana. April 7, 2009
- Congressional Black Caucus: Members (accessed on Feb. 24, 2011)
- Congressional Black Caucus website: Our History (accessed on July 28, 2011)
- Peoples World: Detroit demands action on jobs by Joe Sims, August 17 2011
- 21st Century Democrats website, About us]
- 21st Century Democrats 2006 bio
- Green Jobs Conference website: 2010 Speakers (accessed on Jan. 28, 2011)
- Green Jobs Conference website: 2009 Speakers (accessed on Jan. 28, 2011)
- Blue Green Alliance website: Member Organizations (accessed on Jan. 28, 2011)
- Judy Chu for Congress, February 22, 2012, OBAMA FOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES REP. JUDY CHU AS. NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR
- 21st Century Democrats: Past Candidates (accessed on Feb. 9, 2011)
- Update on Cuba Travel: We Gathered 59 Signatures, The LAWG Cuba Team: Mavis, Emily and Karina on May 03, 2013
- Legistorm: Emanuel Cleaver (accessed on Aug. 24, 2010)