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Congressman John Conyers

Representing the 13th District of Michigan

Reps. Conyers, Waters, Scott & Sen. Warren Applaud Appointment Of Raphael Bostic To Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank

March 13, 2017
Press Release
Bostic to Become First African-American Fed President

Washington, DC - United States Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee; Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member on the Financial Services Committee; and David Scott (D-GA), a senior member of the Financial Services Committee; and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), today released the following statements to recognize the historic appointment of Raphael Bostic to be the President of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank. Bostic will become the first African-American President of a Federal Reserve Bank in the Fed's 100 year history. The Members of Congress applauded today's announcement and encouraged the Fed to continue to diversify the leadership of banks across the country.

In May of 2016, Rep. Conyers and Sen. Warren led a letter to Fed Chair Janet Yellen calling for more diversity in the Federal Reserve’s leadership; the letter was signed by 116 members of the House and 11 senators. In October 2016, Reps. Conyers, Lewis, Waters and Scott sent a letter to the Fed specifically calling for the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank position to be filled by a diverse candidate.

"The selection of Raphael Bostic to lead the Atlanta Reserve is a historic step on the long road to equality and justice for people of color in the United States," Congressman Conyers said. "I am pleased that Federal Reserve officials have taken this important step to fulfill Congress's call to diversify their leadership, both in terms of race and occupational background. Not only is he the first African-American regional bank president, but he is also a champion for families struggling in today's economy, and does not come from the corporate background that is already overrepresented at the Fed.  I greatly look forward to working with President Bostic to ensure that progress towards the full employment vision, laid out by Dr. King and Coretta Scott King, is fulfilled for all of America's people."

"Mr. Bostic is an outstanding choice," said Congresswoman Waters, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services. "His wealth of experience and research on wealth disparities and barriers to economic opportunity will play a critical role in shaping the economic policy decisions that affect all American families. Given the disparate economic experiences faced by key demographic groups, it is crucial that a broader cross-section of groups have a seat at the decision-making table. I congratulate Mr. Bostic on his appointment and encourage the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, working with the Board of Governors, to build on today's announcement by conducting the genuine and intentional efforts needed to build diversity at the Fed and ensure its senior leaders reflect the interests of America as a whole."

"I could not be more thrilled about today's announcement regarding Raphael Bostic being named the next Atlanta Regional Bank President," said Congressman Scott.  "This marks an historic event for our Federal Reserve System.  In over 100 years of its existence, never has there once been an African American as a Regional President. That all ends today."

"Raphael Bostic is an excellent choice to head the Atlanta Fed. He has extensive experience researching how economic policy affects working families," Senator Warren said. "I am glad to see Raphael's appointment, and I encourage the Fed to further strengthen its leadership by bringing on additional people with diverse backgrounds to serve in key roles."

Congressman Conyers launched the 32-member Congressional Full Employment Caucus in February 2014. Full employment is defined as the lowest possible unemployment rate that the economy can reach. Congressman Conyers has introduced several pieces of legislation to further that goal:  H.R. 1000, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act of 2015, which would tax Wall Street speculation to guarantee a job or training to every American who wants to work; H.R. 3531, The Full Employment Federal Reserve Act, which instructs the Federal Reserve bank to target a four percent national unemployment rate – the rate reached in the late 1990s; and H.R.3674, The Labor Statistics Improvement Act, which would create a commission to ensure that unemployment statistics accurately reflect the reality on the ground for job seekers. The Congressional Full Employment Caucus serves as a platform and working group for Members of Congress who are dedicated to identifying solutions and advocating for legislative action to reduce unemployment.