CBCF Statement on the Passing of Jacqueline A. Ellis

A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), released the following statement on the passing of Capitol Hill veteran Jacqueline A. Ellis, who served as the chief of staff for U.S. Representative Al Green of Houston, TX and former U.S. Representative Major Owens of Brooklyn, NY.



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WASHINGTON – “The CBCF family and I are deeply saddened and devastated by the unexpected death of my dear friend and chief of staff to Congressman Al Green, Jacqueline A. Ellis. I will always be grateful for her counsel, dedication, knowledge and sense of humor.

”Jacqui embodied the spirit of public service and was driven by a steadfast commitment to help others. Her vast knowledge of the issues combined with a career spanning nearly 30 years on Capitol Hill made her an invaluable leader.

“Jacqui was widely known for her diplomacy and commitment to social justice. She was enormously respected by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and members on both sides of the aisle for her intellect, integrity and institutional knowledge. She was beloved by many for her wit, kind spirit and generosity.

“Jacqui’s passing is a true loss and her legacy will be felt for years to come. On behalf of the CBCF, I offer my heartfelt condolences to her family, loved ones and all of her friends and colleagues in the United States House of Representatives.”


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