On Thursday, members of the Democratic Caucus elected Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) to serve as Majority Caucus Chair for 2018. The position also carries with it the title of President Pro Tem of the Metro Council. The Caucus elected Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4) to serve as Vice-Chair.
“I am honored to serve this Caucus and I look forward to the work we will undertake in the next year to advance legislation and fund projects, programs, and organizations that will create a better city for all,” said Hamilton. “We have challenges ahead and we advocate on behalf of our constituents, many of whom are facing unprecedented challenges during one of the most precarious times and our goal should always be a better quality of life for those who ask us to serve.”
Hamilton is a founding member of the Metro Council elected to serve in 2002 and reelected in 2006, 2010, and 2014. She represents residents of Portland, Russell, Chickasaw, Shawnee and Parkland areas.
She was the first Majority Caucus Chair when the Metro Council was formed in January 2003. She was a member of the Louisville Board of Aldermen prior to merged government. She is a graduate of Fisk University and the North Carolina Central University School of Law
In 2017, she recently served as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus for two terms and chaired the Metro Council’s Labor and Economic Development Committee. She has served in numerous leadership positions on the Council and the Community.
“It is an honor to serve alongside Cheri Bryant Hamilton as we begin a new year focusing of the needs and opportunities for all our citizens together,” said Sexton Smith.
Councilwoman Sexton Smith was elected in November of 2016. She serves the people of the Central Business District as well as the Russell, Butchertown Neighborhoods, Smoketown, Shelby Park, Phoenix Hill, and parts of Portland, Meriweather, Irish Hill, Germantown and Paristown Point.