Rep. Melvin Watt

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In 1992, Melvin L. Watt was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's 12th Congressional District and became one of only two African American members elected to Congress from North Carolina in the 20th Century.

Congressman Watt is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, on which he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet and serves on the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law.  Congressman Watt is also on the House Financial Services Committee, on which he serves on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity.  Mel was unanimously elected and served as the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (2005-2006).

Congressman Watt sits on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and serves as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute 2012 Convention Committee.