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Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Professor Gordon Shirley has congratulated newly installed Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who was sworn in on January 4 as the US Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Brooklyn, New York.
Speaking at a reception hosted by the Caribbean community at Zanzibar At The Waterfront in Washington, D.C., Ambassador Shirley said: “On behalf of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, the Government and people of Jamaica, I extend congratulations to you Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, on this historical occasion”.
“Today, as you were sworn in as the United States Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Brooklyn, New York, you secured your place in the history of the people of Jamaica and the Caribbean,” he said.
Ambassador Shirley said that Congresswoman Clarke would represent in the US Congress, not only the thousands of Caribbean people residing in her District but Caribbean people all over the US and in the Caribbean.
“You walk in the footsteps of another Caribbean great, the late Shirley Chisholm. We have great expectations for your service in the US Congress and we look forward, with your support, to continue to build on the excellent relationships between the countries of the Caribbean and the United States of America,” he added.
In her response, Congresswoman Clarke said she was honoured as a second generation of Jamaican parents to be installed as a Congresswoman. “My roots go way back, as my parents are Jamaicans and there is no doubt that my contribution in Congress will weigh heavily on the Caribbean,” she said.
Miss Clarke pointed out that as a Caribbean immigrant, “I have made great strides in the US, especially on the social level”.
The emphasis now, she said, would be on further economic, political empowerment, immigration and education. Congresswoman Clarke said she would be a strong voice on Capitol Hill for representation on immigrants from the Caribbean.
Congresswoman Clarke is the daughter of Jamaican parents, Una Clarke, former New York Councilwoman and Leslie Clarke.