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Good News: Secretary of Commerce has named National Urban League President Marc Morial as chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’

May 7, 2009


Raul Cisneros
Public Information Office

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Appoints Morial
to Lead 2010 Census Advisory Committee

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has named National Urban League
President Marc Morial as chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Census
Advisory Committee, which provides advice on the design and implementation
of the 2010 Census.

“Marc has extraordinary experience in working with national organizations
and advocating on behalf of diverse communities,” said Commerce Secretary
Gary Locke. “His expertise will help to ensure a complete and accurate
count during the 2010 Census.”

Twenty organizations are represented on the 2010 Census Advisory
Committee, including data users and experts in the statutory and
constitutional uses of decennial census data. The committee membership also
includes ex-officio members representing the U.S. Senate and House of

“The 2010 Census Advisory Committee provides important advice and
guidance to the
U.S. Census Bureau and we look forward to working with Marc Morial,” said
Census Bureau Acting Director Tom Mesenbourg. “His leadership and
experience will be vital as we approach the 2010 Census.”

Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League since 2003, leads
the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Morial served
two terms as mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002 and was also president
of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 2001 to 2002. He made Ebony
Magazine’s list of the150 most influential people in 2009.

The Census is mandated by the Constitution. The questionnaire for the
2010 Census will be one of the shortest in history: just 10 questions that
will take only about
10 minutes to complete. All responses are kept strictly confidential. The
Census data are used to apportion the seats in the U.S. House of
Representatives. Census data are also used to distribute more than $300
billion in federal funds each year.


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