JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – The chair of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus is stepping down.

Democratic Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, of St. Louis, said Friday that she decided to resign because some members of the 16-member group were upset about her appearance with Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder at a news conference in December. Read more on that here: Kinder and Nasheed Accuse Nixon of ‘Secret Deal’ on Boeing

Nasheed and Kinder were criticizing the decision of a state commission to delay low-income housing tax credits, as part of an informal deal to pass new tax incentives for Boeing.

“If you have a Republican or Democrat, Hispanic, black, white, whomever’s willing to stand up and speak out against wrong, especially when it comes to the poor, then I will be standing up next to that person,” Nasheed told KMOX.

She became the chair in 2013, after her election to the state Senate. She previously served six years in the House.

Nasheed said the group’s vice-chairman Democratic Rep. Brandon Ellington, of Kansas City will take over her duties until the caucus elects a successor.

“I’ll probably do more for the Black Caucus [now] because I can be on the side now and not have to lead the charge,” she added.

Some issues she will remain active with include voter ID and right to work.

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