Pelosi Announces House Democratic Leadership Changes
Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today regarding her recommendations for House Democratic Leadership positions:
“The Chairman of the Democratic Caucus has informed Members that we will meet tomorrow to organize the Caucus and elect the Leadership team for the 114th Congress.
“Should I receive the honor of serving as House Democratic Leader, I will make the following recommendations to my colleagues in the caucus: Congressman Ben Ray Luján as Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Congressman Steve Israel of New York to be Chair, Policy and Communications, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut as Steering Co-Chair and Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland as Policy Co-Chair.
“Congressman Ben Ray Luján is a dynamic and forward-looking leader with the fresh energy and ideas House Democrats need for victory in 2016. Congressman Luján has the bold vision and determined leadership to deliver Democratic wins in difficult districts – and I am confident he will prove a tireless champion for our members and candidates across the country.
“As Chairman of the DCCC for the past four years, Congressman Steve Israel has consistently proved the depth of his wisdom and the strength of his strategic vision in making our case to the American people. In his new role as Chair, Policy and Communications, Congressman Israel will be an invaluable asset to our Caucus, working closely with the Steering and Policy Committee to develop our Caucus message, jumpstart the middle class and reignite the American dream.
“Rosa DeLauro’s innovative and unrelenting leadership is essential to our Caucus. She is the insistent vision behind the When Women Succeed, America Succeeds agenda, and her work on behalf of students and working families is unparalleled. Congresswoman DeLauro is the lion of our caucus, and I look forward to continuing to work with her to move our country forward.
“Congresswoman Donna Edwards has been an energetic and impassioned voice within our Caucus ever since she came to Congress. As Chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, she has been a forceful champion of America’s women – continuing the work she began as co-founder and executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Congresswoman Edwards’ deep grasp of policy and the priorities of middle class families will make her a great asset to our caucus in the role of Policy Co-Chair.”
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