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Hill Democrats Name Leadership

POSTED: November 21, 2008, 12:00 am

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced the Democratic leadership team for the 111th Congress. Reid acknowledged his own election as the party’s leader in the Senate. “It is a privilege that allows me to provide solutions to the challenges facing Nevada and the country, “said Reid, “I thank my fellow Democratic Senators for again entrusting me with this position.”

The Senate Democratic leadership team consists of:

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), President Pro Tempore
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Assistant Majority Leader
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Conference
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Secretary of the Conference
Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND), Chairman of the Policy Committee
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chair of the Steering and Outreach Committee
Sen. Jeff Bingham (D-NM), Chairman of Committee Outreach
Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln (D-AR), Chair of Rural Outreach
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chief Deputy Whip
Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-DE), Deputy Whip
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Deputy Whip
Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D-WI), Deputy Whip

In addition, the New Democratic Coalition announced its leadership for the 111th Congress. The Coalition is considered the largest bloc of moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives. There are 71 Members in the New Democratic Coalition, including 15 newly elected Members of the House of Representatives. The group re-elected Rep. Ellen Tauscher of California as Chair and also elected Rep. Joe Crowley of New York as Whip, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington to lead the PAC, and Rep. Ron Kind (Wisconsin), Rep. Melissa Bean of Illinois, and Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania as Vice Chairs.

Rep. Tauscher noted, “The NewDems will play a critical role in the success of the 111th Congress by continuing the Coalition’s role in rebuilding our economy and creating high paying jobs for American workers. NewDems will be at the center of bold efforts, working hand in hand with the Obama administration and House leadership, to make the United States the leader in green technology jobs, reestablish lines of credit for millions of Americans and businesses, make quality healthcare affordable, and establish our energy independence through innovation.”

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