January 7, 2023 Updates on Chairman Kevin McCarthy

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Rep. Catherine Clark speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on Jan. 5. (Eric Lee/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Massachusetts Rep. Catherine Clarke took on the role of House Minority Whip on Saturday morning, becoming the highest-ranking female Democrat in the House.

Clark is only the second woman, after former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to hold one of the party’s top two leadership positions in Congress. Pelosi’s term as speaker ended earlier this month.

“I ran for Congress to be a voice for women, families and workers” Clark tweeted after he was elected the No. 2 House Democrat in November. “As long as I sit at the table, so do you.”

“I am proud and honored to serve the American people as the @HouseDemocrats Whip for the 118th Congress,” added Clark, who is unopposed.

Clark joined the House Democratic Leadership Group, which includes Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar, who said in a statement that “Clark’s voice as a whip will be critical as our caucus fights back. Proposes a legislative program to counter Republican extremism and help take back the House in 2024.”

Clarke served as Deputy Speaker in the previous Congress, then became a member of the House No. 4 Party. He first joined leadership in 2019 as the deputy chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

A strong supporter of President Joe Biden’s agenda, Clark is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has served in the powerful House. Credit Committee. He advocates for gun reform, Medicare for All, and raising the federal minimum wage. In 2016, Clark, along with then-Representative John Lewis of Georgia and others, organized a sit-in on the House floor to protest the lack of votes for gun control legislation. fire.

He was among several Democratic congressmen arrested by US Capitol Police during an anti-abortion rights rally in front of the Supreme Court in July.

“Extremist Republicans are determined to turn us back in time and disenfranchise us. “They can stop me, but we will not let them stop freedom.” he tweeted.

Clark’s rise to the House leadership comes less than 10 years after he entered Congress representing Massachusetts’ 5th congressional district, a Democratic stronghold outside Boston. He won a special election to succeed Democrat Ed Markey, who was elected to the Senate in 2013, and has been comfortably re-elected since then.

Before entering Congress, Clark served in the Massachusetts state house and senate. He also worked as policy director for the state attorney general’s office and served on the Melrose School Board.

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