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Women to Fill Key Leadership Positions in 113th Congress

This week, several women were reelected or newly elected to leadership positions in the upcoming 113th Congress.

In the House, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) was elected chair of the Republican Conference, following her tenure as vice-chair during the 112th Congress. The position of vice-chair will continue to be held by a woman, as Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) defeated Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) for the position. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) will serve as secretary of the Conference.

The House Democratic Caucus is scheduled to hold its leadership elections the week of November 29. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is expected to be reelected as Democratic Leader.

On the Senate side, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) was reelected to the position of Democratic Conference secretary. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will remain vice-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

Also this week, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) elected Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to serve as chair. Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Karen Bass (D-CA) were elected to serve as second vice-chair and whip, respectively.

Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA) was elected second vice-chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, while incoming freshman Rep.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) will serve as whip during the 113th Congress.

Neither the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues nor the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus have held leadership elections for the upcoming Congress.

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