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.