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Women’s Caucus Holds Elections; Leadership Slate Set for 107th Congress

The Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues on January 31 announced its leadership slate for the 107th Congress. The newly elected co-chairs are Reps. Judy Biggert (R-IL) and Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA). The vice-chairs are Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY).

During the 106th Congress, the caucus was led by Reps. Sue Kelly (R-NY) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) as co-chairs and Reps. Kay Granger (R-TX) and Millender-McDonald as vice-chairs.

Women have been placed in several other leadership positions for the 107th Congress. The Congressional Black Caucus held its leadership elections on December 5, 2000. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) was elected Chair. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) will serve as Second Vice Chair.

The Senate’s Republicans and Democrats held their respective leadership elections on December 6, 2000. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) was elected Secretary of the Republican Conference. Additionally, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) will chair the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; she previously served as Vice Chair.

When the House’s Republicans and Democrats held their respective leadership elections on November 14, 2000, Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) was elected to the position of Vice Chair of the Republican Conference. The position was formerly held by Rep. Tillie Fowler (R-FL), who retired. Additionally, Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) was elected Conference Secretary, a position previously held by Rep. Pryce.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) was appointed Assistant to the Democratic Leader, a position she held during the 106th Congress, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was appointed Chief Deputy Whip. Additionally, on January 2, 2001, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) was appointed Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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