Posted on: Thursday, November 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Katherine Clark, the Prospect Street Democrat, will soon be the sixth most powerful member of her party’s leadership team in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The one-time Melrose School Committeewoman and a third-term incumbent who represents the state’s Fifth District on Capitol Hill, was elected to be her party’s vice chair Wednesday during a House Democratic caucus.

She issued the following statement. 

“I am incredibly grateful for the support of my colleagues and am honored to have the opportunity to work on their behalf as the Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus.  

“Earlier this month, the American people sent a clear message to Washington by electing a Democratic majority and the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history. Voters rejected the divisive rhetoric and policies that marked the 115th Congress and instead were energized by the Democrats promise of a more productive, inclusive, and fair America. Our message was simple: the Democrats are fighting for you.  

“Today, we took another step forward by electing a leadership team that similarly reflects the American people and their vision for our democracy. With Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, Majority Whip Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader Lujan, Caucus Chair Jeffries, and the rest of the leadership team, House Democrats are ready to move an agenda forward that puts the needs of the American people first.  

“As Vice Chair, I am eager to get to work on the promises we made like getting corruption out of politics, protecting Social Security and Medicare, improving access to affordable, quality healthcare, and ensuring equal pay for equal work.  

“I can’t wait to see what progress we will make together on behalf of the American people. Let’s get to work,” she concluded.