Democrats Re-Elect Pelosi, Leadership Team for 114th Congress
House Democrats voted Tuesday morning to reinstate their full slate of leaders in the 114th Congress.
The exercise was as drama-free and as lacking in suspense as the House Republican leadership elections that took place last week.
With secret ballots, the full caucus selected Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California to serve her eighth-straight term at the very top of the House Democratic Caucus power structure.
Democrats also re-elected Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland and Assistant Leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina. Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California and Vice-Chairman Joseph Crowley of New York will each serve another two years in their current roles. Unless another position opens up at the table in the 115th Congress, it could be Becerra’s last term in leadership: He is term-limited at the end of 2016.
Crowley, meanwhile, has more years ahead of him if he serves out this second term as vice-chairman and then runs to succeed Becerra as chairman.
The elections follow Pelosi’s surprise announcement on Monday of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman for the 2016 cycle — Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico — and her appointees at the top of the Steering and Policy Committee.
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