Blue Dog Coalition Elects First Woman of Color as Co-Chair
The Blue Dog Coalition, a group of two dozen fiscally conservative House Democrats, on Tuesday elected three new co-chairs: Stephanie Murphy (FL) will serve as Administration Co-Chair; Tom O’Halleran (AZ) as Policy Co-Chair; and Lou Correa (CA) as Communications Co-Chair. Murphy, who is Vietnamese American, is the first woman of color to ever lead the Blue Dog Coalition and was elected unanimously. “I’m proud to help lead this hardworking group of principled, pragmatic Democrats who will develop solutions that move this country forward,” Murphy stated. The former businesswoman and national security specialist at the Department of Defense currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition’s Fiscal Responsibility Task Force, where she promotes policies designed to address the nation’s growing deficits and debt. All three Co-Chairs were first elected in 2016, and they’re also members of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of pro-business Democrats expected to have some 90-plus members in the 116th Congress. They will be replacing current Blue Dog Co-Chairs Jim Costa (CA), Henry Cuellar (TX), and Daniel Lipinski (IL). More here.