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Linda Sánchez Announces Run for House Democratic Caucus Chair

Linda Sánchez Announces Run for House Democratic Caucus Chair

House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sánchez (D-CA) announced that she will seek the position of Caucus Chair in the 116th Congress. She made the announcement in a letter circulated to colleagues on Tuesday. “I am encouraged by the conversations I have had with many members about continuing that work, and I am pleased to announce that I will run for House Democratic Caucus Chair for the 116th Congress,” she wrote in the letter obtained by The Beat DC. Though others have expressed interest in running for the position, Sanchez beat them to the punch as the first to announce. As a former Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the highest-ranking Latina in Congress, she’s likely to have the support of the 31-member group if no other CHC member enters the race. She has openly and defiantly called for a leadership overhaul for months, saying it’s time for a generational change at the top of the caucus. “I want to be part of that transition because I don’t intend to stay in Congress until I’m in my 70s,” she said to reporters last week. Dem leadership Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Jim Clyburn (D-SC) are all in their late 70s and have been in their jobs for more than a decade. “I am glad that we have begun to have conversations about how the Caucus should function to give every member increased opportunities,” Sánchez wrote in her letter to colleagues. “Leadership is about serving others, not serving yourself. As Caucus Chair, I will continue to work collaboratively and inclusively to utilize the full range of talent on our team.” 

The Beat DC obtained the letter Sánchez sent to colleagues on Tuesday: 

Dear Colleague,
 
Over the last 18 months, I have been privileged to serve as Caucus Vice Chair. It has been an honor to work with Chairman Crowley to ensure that the Caucus is responsive to the needs of every member. I am encouraged by the conversations I have had with many members about continuing that work, and I am pleased to announce that I will run for House Democratic Caucus Chair for the 116th Congress.
 
As a caucus we are all focused on securing an effective Democratic majority in the next term. If the American people instill their trust in House Democrats, we must show them that we are ready to lead on the first day. A new Congress gives us the opportunity to take a full assessment of what changes we need to make to ensure our success going forward. However, it is clear that if we wait until next year to have these discussions it will be too late. We must prepare now.
 
I am glad that we have begun to have conversations about how the Caucus should function to give every member increased opportunities. Please continue to share your ideas for the future of our caucus with me. We must have open and honest dialogue so that we can have a clear, progressive roadmap for the 116th Congress.
 
Leadership is about serving others, not serving yourself. As Caucus Chair, I will continue to work collaboratively and inclusively to utilize the full range of talent on our team. I am committed to doing everything I can to put the Democratic Caucus in the strongest position as we fight to take back the majority and maintain it for years to come.
 
I hope to earn your support and look forward to continuing our discussion about your priorities.
 
 
Regards,
 
Linda T. Sánchez
Member of Congress

 

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