As the results of last week’s election come into sharper focus, the Massachusetts political landscape is set, and a new congressional delegation is preparing for the 117th Congress.
Katherine Clark, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, is running for Assistant Speaker. The position is fourth in Democratic leadership and is elected by the House Democratic Caucus. The current Assistant Speaker, Ben Ray Lujan, is leaving for the Senate, making this the only open leadership position. Clark, who currently serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, has been active in recruiting Democratic House candidates and helping freshmen Democrats navigate the chamber. By ascending to Assistant Speaker, Clark would give Massachusetts even more influence in House leadership. Two other candidates, Dave Cicilline of Rhode Island and Tony Cardenas of California, are also running for the position.
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