Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) was elected yesterday as the new chairwoman of the New Democrat Coalition, in a move that centrist Democrats hope will invigorate the sometimes-overlooked caucus.
Tauscher’s accession marks a renewed effort by the coalition to play a more prominent role in the coming Congress. To that end, the group also restructured its leadership, replacing three co-chairs with a single one.
With a strong commitment from a core group of 30 lawmakers, the coalition’s active membership is being pared down from its previous number of 74 members, some of whom were not very involved in the group.
The group also settled on two new co-chairmen: Rep. Ron KindRon KindRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous vote Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Junior Dems plot strategy as leadership vote looms MORE (D-Wis.) and Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) will share policy and communications duties. Rep. Adam SmithAdam SmithHouse passes Mattis waiver, setting up quick confirmation Overnight Defense: Mattis cruises through confirmation hearing Top defense Dem urges House to vote against Mattis waiver MORE (D-Wash.) will run the group’s PAC.
“I am honored that my colleagues have chosen me to lead this organization, and I look forward to bringing energy to this leadership post,” Tauscher said.