Top Dem rep says diverse 2020 field shows party's 'maturity'

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonCongressional investigation finds Coast Guard leadership fell short on handling bullying Judge temporarily halts construction of a private border wall in Texas Hillicon Valley: FCC moves against Huawei, ZTE | Dem groups ask Google to reconsider ads policy | Bill introduced to increase data access during probes MORE (D-Miss.) said in an interview that aired Wednesday on "Rising" that the diverse field emerging in the 2020 Democratic primary illustrates that the party is maturing. 

“I think it’s the maturing of the party, and it’s a recognition that’s no longer a solo candidate of a particular gender or race that we can expect," Thompson told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Tuesday, adding that the diversity of the field also shows that competition among good candidates is "healthy" for the Democratic Party. 

Various candidates have thrown their hats into the growing 2020 Democratic primary ring or launched exploratory committees, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Pelosi endorses Christy Smith in bid to replace Katie Hill MORE (Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAdvocacy groups decry Trump's 'anti-family policies' ahead of White House summit This bipartisan plan is the most progressive approach to paid parental leave Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' MORE (N.Y.), and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. 

Thompson also praised the historic wave of diverse candidates elected to the House in 2018, saying it was another sign of the Democratic Party growing. 

"It's the melting pot of America manifesting itself in the U.S. House of Representatives," Thompson said. "You have races, religions, creeds, represented there." 

"Again, it's the maturing, and broadening, rightfully so, of the Democratic Party," he said.  

— Julia Manchester