Barbara Lee endorses Kamala Harris's 2020 bid

Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeOvernight Health Care: HHS issues rule requiring drug prices in TV ads | Grassley, Wyden working on plan to cap drug costs in Medicare | Warren to donate money from family behind opioid giant Dem lawmaker shares video of herself dancing to Beyonce for Dance Week Lawmakers renew push to create American Latino Smithsonian museum MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday endorsed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Florida county that backed Trump was one of two hacked by Russians | Sandberg pushes back on calls to break up Facebook | Conservative groups ask WH to end Amazon talks over Pentagon contract Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Several factors have hindered 'next up' presidential candidates in recent years MORE (D-Calif.) for president, saying that Harris will be a "president truly of the people, by the people, and for the people." 

“As just the third African American woman from a major party to run for President, I am so proud to endorse her candidacy as she continues this fight for equality, fairness, and dignity for all Americans," the former head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said in a statement.

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"Watching Kamala’s career in the East Bay and San Francisco for 20 years, I’ve witnessed her deep passion for justice and opportunity, and I know she will be a president truly of the people, by the people, and for the people," Lee added. 

With the endorsement, Lee became the first member of the CBC to pick a side in the 2020 race, according to CNN.

Members of the CBC have previously said they are torn between supporting Harris or Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — Momentum builds for federal laws enshrining abortion rights | Missouri lawmakers approve bill banning abortions at 8 weeks | Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights 2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights MORE (D-N.J.), another black candidate in the race. 

Harris and Booker are among a crowded field of Democratic candidates that includes three of their colleagues in the Senate: Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharMomentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Poll: Biden is only Dem candidate that beats Trump outside of margin of error O'Rourke endorses progressive criminal justice priorities MORE (Minn.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — Momentum builds for federal laws enshrining abortion rights | Missouri lawmakers approve bill banning abortions at 8 weeks | Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights 2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights MORE (N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenLet's stop treating student borrowers like second-class citizens Overnight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — Momentum builds for federal laws enshrining abortion rights | Missouri lawmakers approve bill banning abortions at 8 weeks | Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights 2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans MORE (Mass.).

Lee added in her endorsement Thursday that Harris would "restore dignity and responsibility to the Oval Office."

"She will increase working Americans’ incomes, expand health insurance to more Americans, and restore dignity and responsibility to the Oval Office," Lee said. "She is a leader uniquely qualified to bring us together and mobilize a movement of Americans to return power to the people.”