Rep. Veronica Escobar elected to represent freshman class in House leadership

Rep. Veronica Escobar elected to represent freshman class in House leadership
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Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Michigan governor to give Democratic response to Trump State of the Union address The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE (D-Texas) was elected Wednesday to join the House Democrats’ leadership team as the liaison to the freshman class. 

Escobar was elected by the nearly 60-member freshman class by secret ballot to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Cenk Uygur updates on Congressional campaign, how I will call out corporate politicians in Washington MORE (D-Calif.). The Texas Democrat defeated Reps. Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (Nev.), Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillOvernight Defense: Dems raise pressure on Esper to block border wall funds | Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate | Day one dominated by fight over rules House Dems express 'deepening concern' over plans to take .2B from Pentagon for border wall How the 31 Democrats in Trump districts voted on impeachment MORE (N.J.) and Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Democrats worry party is squandering political opportunity on ObamaCare Overnight Health Care — Presented by Rare Access Action Project — Court ruling reignites ObamaCare fight for 2020 | Congress expands probe into surprise billing | Health industry racks up wins in year-end spending deal MORE (Ill.) for the job. 

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“I feel very privileged to be able to have a seat at the leadership table to bring those voices of the diverse and dynamic caucus forward and to continue to tell the story of the work that the Democrats are doing because we will not abandon the American people,” Escobar said at a Democratic leadership press conference after her election as freshman class representative. 

Escobar, who represents a border district in Texas, has emerged as a top voice in the House on immigration, leading tours for dozens of members of Congress to a detention facility in her district, as well as gun control, particularly after a mass shooting in her hometown of El Paso.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Veronica Escobar as the new Freshman Co-Representative to Leadership and look forward to serving alongside her in House Leadership throughout the duration of the 116th Congress,” Rep. Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseJudiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing Pelosi heading to Madrid for UN climate change convention MORE (D-Colo.), the co-freshman class representative, said in a statement.

“Representative Escobar has worked passionately and diligently over this past year to shine a light on dangerous conditions at our southern border. Her voice is incredibly important to the conversations we are having today about how best to lead our country forward. I look forward to working alongside her as we continue to work for the people.” 

Escobar will now join weekly leadership meetings and help liaise between the party’s leaders and its large freshman class. She also has a perch on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, which is playing a key role in the House’s impeachment investigation into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE.

Cristina Marcos contributed to this report