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 EscobarThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Pence visits Orlando as all 50 states reopen The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin, Powell: Economy may need more boost; Trump defends malaria drug Democrats lobby Biden on VP choice 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 HillThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Trump takes his 'ready to reopen' mantra on the road The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race Republican flips House seat in California special election MORE (D-Calif.). The Texas Democrat defeated Reps. Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (Nev.), Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillBipartisan Senate group offers new help to state, local governments Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary How the GOP hopes to overcome steep odds in House battle MORE (N.J.) and Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodHuman Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary Warren endorses 20 Democratic women for down-ballot races Millennials are the unseen leaders in the coronavirus crisis 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) NeguseHillicon Valley: FBI, DHS to accuse China of hacking virus researchers | Warren warns of COVID-19 threats to elections | Musk reopening California Tesla factory against state orders Warren warns coronavirus 'poses a threat to free and fair elections' House Judiciary Committee calls on Bezos to testify as part of antitrust probe 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 TrumpBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Brazil surpasses Russia with second-highest coronavirus case count in the world Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' MORE.

Cristina Marcos contributed to this report