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 EscobarHispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 Races heat up for House leadership posts Ahead of a coronavirus vaccine, Mexico's drug pricing to have far-reaching impacts on Americans 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 HillObama counsels NBA players on forming a social justice committee Republicans cast Trump as best choice for women House GOP campaign chairman insists party will win back majority MORE (D-Calif.). The Texas Democrat defeated Reps. Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (Nev.), Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillHillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese, Malaysian hackers accused of targeting over 100 organizations | GOP senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal | QAnon awareness jumps in new poll House passes legislation to boost election security research Lawmakers call for bipartisan push to support scientific research MORE (N.J.) and Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements The Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks The Hill's Coronavirus Report: iBIO Chairman and CEO Thomas Isett says developing a safe vaccine is paramount; US surpasses 150,000 coronavirus deaths with roughy one death per minute 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) NeguseRaces heat up for House leadership posts Trump backs bill to establish suffragist monument in DC Democrats introduce bill to ban chlorpyrifos, other pesticides to protect farmworkers 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 leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE.

Cristina Marcos contributed to this report