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Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race

Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race
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Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Sanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday officially threw her hat in the ring in the race for assistant Speaker, rolling out a series of key endorsements aimed at showing momentum in the now three-way competition.

Clark, who as vice chair of the Democratic Caucus is the second-highest woman on the leadership team, is facing Rep. David CicillineDavid CicillineHouse passes sweeping protections for LGBTQ people The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J A-OK, Tanden in Trouble Six ways to visualize a divided America MORE (D-R.I.), who leads Democrats’ messaging arm, and Rep. Tony CardenasAntonio (Tony) CardenasMORE (D-Calif.), who runs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s political operation.

Clark’s top endorsement from Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanDemocrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' Senate Democrats likely to face key test of unity on 2022 budget Democrats blast Facebook over anti-vaccine pages MORE (D-Wis.) — one of two co-chairs of the influential Congressional Progressive Caucus and a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus — was a not-so-veiled shot at Cicilline. Cicilline is a vice chair of the Progressive Caucus and also serves alongside Pocan as a co-chair of the LGBT group; both Cicilline and Pocan are openly gay.

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“I am glad to support Congresswoman Katherine Clark because she always puts the needs of our Democratic Caucus members first in mind,” Pocan said in a statement. “Congress serves the people and Katherine has exemplified that service in her over seven years championing populist people-first legislation in the House."

“We need someone with her vision and commitment to bold solutions sitting at the leadership table,” he said.

Clark also rolled out support from Rep. Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerModerate Democrats press for auto-stabilizers in COVID-19 aid package House Democrat says federal workforce recovering from 'a lot of harm' under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel MORE (D-Wash.), chairman of the pro-business New Democrat Coalition; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), a former Congressional Black Caucus chairman; and Rep. Grace MengGrace MengTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Pelosi, lawmakers denounce violence against Asian Americans House Democrat calls for demographic breakdown on COVID-19 vaccines MORE (D-N.Y.), a Democratic National Committee official and leading Asian American lawmaker; as well as Rep. Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Pelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle MORE (D-N.H.), Rep. Paul TonkoPaul David TonkoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 Pelosi: Sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'credible' MORE (D.N.Y.) and first-term Rep. Mary Gay ScanlonMary Gay ScanlonTrump lawyer sued him for 'repeated claims' mail voting ripe with fraud Pelosi announces lawmakers will be fined ,000 if they bypass metal detectors to House floor House Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump MORE (D-Pa.).

Because the Big Three leaders — Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden coronavirus relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority Some Republicans say proxy voting gives advantage to Democrats Gun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress MORE (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse plans for immigration bills add uncertainty on Biden proposal This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package MORE (D-Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) — are all expected to cruise to reelection and hang onto their jobs, the three-person race for assistant Speaker is shaping up to be the most high-profile Democratic leadership race this year. 

The position can be a launching pad to higher office. Current Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, the first person to hold the newly created post, is poised to win a Senate seat in New Mexico this fall.

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With House lawmakers returning to Washington after their long summer recess, several other Democrats jumped into leadership races. 

Two freshmen, Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas), a former NFL player and the first African American to hold his Dallas-area seat, and Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowManagers seek to make GOP think twice about Trump acquittal The GOP is in a fix: Gordian knot or existential crisis? Thousands of troops dig in for inauguration MORE (D-Colo.), a decorated war veteran who served as one of seven prosecutors in President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE’s Senate impeachment trial, told colleagues they are running for “Caucus Leadership Representative,” a position which represents the five most junior classes on the leadership team.  

A big question among House Democrats is whether Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosHouse Republican campaign arm rolls out target list for midterms Lobbying world Five centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote MORE (D-Ill.) stays on as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2022 cycle. She declined to say Tuesday when asked by The Hill about her future in leadership.

Standing in front of the Capitol, Bustos said she was “singularly focused” on helping reelect front-line Democrats on Nov. 3.