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Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair

Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair
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Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanFormer Progressive Caucus co-chair won't challenge Johnson in 2022 Congressional Progressive Caucus announces new leadership team Battle for Pentagon post in Biden Cabinet heats up MORE (D-Wis.) said Tuesday that he won't seek another term leading the Congressional Progressive Caucus, opening up a key position in House Democrats' liberal wing in the next session of Congress that begins in January.

Pocan, who has served as co-chair since 2017, said he will continue serving as a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) PAC, the group's campaign arm.

He and Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalRep. Adriano Espaillat tests positive for COVID-19 Overnight Health Care: Trump admin makes changes to speed vaccinations | CDC to order negative tests for international travelers | More lawmakers test positive after Capitol siege Democrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor MORE (D-Wash.) were elected as CPC co-chairs after the November 2018 elections, when Democrats won the House majority.

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Pocan said in a statement that "it has been an honor to help lead our members to important victories, both inside the Capitol and electorally."

Next in line to succeed Pocan as co-chair could be Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaHouse impeaches Trump for second time — with some GOP support Stacey Abrams gets kudos for work in Georgia runoff election Sex workers warn of unintended consequences in Section 230 fight MORE (D-Calif.), who currently serves as first vice chair.

Khanna this week expressed interest in the latest $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief package offer from the Trump administration, while Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency Dozens on FBI's terrorist watchlist were in DC day of Capitol riot Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector MORE (D-Calif.) is continuing to press for a more expansive deal closer to Democrats' $2.2 trillion proposal.

"Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell court," Khanna tweeted on Sunday.

The caucus also has 10 vice chairs: Reps. David CicillineDavid CicillineWashington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers MORE (D-R.I.), Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkSanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated Cuomo: 'I call on President Trump to resign' Ben Carson dismisses 25th Amendment talk: 'As a nation we need to heal' MORE (D-Mass.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDemocrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege Democrats offer bill fining lawmakers who don't wear masks in Capitol MORE (D-Mich.), Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarHouse Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics House Democrats push Biden's Pentagon pick on civilian control of military MORE (D-Texas), Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoThe best way to handle veterans, active-duty military that participated in Capitol riot 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Ariz.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeHouse Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Grand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death MORE (D-Texas), Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NegusePelosi names 9 impeachment managers House Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump LIVE COVERAGE: Congress certifies Biden win after Pennsylvania, Arizona challenges fail MORE (D-Colo.), Donald NorcrossDonald W. NorcrossWhat's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair When 'Buy American' and common sense collide MORE (D-N.J.), Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyFreshman GOP lawmaker apologizes for Hitler quote Newly sworn-in Republican lawmaker condemned by Holocaust Museum after Hitler quote 150 House Democrats support Biden push to reenter Iran nuclear deal MORE (D-Ill.) and Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoHoyer calls on VA Secretary Wilkie to resign after watchdog report Pelosi calls on Wilkie to resign from VA after watchdog report findings Two major veterans' groups demand Wilkie resign after watchdog report findings MORE (D-Calif.).

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Cicilline, who leads House Democrats' messaging arm, and Clark, the Democratic caucus vice chair, are both running for Assistant Speaker, the fourth-ranking slot in House Democratic leadership.

More than 90 House Democrats are currently members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which does not always vote as a bloc.

The members include prominent progressives such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York AG sues NYPD over excessive force at Black Lives Matter protests Pressley's chief of staff said her office's panic buttons 'had been torn out' before Capitol riot Ocasio-Cortez: Congress looking into ways to rein in 'disinformation' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAyanna Pressley's husband tests positive for COVID-19 House Democrats call for investigation into 'suspicious' Capitol tours day before riot Pressley's chief of staff said her office's panic buttons 'had been torn out' before Capitol riot MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOvernight Energy: EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations | Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report | Officials ousted from White House after papers casting doubt on climate science Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report Cori Bush shares picture of expanded 'Squad' MORE (D-Mich.) as well as some more moderate Democrats allied with Democratic leadership.