Terri Sewell elected Vice-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition

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Rep. Terri Sewell on Thursday was elected by her colleagues to serve as Vice Chair of the New Democrat Coalition in the 115th Congress.

In her new role, Alabama’s 7th District. U.S. Congresswoman will be responsible for a specific portfolio, as well as assisting Chair-Elect Rep. Jim Himes with leadership efforts and helping develop specific policy positions to be adopted by the Coalition.

“I am beyond grateful to my colleagues for electing me to serve as Vice-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition in the 115th Congress,” said Sewell. “My decision to join the New Democrats when I came to Congress stemmed from the profound relevancy our Coalition has on the health and economic welfare of my constituents in the 7th Congressional District of Alabama. This includes policies that encourage job creation, promote innovation, and provide workers with the necessary tools to compete and thrive in today’s economy.”

Dedicated to maintaining America’s standing as the world’s strongest, most successful nation, the New Democrat Coalition was founded in 1997. The New Dems believe in the power of American ingenuity and innovation, and are focused on finding ways to foster and harness this creativity to grow America’s economy, create new American jobs, and ensure a safer and more secure future for our country.

“America continues to benefit from the leadership of the New Democrat Coalition and the Democratic values of opportunity, fairness, and responsibility,” Sewell continued. “I look forward to the work that lies ahead as I promote the needs of my constituents before the Coalition and advance the pro-growth agenda of the New Democrat Coalition to all Americans.”

The Coalition elected Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04) to serve as Chair. Reps. Jared Polis (CO-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01) were elected to serve as Vice-Chairs alongside Rep. Sewell. Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) will serve as Chairman Emeritus of the Coalition.

“It’s been a pleasure to lead New Dems over the last four years. The New Democrat Coalition has always been full of talent, and I’m excited to see some of our newer Members take the reins,” said outgoing Chair Ron Kind. “Under Rep. Sewell’s leadership, I am confident the New Dems will continue to be strong advocates for policies that grow the economy, increase innovation, and help hard-working Americans.”

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work in this coming Congress with Terri Sewell as Vice-Chair in the New Democrat Coalition,” added Chair-Elect Jim Himes. “Terri represents the leadership, innovation and commitment to her constituents and the American people that are emblematic of the New Dems. Working together, we can overcome challenges, move our country forward and shape policy over the coming Congress.”

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