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Virginia’s Abigail Spanberger wins seat at leadership table to represent swing-district Dems

Rep. Abigail Spanberger secured a newly created get together leadership position on Tuesday to represent Democrats from swing districts.

The Virginia Democrat obtained 33 votes over Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright who obtained 20.

The Democratic caucus voted overwhelmingly to create the “battleground leader” position final week after a proposal by Rep. Susie Lee, Nevada Democrat.

Ms. Lee, who backed Mrs. Spanberger, mentioned she hopes the position will amplify the voices of weak Democrats.

“Leadership positions end up getting filled by people who are in safe seats because they have the time and the resources to be able to campaign and run for those positions,” Ms. Lee mentioned. “I think it’s important to have the voice of your most vulnerable members at the leadership table.”

The centrist New Democrat Coalition applauded the creation of the position as well as to Mrs. Spanberger’s victory.


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“New Dems applaud both Rep. Spanberger and Rep. Susie Lee for stepping up to ensure our battleground members are heard and supported in Congress. The vast majority of battleground members are New Dems, who represent diverse communities across the country. More importantly, they know how to protect, flip, and win seats that will help us regain the Democratic majority,” the caucus’s leadership staff mentioned in an announcement.

Ms. Spanberger gained her tight race on this year’s midterm election towards GOP newcomer Yesli Vega, an auxiliary police officer and Prince William County supervisor.

The congresswoman, who’s a member of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, has been vocal in her opposition to far-left cries to defund the police and has fought again by introducing a handful of police funding payments in Congress.

She has additionally damaged with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when it comes to in search of a congressional stock ban.

In in search of assist from fellow Democrats for the publish, Mr. Cartwright cited his potential to win elections as a Democrat in a crimson district.

Mr. Cartwright would be the solely Democrat within the new Congress to have retained his seat in a district gained twice by former President Donald Trump.

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