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Cárdenas Announces Run for New Leadership Position

Dec 1, 2016
Press Release
Tells Colleagues: “I’m not afraid of tough discussions. We fight to win.”

Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) announced his intention to run for a new leadership position created to represent Members of Congress who have been in the House of Representatives for five terms or less.

In a letter sent to his colleagues, Congressman Cárdenas asked for the support of his Democratic Caucus colleagues.

“I’m proud to have been working every single day to support and encourage the next generation of Democratic leaders,” said Congressman Cárdenas. “During my Chairmanship of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ political arm, the CHC BOLD PAC, I have been committed to growing the Democratic Caucus.

“We’re in the minority, and that is a hard truth to face. But we should be in the majority. Our country is more diverse than ever before, and our young people are energized. Our work this Congress must be focused on how we get to the majority. Welcoming newer Members to the table is a crucial part of this.”

Congressman Cárdenas praised the diversity and energy of the Democratic Caucus in the coming year, a silver lining after a challenging election, noting that “The 115th Congress welcomes the largest Congressional Black Caucus in history, with 49 members; the largest Congressional Hispanic Caucus in history, with 31 members; the largest Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in history, with 18 members; and a growing LGBT Caucus that has influence and prominence.”

Democratic Caucus members voted today to approve proposed rule changes, including expanding Leadership with new positions for a Member elected by the Freshman class and for a Member of five terms or fewer elected by the whole Caucus.

Read the full text of the letter here: