Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) was elected yesterday as the new chairwoman of the New Democrat Coalition, in a move that centrist Democrats hope will invigorate the sometimes-overlooked caucus.
Tauscher’s accession marks a renewed effort by the coalition to play a more prominent role in the coming Congress. To that end, the group also restructured its leadership, replacing three co-chairs with a single one.
With a strong commitment from a core group of 30 lawmakers, the coalition’s active membership is being pared down from its previous number of 74 members, some of whom were not very involved in the group.
The group also settled on two new co-chairmen: Rep. Ron KindRon KindJunior Dems plot strategy as leadership vote looms Ryan: Pacific deal can't be fixed in time for lame-duck vote House Democrat expects support to grow for Pacific trade deal MORE (D-Wis.) and Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) will share policy and communications duties. Rep. Adam SmithAdam SmithCongress to clear path for Mattis Budowsky: Did Putin elect Trump? Pelosi: Dems OK with Mattis compromise MORE (D-Wash.) will run the group’s PAC.
“I am honored that my colleagues have chosen me to lead this organization, and I look forward to bringing energy to this leadership post,” Tauscher said.