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Washington, DC – The California Democratic Congressional Delegation (CDCD) announced today that U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) was elected to succeed U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) as Chair. Lofgren was elected this afternoon as members of the delegation gathered for their weekly meeting on Capitol Hill. o:p>
“It has been an honor to serve as the Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation these last five years,” said U.S. Rep. Sam Farr. “I have chosen to step down from the chairmanship because I have decided to shift my energies to my work as Co-Chair of the House Oceans Caucus, which is working on major legislation to preserve, protect and revive our nation’s oceans. It is fitting that the chairmanship will be taken by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, since the California Democratic Congressional delegation is the first majority woman delegation. Zoe has been a leader in the Congress on so many issues, and I look forward to working with her on the issues that unite us as a delegation - fairness to Californians who were overcharged during the energy crisis, protecting our state’s natural environment, and preserving our state’s heritage for generations to come.”
The California Democratic Congressional Delegation is an organization consisting of 33 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California. It provides members with information and analysis of national policy issues affecting the State of California.
“Congressman Farr has led this delegation for the past five years and I want to thank him for his leadership and his continued commitment and dedication to the state of California,” Rep. Lofgren said. “I am honored to have been elected Chair and greatly appreciate the support from my colleagues. California has the largest and most diverse delegation in the House. I look forward to serving our state and working closely with every member of the delegation. Together we will fight for issues all Californians care about: affordable healthcare, quality education for our children, a cleaner environment and a growing economy with stable jobs.”
“Sam Farr has done an outstanding job and great service to California in leading this delegation over the past five years and I know Zoe Lofgren will do an exceptional job as Chair,” said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “With her passion, experience and dedication to our state, she will bring forth issues important to all Californians. I look forward to working with her to promote the values of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation.”
The CDCD supports the members in the performance of their official and representational duties. It outnumbers all other state House delegations - Republicans and Democrats combined. Texas is the next most populous state with a total of 32 House members.