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Lofgren Announces Intent to Run for Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Position

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Washington, November 29, 2017 | Contact: Peter Whippy ((202) 225-3072) | comments
WASHINGTON, DC – At a Democratic Caucus meeting this morning, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) announced to her colleagues her intention to seek the top Democratic position on the House Judiciary Committee should an official vacancy occur pursuant to House Democratic Caucus Rules. Below is a statement from Lofgren:

“Whenever an official vacancy at the top Democratic position of the Judiciary Committee may occur in accordance with Caucus Rules, I will put my credentials forward for my colleagues’ consideration. I am confident that, as a 23-year veteran of the Committee with nearly 9 years of prior staff service, I fully meet all the criteria for the position as outlined in Caucus Rule 21. That rule states that, in selecting a successor to a Ranking Member vacancy, the Democratic Caucus “shall consider all relevant factors, including merit, length of service on the committee and degree of commitment to the Democratic agenda, and the diversity of the Caucus,” and that the top Committee position “need not necessarily follow seniority.”

“As my colleagues and others are aware, I continue to make extraordinary efforts to help regain a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. I will continue in these efforts, and in my determination to advance Democrats’ collective agenda within the Judiciary Committee jurisdiction, including reforming our broken immigration system, protecting voting rights and civil rights, shielding DREAMers from deportation, conducting rigorous oversight of the Trump Administration, ensuring American’s Constitutional rights are protected, and reforming our criminal justice system.”

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