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Colleagues Elect U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Serve As Assistant Democratic Leader Of 116th Congress

on November 28, 2018 - 3:59pm

Colleagues today unanimously elect U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico to serve as Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress. Photo by Lawrence Jackson/

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) was unanimously elected today by his colleagues to serve as Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress.

“I am honored to receive the trust of my colleagues to serve as a member of the Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Luján said. “As Assistant Democratic Leader, I will welcome ideas from all corners of our Caucus to build our agenda, protect our majority, hold the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans accountable, and make a positive difference in people’s lives. Just like the midterm elections, the road ahead won't be easy. But I'm confident that if we are all willing to come to the table, listen, ask the hard questions, and put in the work, we will successfully meet this moment.”

Luján was nominated to be the Assistant Democratic Leader by Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-4), and seconded by Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-3), Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), and Reps.-Elect Deb Haaland (NM-1) and Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2).

Luján previously served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for the last two election cycles.