Representative Katherine Clark has been named as the next vice chair of the caucus in the next Congress. Katherine Clark will hold the position after earning 144-90 vote victory over Representative Pete Aguilar of California. The vote took place on Wednesday in the Longworth Office Building on Capitol Hill during a jam packed week of leadership elections.
By gaining this position, Clark will become the sixth in command in Congress. More importantly, Clark will now be the second most powerful woman in Congress behind Nancy Pelosi if she is able to become the next Speaker of the House. Following her victory, Clark told reporters, “Let’s get to work!”
Former vice chair, Linda Sanchez, congratulated Clark following her victory. Sanchez described Clark as someone who “worked tirelessly to help Democrats win back the majority.” Clark also stated, “The voices of more women at the leadership table will be essential as our Caucus works to enact our agenda to help rebuild and strengthen America’s middle class.”
Clark will serve directly next to newly elected chair, Hakeem Jeffries. Jeffries was elected earlier today in a hotly contested race. Both Clark and Jeffries will assume their positions as Nancy Pelosi looks to emerge as the overall face of the party in January.