2018 United States House of Representatives Democratic Caucus leadership election

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House Democratic Leaders elected by the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House for the 116th Congress. Front (l-r): Katherine Clark, Ben Ray Luján, Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, Jim Clyburn, Hakeem Jeffries, Cheri Bustos. Back (l-r): Reps. Joe Neguse, Jamie Raskin, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Debbie Dingell, David Cicilline, Matt Cartwright, Rosa DeLauro, Barbara Lee, Katie Hill.

A leadership election was held by the United States House of Representatives Democratic Caucus before the beginning of the 116th United States Congress on January 3, 2019. The election determined who will be nominated by the caucus for the speakership election as well as who would occupy other leadership positions within the House Democratic Caucus. The following positions were nominated or elected on November 29: Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, House Majority Leader, House Majority Whip, House Assistant Majority Leader, Democratic Caucus Chair, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair, the Policy and Communications Committee's Chair and its three Co-Chairs, Junior Caucus Representative and Freshman Class Representative were elected the next day, and a third co-chair was added to the Steering and Policy Committee by the Leader.

Nominee for Speaker[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader and former and current Speaker[1]

Potential candidates[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus Speaker of the United States House of Representatives nomination election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi 203 84.94%
Democratic Opposing Nancy Pelosi 32 13.39%
Democratic Blank ballot 3 1.26%
Democratic Absent 1 0.42%
Total votes 239 100%

Majority Leader[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Whip and former and current House Majority Leader[9]

Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus Majority Leader election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steny Hoyer Acclamation 100%
Democratic Absent 1 0.42%
Total votes 239 100%

Majority Whip[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), House Assistant Minority Leader and former and current House Majority Whip

Withdrew[edit]

  • Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), member of the House Minority chief deputy whip team

Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus Majority Whip election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Clyburn Acclamation 100%
Democratic Absent 1 0.42%
Total votes 239 100%

Democratic Assistant Leader[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

  • Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) (running for Chair of the DCCC)
  • Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (running for Chair of the DPCC)

Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus Assistant Majority Leader election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Ray Luján Acclamation 100%
Democratic Absent 1 0.42%
Total votes 239 100%

Democratic Caucus Chair[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Barbara Lee
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Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus Chair election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hakeem Jeffries 123 51.46%
Democratic Barbara Lee 113 47.28%
Democratic Absent 1 0.42%
Total votes 239 100%

Democratic Caucus Vice Chair[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Katherine Clark 144 60.25%
Democratic Pete Aguilar 90 37.66%
Democratic Absent 5 2.09%
Total votes 234 100%

DCCC Chair[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and DCCC "Heartland Engagement" Chair[7]
  • Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA), DCCC Recruitment Chair
  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), DCCC Finance Co-Chair

Withdrawn[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus DCCC Chair election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cheri Bustos 117
Democratic Denny Heck 83
Democratic Suzan DelBene 32
Democratic Absent 3
Total votes 232 100%

DPCC Chair[edit]

This is a newly created position of the United States House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee which will rank above the three current co-chairs.

Candidates[edit]

  • Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee

Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus DPCC Chair election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Cicilline Acclamation 100%
Democratic Absent 1 0.42%
Total votes 239 100%

DPCC Co-Chairs[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus DCCC Chair election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ted Lieu 161
Democratic Debbie Dingell 144
Democratic Matt Cartwright 119
Democratic Chrissy Houlahan 107
Democratic Adriano Espaillat 90
Democratic John Garamendi 44
Total votes 100%

Junior Caucus Representative[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus Junior Caucus Representative election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jamie Raskin 65
Democratic Terri Sewell 57
Total votes 100%

Freshman Class Representatives[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Caucus Freshman Class Representatives election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Katie Hill
Democratic Joe Neguse
Total votes 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queens party boss angles to succeed Pelosi as speaker".
  2. ^ http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/402420-three-scenarios-for-how-leadership-races-could-play-out-in-the-house
  3. ^ "Dem Congressman Continues Calls For A Pelosi Replacement". dailycaller.com.
  4. ^ Mathis-Lilley, Ben. "Some Democrats Reportedly Want to Replace Nancy Pelosi With the Literal Congressman From Hollywood".
  5. ^ https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article216879530.html
  6. ^ https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/11/rep_tim_ryan_says_he_has_no_in.html
  7. ^ a b c d Hawkings, David; Hawkings, David (28 June 2017). "Six Who Could Succeed Pelosi — Someday" – via www.rollcall.com.
  8. ^ Fudge endorses Pelosi for speaker, dropping potential challenge
  9. ^ a b McPherson, Lindsey; McPherson, Lindsey (17 July 2018). "The House Democrats Considering Leadership Bids — So Far" – via www.rollcall.com.
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