California Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Make Potentially Historic Run For Democratic Caucus Chairman
By: Kayla Pasacreta
California congresswoman Barbara Lee has officially announced her bid for Democratic caucus chairman. Rep. Barbara Lee is one of the more progressive voices of the Democratic Party, so her run alone demonstrates the increasing calls to elect progressive Democrats to their leadership roles throughout the party.
Lee references to her identity as a black woman as a 'backbone' of the Democratic Party,
Lee has said her goal is "returning bold Democratic leadership to Congress." Lee has been a representative since 1998. If her bid to become Democratic caucus chairman is successful, she would be the first black women in either political party to hold such a leadership position.
House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi announced just a week ago that leadership elections should be postponed to after Thanksgiving, to give every one fair chance.