Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva and Lynn Woolsey New Co-Chairs of Congressional Progressive Caucus

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Natalie Luna (520) 622-6788 (Grijalva) Chris Shields (202) 225-5187 (Woolsey)

Congressional Progressive Caucus

Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva and Lynn Woolsey New Co-Chairs of Congressional Progressive Caucus

WASHINGTON - Today,
the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) announced its elected leadership for
the 111th Congress.

  • Co-Chairs are Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ)
    and Lynn Woolsey (CA)
  • Whip Diane Watson
  • Vice-Chair Liaison to Black Caucus Sheila Jackson-Lee
  • Vice-Chair Liaison to Women's Caucus Hilda
    L. Solis
  • Vice-Chair Liaison to Asian Pacific American
    Caucus Mazie K. Hirono
  • Vice-Chair Liaison to LGBT Equality Caucus,
    Dennis
    Kucinich
  • Vice-Chair Liaison to Hispanic and Native
    American Caucuses, TBA
  • Vice-Chair Liaison to New Members Caucuses, TBA

"From rebuilding
our economy and expanding access to health care, to finally bringing our troops
home from Iraq, our nation is at a unique time in it's history. 
Perhaps not since the Great Depression has there been a moment when the
decisions and actions taken by those in Washington will have such a profound
and lasting impact on generations to come," said Woolsey. 
"Today, we ensured that progressives continue to have a seat at the
table, and a hand in crafting the legislation to come.  I want to
congratulate my friend and colleague Congressman Raúl Grijalva, who now takes
over for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the new Chair of the Congressional Black
Caucus - a position she is perfect for.  I look forward to working hand in
hand with Raúl, and know that the Progressive Caucus will enjoy and benefit
from his energy, passion, and commitment."

"I
am honored to become Co-chair, I believe it is time for our Caucus to move to
the next level and continue to advance our progressive agenda in an effective
and pragmatic manner," stated Co-Chair elect Raúl M. Grijalva. "By
being independent, inclusive, issue and solution based and unified in our
policy decisions - we will be more effective."

The CPC has been part
of the Congress since 1992.  The CPC, is one of the most diverse caucus in
the US Congress.  The Caucus has a membership of 73
and will expand in the coming Congress. The
principles of the CPC are to: Fight for
economic justice and security for all, Protect and preserve our civil rights
and civil liberties, Promote global peace and security, and strive for environmental Protection and Energy
Independence.

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