WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse was elected by his Congressional colleagues to serve as Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) in the 117th Congress, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Representative David Cicilline. Neguse previously served as the youngest member of the House Democratic Leadership team as Co-Representative for the Freshman Class in the 116th Congress. His unanimous election to serve as DPCC Co-Chair — the No. 8 position in House Leadership — will provide him with the opportunity to assist in crafting messaging and policy formulation for the House Democratic Caucus. He is the first second-term lawmaker to ever serve as a DPCC Co-Chair (a position previously held by Rep. Cicilline, and prior to that, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries). The DPCC Co-Chair is one of the few leadership representatives elected by the entire 200+ member Democratic Caucus.
“I’m incredibly honored to be elected by my colleagues to serve in House Leadership for another term,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “As Co-Chair, I will work hard every day to ensure that every member of our diverse and talented caucus is engaged in the important policy and communications work of the DPCC. There is a tremendous amount of work to get done next Congress to address the COVID-19 pandemic and provide needed economic relief for our communities, lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs, and so much more. I look forward to working with both my colleagues and President-Elect Biden’s administration to tackle these critical issues.”
“Congressman Joe Neguse has been a deeply respected voice in the Congress and our Caucus since Day One,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “As a Freshman Representative to Leadership, he has been a powerful force for unifying and strengthening our diverse, dynamic Caucus, and on the Judiciary, Natural Resources and Climate Crisis Committees, he has been an effective fighter for our children’s futures. Congressman Neguse will bring great vision and energy to the critical role of Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and to our Majority’s work For The People.”
“Whether in Lafayette or on Capitol Hill, Congressman Joe Neguse has been a powerful and unifying voice for our caucus. There is a tremendous amount of work to get done next Congress to address the COVID-19 pandemic, provide economic relief for our communities, lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs and so much more,” said Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries. “As Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Congressman Neguse will play a critical role in steering our For The People agenda and ensure that we are effectively sharing the work with the people we are honored to represent.”
The House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) is tasked with developing a Caucus-wide message that forcefully communicates where House Democrats stand, that resonates with hard-working Americans, and that presents a sharp contrast to House Republicans’ special interest-first agenda. Rep. David Cicilline Chaired the Committee in the 116th Congress, and left a vacancy to seek the position of Assistant Speaker of the House. Former DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos and Caucus Chairman Jeffries previously served in the same capacity during the 115th Congress.