Moderate Cheri Bustos Elected to Lead House Democrats’ Re-Election Effort
November 30, 2018
WASHINGTON — Rep. Cheri Bustos, a moderate from the Midwest, will lead the Democrats’ campaign arm in the 2020 election and will be one of the few women in House leadership.
The Illinois congresswoman was elected to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday, besting two other Democrats and a third who dropped out earlier this week for health reasons.
Bustos, who won re-election in a district that President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016, centered her campaign around helping the large freshmen class get re-elected and being a voice for Midwestern and moderate Democrats at the leadership table.
“I know how to do well in really, really tough districts,” she told the Los Angeles Times in an interview while campaigning in southern Illinois last month. “We’re going to have more than 30 Democrats in the House coming from Trump districts, so we just have to figure out how to button these up and hang on to them and grow our margin in 2020.”
House Democrats have been holding leadership elections since Wednesday. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California was nominated to be Democrats’ contender for House speaker, a position that will be determined on the House floor in January. In addition to Bustos, Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts was elected vice chair of the Democratic caucus.
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