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Grijalva, Ellison to Lead House Progressives

Reps. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) were elected Wednesday evening as co-chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in the next Congress.

Grijalva will return for a second term as co-chairman, with Ellison succeeding Co-Chairwoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), who opted not to seek another term. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) lost in the three-way race to lead the progressive caucus, which will represent a far greater percentage of the House Democratic Caucus next year. Many of the House Democrats 63 losses in the midterm elections came from their moderate ranks.

Weve worked in the past before, Grijalva said of Ellison. He did a great job of messaging for us. He is charismatic. He brings a lot of capacities with outside organizations to it, and I think its going to work out well.

Grijalva said he and Ellison, who serves as one of the groups seven vice chairmen, would share responsibilities and define roles. He reiterated his pledge that the progressive caucus would dig in its heels on issues it deems the most important.

Were the majority of the Democratic Caucus, and I think we have an obligation to hold the line where we need to, he said. But I think we need to be very strategic and very smart and pick our battles, pick our fights, and pick fights we can win.

Ellison said earlier this week that he would be working hard to pass the progressive agenda next year, no matter what the outcome of Wednesday nights elections.

I feel good about the prospects for the progressive movement, he said. So its really not about me or any personality. Its about carrying forward the agenda thats going to help Americans low-income ones, too.

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