Jim Clyburn Gets Majority Whip Challenger in Colorado’s Diana DeGette

DeGette touts chief deputy whip experience

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., speaks during the news conference on the Takata airbag recall outside the Capitol on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Colorado Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette announced Wednesday she is running for majority whip, challenging South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn for the No. 3 Democratic leadership position.

“Eighteen years ago, our caucus voted to elevate a woman to the top levels of leadership, and it is past time for us to do so again — I would be only the second woman to hold this post,” DeGette said in a letter to colleagues announcing her bid. “I would also be the first Whip from the Mountain West, and our path to a lasting majority must include broadening the caucus’ geographic appeal.”

DeGette touted her experience serving as a chief deputy whip, an appointed role, over the past seven Congresses as evidence of her “track record as an effective strategist, precise vote counter, and experienced, bipartisan negotiator.”

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