House Democrats tap celebrities, journalists, academics, union leaders for Leesburg, Virginia, next week
John Legend, left, pictured with will.i.am singing his song “Yes We Can” during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, will speak to House Democrats at their annual retreat next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
House Democrats on Tuesday announced a lineup of speakers for their retreat in Leesburg, Virginia, next week that includes celebrities, journalists, academics and union leaders, but is light on politicians.
In past years, Democrats have had big names in politics headline their retreats. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the retreat multiple times when they were in office, and Biden addressed the caucus again last year to help Democrats hone their economic messaging ahead of the 2018 midterms.