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U.S. House Democratic Leadership, 2011 to 2012


U.S. House Democratic Leadership, 2011 to 2012

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Updated July 22, 2011
On November 17, 2010, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the new minority leadership team for the 112th Congress, which was elected by the House Democratic Caucus. The 112th Congress took office on January 5, 2011.

In the 112th Congress, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California will serve as House Minority Leader. Pelosi served two terms as House Speaker, from 2007 through 2010, until Democrats lost House majority control in the November 2010 elections.

For more, read Profile of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader.

The remainder of the House Minority Leadership team in the 112th Congress, in office from January 2010 to December 2012, will be:

  • Minority Whip, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland

    Steny Hoyer, who has represented Maryland's fifth district for 30 years, served as House Majority Leader for two terms, from 2007 through 2010.

    Hoyer is more moderate than Pelosi on many issues, including on fiscal and national security matters, which occasionally leads to disagreement between these two top House Democractic leaders. See Profile of Rep. Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip for more.

  • Assistant Minority Leader, Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina

    Clyburn is the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, and the most powerful Democrat in his home state of South Carolina. In 1998, Clyburn was unanimously elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and won a coveted seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee. In 2002, he ascended to Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and to Democratic Caucus Chair in 2006.

    The son of a politically active African-American preacher in South Carolina, James was elected president of the local NAACP youth chapter when he was only 12 years old.

    Clyburn served as House Majority Whip for two terms, from 2007 through 2010. In the 112th Congress, Clyburn will fill the newly created position of Assistant to the Minority Leader.

    For more, read Profile of Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina.

  • Democratic Caucus Chairman, Rep. John B. Larson of Connecticut

  • Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman, Rep. Xavier Becerra of California

  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair, Rep. Steve Israel of New York

  • Senior Chief Deputy Minority Whip, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia
Chief Deputy Minority Whips in the 112th House of Representatives are:
  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina
  • Joseph Crowley of New York
  • Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado
  • Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah
  • Rep. Ed Pastor of Arizona
  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida
  • Rep. Maxine Waters of California

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