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Rep. Josh Gottheimer at the Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Governor James Florio. October 3, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Gottheimer, Pascrell tapped by Jeffries to serve on key House committee

By David Wildstein, December 09 2022 9:15 pm

New Jersey will have three seats on the important House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, with Minority Leader-designate Hakeem Jeffries naming Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) to the panel on Friday.

The committee determines committee assignments and aides leadership in setting the policy agenda of the Democratic Party in Congress.

Rep.-elect Robert J. Menendez (D-Jersey City) will also serve on the committee in 2023 as the representative of the 34-member Democratic freshman Class for the 118th Congress.

The addition of Gottheimer puts the influential Democratic chairman of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus in a party leadership post for the first time.  Re-elected to his fourth term last month, Gottheimer is a close political ally of Jeffries.

Pascrell has served on the panel for the last six years.

Jeffries announced that Barbara Lee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Dan Kildee will serve as co-chairs.

“Under the strong leadership of Representatives Lee, Wasserman Schultz and Kildee, the Steering and Policy Committee will prepare us to hit the ground running in the 118th Congress,” Jeffries said.  “The House Democratic Caucus will benefit from their steadfast work ethic, insight and experience as we confront the challenges facing the American people.  I know that Barbara, Debbie and Dan share my goal of ensuring that each and every Democratic Member of the House is fully engaged and empowered.”

Among the Democrats named to the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee by Jeffries is Rep. Nikema Williams, the Georgia Democratic State Chair and John Lewis’ successor in Congress.

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