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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), left, with retired astronaut Mark Kelly outside the Woodland Park American Legion Hall on September 7, 2018. New Jersey Globe Photo.

Sherrill joins Gun Violence task force

By David Wildstein, December 13 2018 9:30 am

Rep.-elect Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) has joined the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

Sherrill was elected to represent New Jersey’s 11th district last month, replacing retiring Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen.  She will take her seat on January 3.

A former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, Sherrill made curtailing gun violence a central theme in her campaign against Republican Jay Webber.

She won the endorsement of Giffords PAC, one of the leading national gun control organizations.  The leaders of the group, former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Arizona) and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, campaigned for Sherrill during the general election.

Sherrill is the second of New Jersey’s four freshmen House members to join the task force.  It was announced yesterday that Rep.-elect Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) had become a member.

“As a veteran, a former federal prosecutor, and a mother of four, I am not only familiar with guns, but determined to use my voice and my background to make sure Congress takes meaningful action on gun safety,” Sherrill said. “When more than 90 percent of Americans agree on an issue like universal background checks, there is no excuse for politicians not to find a way forward, and I am proud to join the Gun Violence Task Force to help forge that path in the new Congress.”

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-California), the chairman of the task force, called Sherrill a “strong and dedicated voice.”

“With her background and tenacity for this issue, I am excited to finally pass legislation that the American people have been demanding that will help keep our communities safe from gun violence,” Thompson said.

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