Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Elected to Democratic House Leadership

Bustos Will Serve as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee where she will work to Deliver Democrats’ Working Families First Agenda to America’s Heartland

WASHINGTON – Late last night, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) was elected by her colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus to join the ranks of leadership. Congresswoman Bustos will serve as one of three Co-Chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) in the next Congress. In this new leadership role, Congresswoman Bustos will work to improve the Democratic Party’s outreach and communications efforts to underscore the values Democrats are fighting for and hear the frustration that’s being felt in rural communities.

“I’m honored the Democratic Caucus has elected me to serve in this new leadership position, and I want to thank my colleagues for their commitment to a thriving 21st Century heartland,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Over the years, rural America has seen too many small businesses on Main Street board up their windows and too many manufacturing jobs shipped overseas. In many of these communities, there’s a very real sense that they’ve been left behind, and we saw that frustration on Election Day. As a party, Democrats have always believed in a vision for our country that puts working families first, but it’s clear we need to do a better job listening and speaking with hard working men and women to earn their trust. Right now, President-elect Trump and House Republicans are talking about proposals to take health care coverage away from millions of Americans, end Medicare as we know it and allow greed on Wall Street to put the economic security of all Americans at risk. These types of proposals would take our country in the wrong direction and would be devastating to our communities. As we head into 2017, we will be drawing a clear contrast between Washington Republican’s billionaires-first platform and the working families-first agenda Democrats are fighting for each and every day.”

First elected to a largely rural swing seat in 2012 when she beat a Republican incumbent, Congresswoman Bustos has proven how Democrats can be successful in the heartland by staying focused on an agenda that puts working families first, doing extensive outreach to hear from constituents across the 7,000-square miles of her district and delivering real results. During her last election, Bustos won by 20 points, which included wins in all 14 counties in the 17th Congressional District. Donald Trump won the district narrowly and carried 11 of the 14 counties.

The Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) is tasked with developing a message that forcefully communicates how House Democrats are fighting on behalf of working families. In this new role, Congresswoman Bustos will be serving as a Co-Chair with Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) and David Cicilline (RI-1).