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Rep. Veronica Escobar wins freshman leadership seat

Politico: Rep. Veronica Escobar wins freshman leadership seat

By Sarah Ferris

Rep. Veronica Escobar was elected Wednesday morning to be the newest member of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership team, taking on a high-profile role in the caucus as Democrats ramp up their impeachment probe.

The Texas Democrat was chosen by the nearly 60-member freshman class through a secret ballot, defeating three other freshmen members vying to be one of two freshman caucus representatives, a position left open by the resignation of Rep. Katie Hill of California. The election came down to Escobar and centrist Rep. Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, after several rounds of voting in which no member received a majority. Reps. Susie Lee of Nevada and Lauren Underwood of Illinois had also sought the position.

Escobar has become a voice in her caucus on issues like immigrant detention centers. She led dozens of members to tour a facility in her district during her first 11 months in office.

The Texas Democrat was later elevated into the national spotlight after a deadly, racially motivated shooting this summer in her home city of El Paso, where she snubbed President Donald Trump during his visit.

Escobar will join weekly leadership meetings, helping to shape the Democratic Caucus’ strategy on key issues — including impeachment — and become a messenger for the sprawling freshman class, which includes roughly two dozen newcomers sitting in districts won by Trump.

Escobar already sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which has had a key role in investigating Trump's conduct.