By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma was appointed by the U.S. House Democratic leadership to join the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
Representative Sewell said. “I am honored to be appointed by Democratic Leadership to join the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. The issues of job creation, economic development, and deficit reduction are critically important to my constituents in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. I proudly accept this opportunity to further an agenda dedicated to solving the economic and social issues most important to the well-being of my constituents and the American people. I look forward to working with our outstanding Democratic leadership and my colleagues on the Steering and Policy Committee to advance these Democratic priorities.”
Congresswoman Sewell was already recently selected by U.S. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer to serve as one of the ten Chief Deputy Whips for the Democratic Party. As a Chief Deputy Whip, Sewell is responsible for helping the Democratic Party mobilize the party vote on important legislation and serving as a liaison between the Members and the Caucus helping to build strong support for the Democratic agenda. Congresswoman Sewell sits on the House Financial Services Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee is responsible for developing an agenda to address our nation’s most critical issues. In addition, this committee is responsible for recommending other Democrats in Congress for various appointments and committee assignments. The new position will give Sewell more ability to advance the Democratic Party agenda.
The position could grow more powerful if voters gives the Democrats control of the Congress in 2014 elections.
Representative Sewell is an attorney and is serving in just her second term in the U.S. Congress. She is the only Democrat in the Alabama congressional delegation. She faces a challenge from Tuscaloosa Republican Matt Jenkins in the 2014 election.