Blue Dog Coalition Adds Four New Members

Jan 15, 2014
In The News

WASHINGTON – The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition is expanding its ranks in the U.S. House of Representatives by adding Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). These additions bring the coalition’s total membership to 19.

“Our newest members are a welcome addition to the Blue Dog Coalition,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications. “Their deep commitment to fiscal responsibility and reaching across the aisle when crafting public policy is just the sort of leadership we need to solve the problems facing our country.”

“When we look back at the political gamesmanship that ultimately shut down the federal government last year, it becomes clear that we need members like Ron, Kyrsten, Nick and Cheri more than ever,” said John Barrow (D-GA), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration. “As Blue Dogs, we continue to meet regularly with the Republican Tuesday Group to find commonsense solutions that both parties can agree on, and we welcome any Democrat who values this approach to policy-making.”

“Being a Blue Dog means you are part of the solution, not part of the problem. Blue Dogs bring commonsense solutions to everyday problems and actually like working with colleagues on the other side of the aisle,” said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy. “Our new members know it’s time for governing, not gridlock. Congress should follow their lead.”

These four members join Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IN) and Rep. Pete Gallego (D-TX), both of whom joined the Blue Dogs just last year, as the newest members of the coalition.


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