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Rep. Alma Adams moves up congressional leadership ranks
House Democrats elect her assistant whip
 
Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12:26 pm
by Herbert L. White

PHOTO/TROY HULL
U.S. Rep. Alma Adams of Charlotte was elected assistant whip by the House Democratic Caucus.

Alma Adams returns to Congress with new responsibilities.


The Charlotte Democrat was sworn into the 115th Congress Tuesday and will join the House Democratic Leadership as an assistant whip. The position, formally known as assistant party leader, is responsible for keeping track of votes for or against legislation as well as ensuring party members are in attendance for votes.

“I am humbled and excited to be sworn into the 115th Congress to serve my second full term representing the 12th District,” Adams said. “When I took office in 2014 I made it a priority to fight for students, small businesses, women, and veterans. I am eager to continue our progress during this Congress.

Said House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking member of the Democratic Caucus: “I’m excited to have Rep. Adams join our whip team. She’s already set herself apart as a leader in our caucus and a tireless fighter for the working people of North Carolina and their families.  I look forward to working closely with her during the 115th Congress to advance Democrats’ agenda of protecting the rights of all Americans and expanding opportunities that are accessible to everyone.”

Adams, who was elected to her second two-year term in November, is a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Small Business Committee, Agriculture Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. She is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has a record 41 members. Adams won a special election in 2014 to fill the unexpired term of Mel Watt as well as a full term in the 114th Congress.

“I look forward to working closely with my colleagues on the challenges that face our nation and to do all we can to improve the lives of working Americans,” Adams said.

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