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Hanabusa takes leadership role among House freshman Democrats


    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., conducts a ceremonial swearing-in for Rep.-elect Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, right, as her husband John Souza, center, participates, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Nov. 14.

Freshman Democratic House members unanimously elected U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as their class representative, a new position that is part of a change in the House Democratic leadership structure.

In the position, Hanabusa will advise House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who survived a challenged to her party leadership post from Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio. Pelosi subsequently announced several changes in the Democratic Caucus leadership, including adding the freshman representative.

Hanabusa is technically not a freshman in the House, having served two terms starting in 2011. In 2014, she unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate. She returned to Congress last month to complete the term of Rep. Mark Takai, who died of cancer in July. She also won the Nov. 8 election race for her own two-year term, starting in January.

“It is an honor to have been selected by the freshman class to listen, advocate for and represent their interests in the expanded House Leadership team approved by the House Democratic Caucus on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016,” Hanabusa said in a statement. “My special thanks to Leader Pelosi for her vision and support of expanded House Leadership as we collectively focus on the many challenges facing our country.”

Pelosi said in a statement that, “The vital efforts of leaders in these positions will be strengthened by the mandate of their colleagues, and I am eager to partner with them to tackle the work before our country and caucus.”

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  • Get a load of the Headline. “Takes leadership Role Among House Freshman Democrats”. Haaaaaaaaaaaaa! Maybe if she wasn’t so greedy going after the late Dan Inouye seat,she would by a “Senior Senator” by now.
    I’m not confident at all! In the near debacle of the Rail project,she BAILS OUT,with “Captain Kirt” Holding the Bag!

    Is she going to again, Bail Out of the House seat to run for the Senate seat? Betcha, she’ll make a move for Brian Schatz’s seat again. Watch! Career Politicians have 3 agendas:Control ,Power and Money,hopefully that will change when President elect Trump passes “Term Limits”.Oh Happy Days!

    • Be careful what you wish for. Term limits is just more big government. It is government telling you who you can and cannot vote for. Why do you need this help Moi? Afraid to make your own decisions?

      • Due the huge incumbent advantage we do need term limits. These ruling elite are getting power and holding on it, making deals, getting funding, allowing access, feeling above the law, and term limits would have a positive impact on eliminating this. 12 years total then its time to return to be a private citizen. And their retirement benefits should be only what they save while employed. Like the rest of us!

  • Colleen will “advise” Demo House minority leader Nancy Pelosi on matters. News flash, Repubs control both the Senate and House AND the Whitehouse and Pelosi has ZERO influence on Trump or the Repub congressional leadership. Everyone in the nation still remembers how Pelosi said about Obamacare that “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It”. It might be more productive if Colleen can go to South Dakota in the snow and jump on Tulsi Gabbard’s coattails who is going to protest the oil pipeline.

  • The face of the DP is crucial to regaining seats and any message of “more of the same” will not be helpful. DP needs unity, not divisions. E Pluribus Unum – out of many, one.

  • HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!! Class Leader, huh? Leader of a group of collectively inconsequential nobodies who have four (or eight?) years of insignificance ahead of them. That’s like having the highest test scores in a special education class.

    And what does it matter, anyway? She’ll be resigning in a year to run for Governor, or in two years to run against Mazie? Or maybe after this newest iteration of HART collapses, Kirk will offer her $10-million/year to come home and take the blame for his failed project?

    Possibilities are endless in this bluest of blue states, where one demented and dysfunctional party is kept in place by a demented and dysfunctional generation of voters who still think Dan Inouye is alive.

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