representative Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkClark Wins Dem Caucus Vice President: House Democrats Have the Power to Prevent Mass Shootings in America The Hispanic Caucus Rallyes behind Luján to Power Leadership MORE (D-Mass.) Joined the ranks of the Democratic leadership on Wednesday by defeating Rep. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarClark wins the position of Vice President of Dem Caucus at the closing of the Hispanic Caucus. The Hispanic caucus rallies behind Luján for the candidacy for leadership of the party. (D-Calif.) To become vice-chair of the caucus at the next convention.
The position is currently filled by representative Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), Who had left the seat during a first presidential race – an offer that she subsequently dropped.
Clark defeated Aguilar by 144 votes to 90 in a secret ballot at the Longworth office building in Capitol Hill, where Democrats are meeting to elect their leaders this week.
Clark's victory means that she will be the sixth Democrat in the hierarchy to lead, and the second most powerful woman in the caucus, behind Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia's Alesandro PelosiClark wins the post of Vice President of Dem Caucus Another opposition member's opponent to Pelosi Maloney withdraws from the race to a Democratic campaign committee MORE (D-Calif.), If Pelosi prevailed in his attempt to pick up the President's mallet.
Clark has promised to use this position to advance legislation protecting retirement security; revitalize health insurance and other health care programs; drain Washington from corruptive influences; and fight for equal pay for the sexes.
"Let's go to work!" She declared in a statement following her victory.
The Clark-Aguilar competition was a contrasting study between a liberal East Coast woman and a more moderate Hispanic from California. Both legislators are popular in the caucus.
Clark had a decisive advantage in fundraising during the election campaign of this cycle, raising more than $ 3.6 million for the Democrats' campaign component – as well as for the Democratic candidates for the country's closest races – against 1.8 million dollars for Aguilar.
Clark's fundraising campaign has not gone unnoticed by current leaders. Sanchez praised Clark as someone who "worked tirelessly to help the Democrats regain the majority" at mid-term.
"The voices of more women at the leaders' table will be critical as our caucus works to implement our program to help rebuild and strengthen the American middle class," he said. Sanchez said in a statement.