Statement by Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority:

“Congresswoman Barbara Lee, long considered the conscience of the House, has a strong track record of finding common ground to move forward. In this historic moment, Barbara Lee is the clear choice for House Democratic Caucus Chair.

Barbara Lee is the perfect person to cohesively bring together the ideas and goals of the diverse Democratic caucus. Her passion for women’s rights, civil rights, human rights, and the elimination of poverty underline every challenge she seeks to solve.

Women of color are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and it’s past time for House leadership to reflect that commitment. We are proud to endorse Congresswoman Barbara Lee to serve as House Democratic Caucus Chair for the 116th Congress.”