Moving Up Again

by Chris Wangler

November 21, 2022

Katherine Clark (D-MA) represents Waltham in Washington, D.C., as the assistant speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

With Nancy Pelosi stepping down as speaker, the Revere Democrat is moving up the ranks again, especially since several of Pelosi’s top deputies are also stepping away.

In a letter last week, Clark announced her intention to become Democratic Whip, the number 2 House Democrat. She’s currently number 4, a post she will hold until the end of the year. 

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is expected to seek the top job of minority leader.

Clark, 59, was elected in 2013 to represent suburbs west and north of Boston in Massachusetts’ fifth congressional district.

She has risen rapidly through the House Democratic ranks, working behind the scenes, building consensus and helping other Democrats win congressional elections this cycle. 

Rep. Clark has visited Waltham several times in recent years to announce funding for health care, COVID relief and watershed infrastructure. 

“Effective leadership is not about individual ambition, but our collective good,” Clark said in her letter Thursday.

“It is about truly listening and understanding what each member needs to be successful. I will use my voice at the leadership table to bring people and solutions together.”

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