Katie Hill won’t officially become a member of Congress until Jan. 3, but she isn’t waiting to get involved.
She and fellow California Member-elect Mike Levin, from the 49th congressional district in San Diego, circulated a letter two weeks ago declaring support for Nancy Pelosi to be re-elected Speaker of the House.
Now, 18 other freshman members from 15 states have signed on.
“I ran for office so that I could start to deliver for our community as quickly as possible,” Hill said in a statement. “I believe, and many members of the incoming class believe, that the best way to deliver is under tested leadership committed to bipartisan work that doesn’t compromise our values. Nancy Pelosi brings that leadership to the table, and I wanted to do everything I could to ensure we are able to start getting to work on day one.”
Hill and Levin’s original letter, addressed to “Members of the 116th Congress and fellow Freshman Class,” said that Pelosi (D-San Francisco) would be best able to help them tackle the issues their constituents want, including better health care, a better tax plan, reducing the role of money in politics, increasing transparency and accountability, and getting things done in Congress.
A shorter but substantially similar letter signed by the other members was released Tuesday.
“The incoming class of first-term members is younger and more diverse than ever before. A proven leader like Leader Pelosi will be a valuable resource as we, ourselves, step up to lead, and as we work to make life better for the people we represent,” the new letter said.
Pelosi previously served as the 52nd Speaker of the House from 2007-11. The Speaker is third in the line of succession for the presidency.