Meet the Women of Caucus Leadership for 114th Congress; Domestic Violence in Professional Sports
Caucus Leadership for 114th Congress
On December 4, the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues elected its leadership for the 114th Congress. Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Doris O. Matsui (D-CA) will serve as co-chairs; Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Lois Frankel (D-FL) will serve as the vice chairs.
Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) served as co-chairs during the 113th Congress; Reps. Noem and Matsui served as the vice chairs.
Rep. Noem currently is serving her second term representing South Dakota At-Large. She serves on the Agriculture and Armed Services Committees and has been a strong advocate against human trafficking and in support of veterans and small businesses. She will serve on the Ways and Means Committee in the 114th Congress.
Linda T. Sánchez is the US Representative (D) for California's 38th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2003; Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee
Rep. Matsui is serving her fifth term and represents the 6th District of California. She serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Health care, clean energy, and STEM education have been among her top priorities while in Congress.
Rep. Brooks is serving her first term representing the 5th District of Indiana. In the 113th Congress, she serves on the Homeland Security, Education and the Workforce, and Ethics Committees; she will serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee in the 114th Congress. During the 113th Congress, she co-chaired the Education/STEM Task Force of the Women’s Caucus. Education and health care have been among her key priorities.
Rep. Frankel is serving her first term representing the 22nd District of Florida. She serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure and Foreign Affairs Committees, and has been a strong advocate on behalf of small businesses, veterans, and seniors.
In November, Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-CA) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) were elected as Chair and First Vice Chair, respectively, of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Rep. Sanchez is in her sixth term representing the 38th District of California. She currently serves as Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee and is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. She has been a longtime advocate for Social Security, health care, and education.
Rep. Lujan Grisham is serving her first term representing the 1st District of New Mexico. She serves on the Agriculture, Budget, and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. Health care and seniors have been among her top priorities in Congress.
Also in November, the Congressional Black Caucus elected Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) as First Vice Chair, and Karen Bass (D-CA) as Secretary. Rep. Clarke is in her fourth term representing the 9th District of New York. She currently serves on the Ethics, Homeland Security, and Small Business Committees and has been a strong advocate for affordable housing, health care, and education.
Rep. Bass is serving her second term representing the 37th District of California. A member of the Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees, she has been a strong advocate for foster care and adoption and education, and against trafficking.
Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Domestic Violence in Professional Sports
On December 2, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing, Addressing Domestic Violence in Professional Sports.
"The NFL is taking a number of steps to improve how we respond to incidents of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault involving our employees and personnel," said Troy Vincent, executive vice president, Football Operations, at the National Football League (NFL). Noting that he had grown up in a household where domestic violence occurred, Mr. Vincent continued, "Our goal is nothing less than a set of clear rules to govern accountability for misconduct and to establish a fair process for player and employee discipline."
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