New Democrat Coalition Celebrates Addition of New Members Reps. Shontel Brown and Nikema Williams
Now 97 Members Strong, NDC is the Largest House Democratic Ideological Caucus
Today, New Dems unanimously voted to induct Representatives Shontel Brown (OH-11) and Nikema Williams (GA-05) as the Coalition’s newest Members, making the New Democrat Coalition the largest House Democratic ideological caucus with 97 members. New Dems welcome Reps. Brown and Williams and look forward to working together to advance policies that create good-paying jobs, grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and give all Americans the opportunity to succeed.
“New Dems are excited about the ideas, dedication, and experience Representatives Shontel Brown and Nikema Williams bring to the Coalition as we work on policies to create opportunities for all Americans and grow our economy,” said NDC Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01). “New Dems are delivering real results for the American people in the 117th Congress with the American Rescue Plan, the bipartisan infrastructure law, and the Build Back Better Act. As the largest House Democratic ideological caucus, we will build on this work and continue to get things done for the American people.”
“I’m honored to become the newest Member of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of solutions-oriented Democrats dedicated to bridging the partisan divide and delivering real results for the American people,” said Rep. Shontel Brown (OH-11). “As we work to tackle the pressing challenges facing our nation, I look forward to working with the Coalition to advance President Biden’s vision to build back better—and more equitably—than before. Thank you to Chair DelBene and all NDC members for welcoming me to the coalition with open arms.”
“Atlanta unfortunately has the largest racial wealth gap in the country,” said Rep. Nikema Williams (GA-05). “The fates of our businesses and the people who work there are interconnected. In Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District, we’ve seen how corporate partners can work together with elected officials and community leaders to serve the people and advance social justice. My district is a global business hub and one of the strongest incubators of Black wealth. As a member of the New Democrat Coalition, I’ll continue to focus on pro-growth policies that will help to close the racial wealth gap, bringing us one step closer to the promise of America for all, regardless of your ZIP code or bank account."
Rep. Brown currently represents the district previously held by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Marcia L. Fudge. She is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Rep. Williams represents the district formerly held by her mentor and friend, the late John Lewis. She is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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