Congressman Clyburn Congratulates Menendez and Will Seek Chairmanship

Dec 9, 2005

Washington, DC) - House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair James E. Clyburn today issued the following statement regarding the announcement that New Jersey Governor-Elect Jon Corzine will appoint House Democratic Caucus Chair Bob Menendez to fill his unexpired Senate term. 

"I applaud Governor-elect Corzine's selection of Bob Menendez to succeed him in the U.S. Senate.  Bob has been a strong leader as Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and it has been my honor and privilege to serve as Vice Chair under his dynamic leadership.  

 "Sometime ago I announced my candidacy to succeed Bob as Chair, and although this opportunity comes a year before I had expected I will seek to fill the remaining year of Bob's term.  Ours is an inclusive Party, and our leadership reflects our nation's values and diversity.  If elected Chair, I will continue Bob's stewardship and the House Democrats' commitment to protect America's families, faith and future."