Thursday, January 04, 2007

Berry Picked By Democratic Leadership to Serve on Senior Whip Team

Today House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) appointed me to the Senior Whip team for the 110th Congress. This appointment comes just weeks after Democratic leaders asked me to serve as Vice-Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

I am pleased the Democratic leadership chose an Arkansas moderate to play such a key role in shaping policy. The Democratic Caucus will accomplish a lot over the next few years, and I am excited to be right in the middle of these important decisions.

As a Senior Whip, I will have the opportunity to meet with other senior members and opinion leaders to discuss long-range policy goals and issues facing Congress. Our team will think strategically about how an issue impacts certain Members or groups and develop strategies to ensure legislative success for policy goals.

The Whip team is responsible for mobilizing party unity on important legislation and acting as a liaison between Members and the Democratic Leadership. I will not only advise Members on key legislation, but help the Democratic Leadership convey priorities during difficult votes.