Perlmutter scores Dem leadership post with election as regional whip

Democrat Ed Perlmutter, who easily won re-election to a second term representing Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, adds his name to the growing ranks of the state’s delegation in leadership positions. The House Democratic Caucus selected Perlmutter to serve as regional whip — counting votes and enforcing party discipline — for the Mountain West and Northwest, his office announced Friday.

On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named freshman Democrat Jared Polis to the party’s influential Steering and Policy Committee. Denver’s Diana DeGette, the dean of the Colorado delegation, serves as deputy whip.

Perlmutter and Nevada’s Diana Titus take over for Rep. Rick Larsen of Washington, whose regional whip duties in the previous Congress will be divided between the two. The Colorado Democrat will be responsible for Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

“I am honored to be chosen by my peers to serve in this leadership role,” Perlmutter said in a statement. “We have incredible opportunities to change the direction of this country, and I look forward to working hard to help pass legislation to stabilize our economy, ease the squeeze on the hard working people in this country and ensure the safety and security of our nation.”

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