Leadership opportunities emerging for Democrat members of Florida’s congressional delegation
The congressional private power dancing has begun.
Where will U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Darren Soto, Ted Deutch, Charlie Crist, Alcee Hastings, Stephanie Murphy, and Florida’s other Democrats wind up sitting now that their party is taking power?
Quietly, now and over the next few weeks, Florida’s Democratic congressional members are declaring and testing their ambitions under the Democratic-controlled 116th Congress. It’s already time to start seeking, angling for, and pursuing new committee assignments, and some of the jockeying has begun as Democrats haven’t seen since 2008.
In the 115th, the last under Republican control, Florida Republicans weren’t exactly power players. None chaired any full House committees, and only a handful were sprinkled into major committees such as Ways and Means, Rules, Budget, or Appropriations. And their moment has closed now.
That dearth of Florida power in Congress might not change too much with the Democrats, as only one Florida member is the ranking members on any of the 21 U.S. House Committees, and not a powerful committee either.
But a handful of Florida Democrats are on powerful and high-profile committees, notably Wasserman Schultz on both the Appropriations and Budget committees, and Crist on the