Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, was elected yesterday at the California Democratic Party‘s executive board meeting to serve as one of the state’s 19 Democratic National Committee members; she’ll start a four-year term (2008-2012) after this August’s DNC convention in Denver.
Lee issued a news release promising to bring her commitment to progressive values and coalition building to the DNC so California Democrats have a voice in the national dialogue.
“I am extremely excited at the opportunity to represent California as a member of the DNC,” she said. “It’s truly an honor to have the support of California’s Democratic E-Board. “As a lifelong progressive grassroots activist, I will work to advance the progressive values and vision of the California party members at the national level. It is time for the DNC to re-orient the Democratic Party in the true tradition of democratic values.”
As a member of Congress, Lee already was a superdelegate to this year’s convention, and was the first California House member to endorse presidential candidate Barack Obama, but this DNC seat ensures she’ll have a role in shaping Democratic Party platforms and policies for years to come. A total of 38 candidates campaigned for California’s 19 delegate seats on the DNC.