Barbara Lee wins DNC seat

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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.