Clyburn elected deputy leader of House Dems, avoids contest | app

WASHINGTON (AP) — Concluding the leadership election, House Democrats have unanimously chosen Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina for a new role on Thursday, as the party whip steps down from his current post and a younger generation of Democratic leaders take the reins in the new year.

The vote for Clyburn, who is the highest-ranking black American in Congress and close to President Joe Biden, avoided a potentially divisive infighting within the party after what had been a largely drama-free transition following the midterm elections. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team are stepping down after decades at the helm.

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