Rep. Cuellar to hold key role for House Democrats in next Congress

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, speaks during a campaign event, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in San Antonio. (Courtesy: Eric Gay/AP Photo)

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar will be instrumental in mobilizing Congressional votes for the Democratic Party as the new Chief Deputy Whip in the 118th Congress.

As deputy whip, Cuellar will act as a liaison between congressional leaders and members of their respective parties to round up votes on key legislation.

“Although we maintained a Senate majority and a Democratic president, it is critical we continue to find common ground and pass sensible legislation that keeps our families safe, creates jobs, and spurs innovation,” the South Texas congressman said in a news release earlier this week.

Cuellar will serve under incoming Democratic Whip Katherine Clark, whom he acknowledged in his release.

“I want to thank incoming Democratic Whip Katherine Clark for providing me with this great leadership opportunity. It is an honor and a privilege to serve under new leadership and deliver for the American people,” he said.

Cuellar’s new role will also involve keeping tabs on how representatives might vote on certain legislation.

“I remain steadfast in my commitment to working under the new Whip team and with my fellow colleagues to build consensus on the ever-changing issues facing our nation,” Cuellar said. “The American people are depending on us in Congress to deliver results and keep our country moving forward.”