Kind Elected Chair of Centrist New Democrat Coalition11/14/12
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind today was elected leader of the New Democrat Coalition, a centrist group of over 50 Democratic members - one quarter of the entire Democratic Caucus, focused on harnessing American ingenuity and advocating pro-growth strategies. Kind has been a member of the Coalition since 1997 and vice-chair since 2003.
“I’m honored to work with a group of my colleagues who are, above all, dedicated to creating jobs and getting our economy back on track,” said Rep. Kind. “It’s going to take hard work and a willingness to rise above the partisanship and find common ground to address our nation’s challenges. But I know that our commitment to building a more prosperous economy and fostering an environment where American workers and small businesses can thrive will help us come together, do what’s right for the American people, and create an economy that is built to last.”
The New Democrat Coalition is dedicated to maintaining America’s standing as the world’s most innovative and competitive nation. Founded in 1997, the New Democrats firmly believe in the power of American ingenuity and are focused on finding ways to foster this creativity to grow our economy, create new jobs, ensure a safer and more secure future for our country, and make sure that all Americans can be full participants in the global economy.
The organization is comprised of a range of members from across the country. Many are former entrepreneurs, small business owners, physicists, doctors, and local policy makers who have brought their practical and real world experience to both this organization and the U.S. Congress.
“We have an opportunity now to find ways to work across the aisle and bring our country back together again,” said Rep. Kind. “The New Democrat Coalition can play a critical role in achieving that.”
The Coalition consists of seven task forces. They are:
• Financial Services and Retirement Security
• Health Care
• National Security
• Tax Reform and Fiscal Responsibility
• Technology, Education, and Entrepreneurship
• Trade, Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing