POLITICO: Pelosi elevates two on Dem steering committee

By Lauren French

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has elevated two sophomores on the influential Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

The California Democrat has promoted Rep. Eric Swalwell, also of California, to vice chair of the panel and added Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee to the leadership committee.

Members of the Democratic Steering Committee are often considered de facto members of senior leadership within the House ranks. The panel helps pick who serves on House committees.

“The Steering Committee embodies the energy, drive, diversity, and strategic vision of all House Democrats,” Pelosi said.

The panel also helps House Democrats push their agenda while in the minority. The Steering Committee is hosting a hearing next week on the Flint Water crisis where Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has been asked to give testimony.

Swalwell has focused on millennial engagement during his tenure in Congress. He launched the Future Forum, a group of more newly-elected lawmakers, as a method to reach out to younger voters.

Kildee voiced early warnings on the Flint water crisis — he represents the city in Michigan — and was a leading voice during the hostage negotiations between the U.S. and Iran, given that one of his constituents was held by Tehran.