Bustos switches gears in leadership bid

November 9, 2018 GMT

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos on Friday announced a change in her party leadership aspirations.

The East Moline Democrat defeated Bill Fawell on Tuesday, recapturing the 17th District by 24 points – the largest margin of victory by a Democrat in a district won by President Donald Trump.

Her latest plan is to run for chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Bustos is the only Midwesterner on the panel, which is focused on reshaping the Democrats’ image and retaining a party majority in the House.

Bustos had announced Oct. 1 that if Democrats regained a majority in the House she would make a bid for assistant Democratic leader, the fourth highest party leadership role in the House. Bustos changed her mind when DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján decided to run for that position. The New Mexico Democrat won his sixth term in Congress on Tuesday.


“As we enter into a new era of divided government, one of our top priorities must be protecting and expanding our new Democratic majority. Having worked extremely hard to help win races across the Heartland, I view this as an opportunity to continue my work while bringing the voice of both a woman and Midwesterner to the leadership table,” Bustos said in a news release.

The incoming freshman class in the House will include at least 54 Democrats, 33 of whom are women and at least 19 of whom come from Trump districts.