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Jayapal Eyes ‘Top’ House Democratic Leadership Role In Next Congress

  • Democrat built a reputation leading fractious progressives
  • Some in party clamoring for a new generation of leaders
Representative Pramila Jayapal

Representative Pramila Jayapal

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Representative Pramila Jayapal has her eyes on a senior Democratic leadership post as the party prepares for a generational change next year. 

The chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Jayapal has gained influence by keeping the fractious 101-member group united on key votes. She’s previously said she was considering a role in Democratic leadership. In an interview Friday, she specified her aims.