Senior whips are a group of seasoned members of the House of Representatives and caucus opinion leaders who meet on an ongoing basis to discuss key issues facing the U.S. Congress.
Senior whips also bring balance and diverse perspective to the Whip Operation, which is necessary to tackle some of the more complex pieces of legislation before the U.S. Congress.
“It is an honor to serve as a senior whip, alongside Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and our colleagues,” Clarke, daughter of Jamaican immigrants and representative for the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, told the Caribbean Media Corporation.
Clarke said she was “delighted to use my leadership within the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and experience within the House Homeland Security Committee to best serve the most diverse caucus in American history, as well as the nation that we love.”
Clyburn said he was “pleased” that Clarke will be joining his whip team as senior whip for the 116th Congress.
“She will play a key role in ensuring that every voice of the most diverse caucus ever is heard,” he said.
“As we begin to advance an agenda that will have a positive impact on Americans’ everyday lives, Congresswoman Clarke will be an invaluable member of the Whip team helping us secure the necessary votes to pass critical pieces of legislation.”
Clarke will also serve as a co-chair of the Medicare For All Caucus during the 116th Congress.