PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) Representative David Cicillin, who is running for fourth place in the Democratic House leadership, was backed by his LGBTQ colleagues on Thursday.
The Equality Caucus, which is made up of seven LGBTQ lawmakers, endorsed Cicillin’s campaign to become Deputy Speaker of the House, saying in a statement that he “has an incredible work ethic and the ability to deliver the results that are needed right now – and absolutely essential to maintain a Democratic majority in the House. ”
Cicillin was elected to Congress in 2010 and in 2018 became chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
He is also the only openly gay member of the House leadership and co-chair of the Equality Caucus.
“Representation matters. When Democrats vote next week in our caucus election, it is essential that our community does not lose its voice at the leadership table, ”The Equality Caucus said in a statement. “As an LGBTQ man, he personally understands the damage Donald Trump has done – especially to young LGBTQ Americans – through his words and actions.”
Representative Jim Langevin, who serves alongside Cicilline, took to Twitter on Friday announcing his intention to vote in favor of his election to this post.
“My friend and colleague David Cicillin and I worked together in the House to get results in Rhode Island,” Langevin wrote. “I look forward to voting for him as an assistant speaker.”
The House is expected to vote next Wednesday. Cicillin is facing Massachusetts Representative Katherine Clark for the position, which opened when the current Deputy Chairman, Representative Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, was elected to the Senate.