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David Cicilline plans to run for Assistant Democratic Leader

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., speaks during a House Democrat news conference
Rep. David Cicilline. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has sent a letter, obtained by Axios, to his colleagues announcing his intent to run as Assistant Democratic Leader if Democrats win the House in November.

Why it matters: 2018 has proven to be a strong year for diversity, and Cicilline, co-chair Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), was the first openly gay member elected to House leadership. If selected as Assistant Leader, Cicilline would become the third-ranking Democrat in the House.