Congresswoman Nikema Williams Elected Vice Chair of Democratic Women’s Caucus

Mar 22, 2023
Press

WASHINGTON Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) announced her election as Vice Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus for the 118th Congress. Congresswoman Williams will also serve as Steering and Policy Committee Liaison. Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) was elected Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus and Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández (NM-3) will serve as the other Vice Chair. 

The new DWC leadership slate was announced during Women’s History Month. This Congress, a record-breaking 94 Democratic women are serving in the House of Representatives, all of whom are members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus—including 16 Democratic women newly elected in the 118th Congress. The Democratic Women’s Caucus in the 118th Congress will also be the most racially and ethnically diverse in history.

DWC Vice Chair Nikema Williams (GA-05) said: 

“Democrats consistently prove we are the party that puts politics aside to deliver for women. Last Congress, we helped lower healthcare costs by passing the Inflation Reduction Act, protected nursing and moms and pregnant workers with the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and passed the Speak Out Act to restore the voice of sexual harassment survivors. These accomplishments are only the beginning. Whether working with House Colleagues, the Biden-Harris Administration, or the Democratic Senate Majority, the Democratic Women’s Caucus will keep fighting so every woman can thrive–no matter her ZIP Code, no matter her bank account.”

DWC Chair Lois Frankel (FL-22) said:

“With our diverse new leadership team and historic new membership, the Democratic Women’s Caucus is a powerful coalition that will make sure women’s voices are heard in the halls of power. The past election made crystal clear the power of women’s voices and women’s votes, and the Democratic Women’s Caucus won’t let anyone forget that. We’re 94 members strong, and we’re already hitting the ground running, working with Congress, the Administration, state and local governments, and the private sector to deliver for women. My message to women is simple: you can count on the Democratic Women’s Caucus to fight for girls and women in our country and around the world.”  

DWC Vice Chair Teresa Leger Fernández (NM-03) said:

“In just the first days of the 118th Congress, we’ve seen continued attacks on women and their reproductive rights, but the Democratic Women’s Caucus is here to make clear: not on our watch. In every room, at every hearing, in every debate—both in the halls of Congress and across the country— we will fight for access to abortion, equal pay for equal work, and critical investments in caregiving and health care. I am proud to help lead this fight with all my incredible colleagues in the Democratic Women’s Caucus.  There is nothing we cannot accomplish together.”

The full DWC leadership slate for the 118th Congress is: 

Chair  Rep. Lois Frankel 
Vice Chairs  Rep. Nikema Williams  Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández
Chair Emerita  Rep. Sylvia Garcia 
Policy Task Force Chairs  Rep. Kathy Manning Rep. Ayanna Pressley 
Communications Task Force Chairs  Rep. Shontel Brown Rep. Gwen Moore 
Outreach Task Force Chairs  Rep. Debbie Dingell Rep. Norma Torres Rep. Jennifer Wexton  
Member Services Task Force Chairs  Rep. Madeleine Dean Rep. Jasmine Crockett Rep. Melanie Stansbury 
Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Chair Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick 
White House Liaisons Rep. Joyce Beatty Rep. Emilia Sykes 
Senate Liaison Rep. Haley Stevens
New Democrats Coalition Liaison Rep. Susan Wild 
Progressive Caucus LiaisonRep. Delia Ramirez
Pro-Choice Caucus Liaison Rep. Judy Chu 
Steering and Policy Committee Liaison Rep. Nikema Williams 
Chief Whip Rep. Lucy McBath 
Whips Rep. Nikki Budzinski Rep. Yadira Caraveo Rep. Sydney Kamlager-Dove Rep. Jill Tokuda

Congresswoman Nikema Williams proudly serves Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District on the exclusive Financial Services Committee. She is a champion of voting rights and builds on the Fifth District’s legacy as the cradle of the civil rights movement as co-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. Congresswoman Williams is committed to closing the racial wealth gap and ensuring the promise of America for all–regardless of your ZIP code or bank account.

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