Washington, DC--Congressman Eliot Engel issued the following statement after the House Democratic Caucus voted by acclamation to make him the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the 113th Congress.  He has been the top Democrat on the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee since January 2007.

“I feel honored and privileged to receive the backing of my colleagues, and I am excited to embark on this new challenge.  I look forward to working with members of the committee – from both sides of the aisle – as we address the many international issues facing our country today.  For the last several years, Congressman Howard Berman has been an outstanding leader on the Committee, and I hope to carry on in his tradition.  His vast knowledge of foreign affairs will be missed in Congress, and I will seek his council whenever it is needed. 

“I plan to provide a steady, consensus-driven style of leadership reflective of all voices in our party, and to work in a bipartisan manner whenever possible. The Democratic Party can be proud of the leaders it has chosen to lead our committees, and I will be working closely with my Democratic colleagues to forge a strong consensus. 

“Our committee needs to be focused on promoting American values and interests around the world, and I look forward to working with Chairman Ed Royce in the coming year to achieve those goals.  I am positive we can find many ways to work together in a bipartisan manner.

“I want to thank my colleagues for their trust and belief in my leadership, and I look forward to getting to work as soon as possible.”