December 15, 2006
Mr. Frank Estrada
Lockhart, Texas 78644
Knowing of your interest in the opportunity in the new Congress to advance our priorities, I am writing to let you know that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed me to serve on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. This group decides the committee assignments of all Democratic Members of Congress. The Committee is also responsible for developing policy for the Democratic Caucus, and advising the leadership on a broad array of issues. An article that recently ran in the Austin American- Statesman is attached below.
When Congress returns in January, we plan to be prepared to work full time on long-neglected priorities. As I am called on to help set the agenda for the new Congress, it is helpful to hear from you, and I trust you will continue to keep me advised of your priorities in the New Year.
Doggett named to House panel
Austin Democrat to help make committee
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
WASHINGTON - Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, was one of a dozen legislators asked by incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the Democratic Steering Committee, a group of members who make the party's committee assignments.
Doggett will be in Washington most of this week reviewing the pitches various members have made for assignments. Members compete for seats on some of the top committees, including Appropriations, Ways and Means, Commerce, and Rules.
After the assignments are made, the panel will continue to work with Pelosi to be "a good sounding board on what we should be working on," Doggett said.
"I asked Congressman Doggett to serve . . . because I value his judgment and considerable intellect," Pelosi said in a statement.
"Congressman Doggett enjoys working hard at work worth doing."
U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett
201 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-4865, (512) 916-5921