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Gay congressman loses bid for Assistant Speaker in Democratic House leadership elections

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Roll Call.Clark was first elected to the House during a special election in 2013 to replace U.S. Sen. Ed Markey following his election to the seat formerly held by then-Secretary of State John Kerry.

She has quickly risen in the ranks of a Democratic caucus that has been criticized for being overly reliant on the seniority system and stifling chances for advancement for up-and-coming political rising stars.

According to The Hill, Clark raised $4.5 million for House Democrats, donating money to 166 Democratic candidates for office, as well as to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats’ campaign arm.

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