The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee voted 36 to 10 this afternoon to select Rep. Nita Lowey of Harrison as first woman to serve as ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.
Lowey acknowledged that the selection is the pinnacle of her congressional career. “It certain is,’’ she said told reporters. “I came to Congress and I’ve been working hard and now to be ranking on appropriations is a pretty important assignment. I’m looking forward to it.’’
Moment prior to the vote, Lowey’s opponent in the friendly race, Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, told reporters that the two congresswomen had a “gentle ladies agreement” to end the campaign based on the steering committee’s recommendation.
The full House Democratic Caucus met immediately afterward to ratify the selection.
Lowey takes over the position when the new Congress is sworn in next month.