Is the House tilting progressive?

Caucus includes 60 of 127 Dems in the chamber

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

With record membership, the House Progressive Caucus has picked its co-chairs for the 2019-2020 legislative session, re-electing one past leader and tapping a new one for the post.

Reps. Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield and Jack Patrick Lewis of Framingham will helm the 60-member caucus, the House Progressives announced Wednesday afternoon.

Farley-Bouvier co-chaired the caucus last session with Byron Rushing, a longtime lawmaker who was ousted in last September’s primary by fellow Boston Democrat Rep. Jon Santiago.

While both legislative branches are under the control of Democrats, the House and Senate in recent years have often exhibited the divide among Massachusetts Democrats, with the House often showing moderate leanings and the Senate embracing more progressive views.

The House Progressive Caucus said its members are “committed to the goal of promoting social, economic, and environmental justice for all people of the Commonwealth.”

In a statement, Farley-Bouvier said that she and Lewis would “provide the infrastructure to facilitate an inclusive process as the caucus builds on past successes and continues with our goals of learning from each other and advocating for shared priorities.”

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Sixty members is a record high for the caucus, Farley-Bouvier said. Democrats hold 127 seats in the 160-member House.

The Senate Progressive Caucus, which counts 18 of the 34 Democratic senators as members, is chaired by Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton.