U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09) today announced he was chosen by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) to serve on the Whip Team for the 110th Congress.  In this leadership role, Smith will help Clyburn gather support for the Democratic agenda. 

“House Democrats have already accomplished several pieces of our ‘100 Hours’ agenda, including broad ethics reforms and passage of bills to raise the minimum wage, implement several 9/11 Commission recommendations, and expand embryonic stem cell research.  I’m excited about working with Majority Whip Clyburn’s whip team.  I look forward to helping to pass the new majority’s agenda,” Smith said. 

“This is a great opportunity to make sure my constituents’ points of view are given even more consideration by the Democratic Caucus,” Smith added.

The word “whip” is a British term derived from the fox-hunting position “whipper-in,” the rider who kept fox hounds gathered behind their mission.  The whip’s job in Congress is to gather support for legislation when it comes to the floor for a vote.  The Democratic Caucus relies on the whip team to deliver votes to pass its agenda.

Smith’s selection for the Whip Team is the latest of several developments that will help him represent his constituents even more effectively in Congress.  Earlier this week, Smith was named chairman of the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.  He also secured a post on the Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.  Both subcommittees are part of the larger House Armed Services Committee.