WASHINGTON – In late 2019, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi was looking for someone to lead the historic debate over President Trump's impeachment, she chose an experienced Democrat who had impressed her with a tough, capable parliamentary hand: Colorado Representative Diana DeGette .
"As I sit here in the speaker's chair, I can only imagine how serious this debate is for the future of our republic," she wrote on Twitter at the time. "Being asked to preside over the House for this important moment in our nation's history is a real honor."
Now Ms. Pelosi has turned to Ms. DeGette again, this time as impeachment manager to prosecute the case against Mr. Trump in the Senate. In choosing the Colorado congressman, she chose someone with extensive experience in the House and chair of the presiding officer.
First elected in 1996, Ms. DeGette was the Democrats' chief deputy whip for 14 years – the member of leadership responsible for vote counting, known in congressional parlance as whipping. She often holds the gavel in the room and rotates in and out of the chair, as the members usually do.
On Capitol Hill, she has earned a place in health policy and as an advocate for reproductive rights – a portfolio of legislation dating back to her days as state legislature in the 1990s, when she issued the so-called 'bubble bill' who wrote a 8-foot privacy bubble around every person within 100 feet of a Colorado health facility, including abortion clinics. The bill survived a challenge from the Supreme Court.
She is also the author of it 21st Century Cures Act, a 2016 measure designed to accelerate the development of medical products and bring new innovations and advancements to patients who need them faster and more efficiently. It was one of the last bills signed into law by President Barack Obama.
When the Democrats retook the majority of the House in 2018, Ms. DeGette announced her intention to run to the top whip slot, which would have made her the No. 3 Democrat in the House. But she eventually withdrew from the race, citing "internal pressure" from Democrats to rally with Ms Pelosi's existing leadership striumvirate; Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, majority leader; and Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the current whip.
On Tuesday she said she was & # 39; honored & # 39; was to assist with this second impeachment attempt.
"Trump has shown that he is a real danger to this country," she said wrote on Twitter. "I look forward to doing my part to remove him from office immediately."