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Our delegation still holds clout in Washington

Peter Ubertaccio (“The state’s lost clout in Washington,” Op-ed, July 27) offers a misleading summary of the power of the Massachusetts congressional delegation.

No delegation member “holds a committee chair or leadership position in either the Senate or the House” because House Republicans, who hold a majority and are in power, naturally serve these roles. Newly elected Senator Edward Markey, himself a 20-term House member, replaces John Kerry, former Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman and now secretary of state. And, as Ubertaccio rightly notes, Senator Elizabeth Warren is hardly a newcomer to Washington.

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However, Ubertaccio downplays the clout that our nine-member House delegation currently holds, with members serving as the ranking, or lead, member on seven committees. The new dean of our House delegation, 13-term congressman Richard Neal, has said he will convene delegation meetings to better coordinate statewide economic priorities.

The key point Ubertaccio misses is that our delegation has been extremely effective in advocating for the needs of Massachusetts. In times like these, we need that type of effectiveness to keep the Commonwealth moving ahead.

Joseph M. Donovan


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