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Breaking News: Ryan Decides to Challenge Pelosi

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Tim Ryan, the 43-year-old congressman from the Mahoning Valley first elected in 2002, today announced his candidacy for House Democratic Leader.

In a letter sent to the 193 current and future members of the Democratic caucus, Ryan said he will be putting forward “policies and ideas to help us energize the diverse base of our party, and fight the intolerance and dangers that President-elect Trump represents.”

Ryan, D-13 Ohio, noted that in the last 18 years, “Democrats have only been in the majority of the House of Representatives for two terms and last week’s election results set us back even further.”

Here is the full text of his letter:

Last Tuesday’s election will forever be remembered as a major turning point for the United States of America. Like many Americans I was disheartened by the results, but I also realized that Democrats must not let this opportunity for change pass by without a fight.

I have spent countless hours meeting and talking to Members of our Caucus, and the consensus is clear. What we are doing right now is not working. Under our current leadership, Democrats have been reduced to our smallest congressional minority since 1929. This should indicate to all of us that keeping our leadership team completely unchanged will simply lead to more disappointment in future elections.

Over the last 18 years, Democrats have only been in the majority of the House of Representatives for two terms and last week’s election results set us back even further. We have lost over 60 seats since 2010. We have the fewest Democrats in state and federal offices since Reconstruction.  At this time of fear and disillusionment, we owe it to our constituencies to listen and bring a new voice into leadership.

The American people need to know we understand that they elected us to fight for economic opportunity for all. We need to create America 2.0 — a multicultural, progressive, and innovative country that fights every day for ordinary people.

While having a position in Democratic Leadership has never been my life’s ambition, after this election I believe we all need to re-evaluate our roles within the Caucus, the Democratic Party, and our country.  That is why I am announcing my run for Minority Leader of the Democratic Caucus and humbly request your support.

In the days and weeks ahead, I will put forward policies and ideas to help us energize the diverse base of our party, and fight the intolerance and dangers that President-elect Trump represents. I expect the entire Caucus to hold me accountable. That is why if I am successful I will not serve again without the support of two-thirds of the Caucus.

We need more voices at the Democratic Leadership table. Every member of our Caucus must play an important role in the future of our party and our country. Vote for me and I will dedicate all of my energy to lead us back into the majority. Our constituents deserve nothing less.

Thank you for your support.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.