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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement on Appointment to Ranking Member Position on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights

March 21, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-Calif.) named U.S. Rep. Karen Bass to serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.  Rep. Bass made the following statement regarding the appointment. 

“As the world continues to mourn the loss and celebrate the life and legacy of Congressman Donald Payne, I am humbled to carry on the extraordinary work of our dear friend and colleague. Mr. Payne was an unwavering voice for Africa’s populations and a spirited cheerleader when he promoted the enormous progress and growth the continent has made.

“It is not often that one has the opportunity to learn firsthand from such a compassionate and dynamic leader as Congressman Donald Payne, so I am honored—if even for a short time—to have received the opportunity to learn directly from his exceptional wealth of knowledge. While it will take a lifetime to gain the level of respect and reverence Mr. Payne received in America and around the world, his graceful and brave leadership style will continue to be an anchor within the Foreign Affairs Committee and our efforts within Africa.”