Kathy Manning secures spot on Foreign Affairs Committee

The newly sworn-in congresswoman told JI last year that she was seeking a seat on the prestigious committee

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Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC)

Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC), who was sworn into the House of Representatives on Sunday evening, will join the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday afternoon. 

The North Carolina congresswoman, who made history as the first female chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, told Jewish Insider shortly after the November election that she was seeking a spot on the influential committee.

Manning did not receive a seat on the committee in the first round of assignments given to new Democratic members in December, receiving a spot on the Education and Labor Committee instead.

Manning told JI in November that she believes her commitment to and “deep knowledge” of the U.S.-Israel relationship would allow her to use a spot on the Foreign Affairs committee to “stand up for what I believe is such an important relationship.”

The North Carolina congresswoman added that she wants to repair America’s global standing.

“President [Donald] Trump had done a lot of damage to the relationships with our allies around the world,” Manning said. “And it’s going to take a lot of work to rebuild those very important relationships. And I wouldn’t mind being part of that work.”

Freshman Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA) will also join the committee, a staffer from her office confirmed.

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