Why He Matters
Crowley has been involved in politics since he was a child working on his uncle's campaigns. The Queens native has represented his home district for more than a decade and his time is divided between the parochial interests of home and a global focus that has come from serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Crowley has also aggressively climbed the House Democratic leadership ladder since arriving in Washington. He served on the House Steering Committee, which makes committee assignments. He also sat as the vice-chair for finance of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Crowley also served as chair of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), a group of moderate Democrats focused primarily on economic growth. "What we are, and what we've become, is kind of the sweet spot here in the Democratic Caucus to get bills passed," Crowley told Politico.
Never seriously challenged for reelection, Crowley is in prime position to become a leading House Democrat for the foreseeable future.
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