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Barack Obama To Meet With Newly Elected Congress

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is hosting the event on Monday.

Former President Barack Obama will meet with new House Democrats at a reception in their honor.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is hosting the event to celebrate the fresh faces of the 116th Congress. The reception takes place following the conclusion of House votes on Monday. POLITICO says they obtained the invitation to Obama, and clarify the event is reserved for members and "limited" to the 60-plus freshman class.

Obama was heavily involved in last November’s midterms, endorsing dozens of candidates both at the national and state levels, while also campaigning for several of the highest-profile Democrats running — including Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT). Obama endorsed Hayes when she ran for the 5th District congressional seat last year, and awarded her teacher of the year in 2016.

While some of the freshman class may never have met the former president before, about a dozen of the new lawmakers worked in his administration, including Lauren Underwood (D-IL) who was a senior advisor in the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Underwood received his endorsement in Hawaii — Obama's home state — and became the youngest black woman elected to Congress.

Pelosi's reception will be held at the house of Esther Coopersmith; a well-known Washington hostess who served as a representative to the United Nations during Jimmy Carter’s administration.


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