Gonzalez inducted to New Dem Coalition

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, was one of eight legislators inducted into the New Democrat Coalition, a group of 68 Democrats focused on advancing pro-business and financially responsible policies, according to a news release from his office.

“Now more than ever, it is important that we put politics aside and approach challenges together,” Gonzalez said in the prepared statement. “I am proud to join the New Democrat Coalition — a group that values good governance and welcomes new ideas. I look forward to working with my fellow New Democrats to build consensus and tackle the very issues Americans care about.”

Gonzalez joins seven other members of the U.S. House of Representatives as the newest members of the coalition: Reps. Brenda L. Lawrence of Michigan, Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Al Lawson Jr. of Florida, Donald A. McEachin of Virginia, Raul Ruiz of California, Thomas R. Suozzi of New York and Marc A. Veasey, also of Texas.

New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Hines welcomed the new inductees, calling them “solution-oriented members.”

“They will help the coalition continue to move beyond the partisan divide in Washington to advance innovative, pro-growth policies that will help all Americans and keep our nation secure,” Hines said.