Rep. Capuano Elected Freshman Class President

November 9, 1999 -- Today U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano was elected President of his Democratic Freshman class. Rep. Capuano assumes this post in January 2000 and will serve through June 2000. Rep. David Wu from Oregon will serve from July through December of 2000.

"I am honored to serve in this capacity and look forward to working with my colleagues in the Congress on issues that matter to working families," Rep. Capuano stated.

The President of the Freshman Class works as part of the Democratic Leadership team in developing messages and sharing information to aid Freshman Democrats. The Class President is also a liaison between Freshman Democrats and the Administration. In January of 1999, Rep. Capuano was elected Regional Whip by his Democratic colleagues.

Rep. Capuano has served in Congress since January of 1999. He is a member of the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services as well as the House Committee on Science.

While in the Congress, Mike has been a tireless advocate for the residents of the 8th district. He is an ardent opponent of plans to construct an additional runway at Logan Airport because he does not believe that Massport has developed a long-term solution to regional transportation. He has testified in support of community health centers and has closely monitored the merger of Fleet Bank and Bank Boston. Earlier this year, Rep. Capuano fought for funding to advance the urban ring transportation project. In October, Congress appropriated $1 million for this project.

Rep. Capuano has introduced legislation to require Medicare coverage for vision rehabilitation services and legislation to create a permanent grant program at the Department of Justice for locally developed juvenile witness assistance programs. Both pieces of legislation are currently in House Committees.

Rep. Capuano replaces Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) whose term as class President expires at the end of this year.