Matheson joins leadership of conservative Blue Dog group

Matheson joins leadership of conservative Blue Dog group


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Washington, D.C. -- Utah Representative Jim Matheson joined the leadership team of the Blue Dog Coalition, a fiscally conservative group of congressional democrats.

Matheson, a senior member of the Blue Dogs, was named the Co-Chair for Communications, Wednesday.

The Blue Dog Coalition, formed in 1995, consists of 52 conservative and moderate congressional democrats. Taken from the South's longtime description of a party loyalist as one who would vote for a yellow dog if it were on the ballot as a Democrat, the "Blue Dog" moniker was taken by members of The Coalition because their moderate-to-conservative-views had been "choked blue" by their party in the years leading up to the 1994 election. The group is particularly active with fiscal issues with an eye on balancing the national budget.
"Jim Matheson is a well-respected member who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position," said Representative Charlie Melancon (D-LA), former Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications. "I look forward to continuing work with him and other Blue Dogs in the future as an active member of the Coalition."

Matheson joins Representatives Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD), Baron Hill (D-IN) and Heath Shuler (D-NC) on the Blue Dog leadership team.

"This is not only a pivotal time for the Blue Dogs, but for the nation as a whole. The decisions we make now will have a significant impact on future generations of Americans," said Matheson. "The role of the Blue Dogs as a moderating force in Congress is important now, more than ever, and I look forward to leading their efforts to bring increased fiscal responsibility and accountability to the federal government."

There are currently 52 members of the Blue Dog Coalition, which believes in partisan politics, financial stability and national security.

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