Long Beach-area Congresswoman Laura Richardson was recently elected to the House of Representatives’ Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and will serve as one of two regional whips in the upcoming 112th Congress.

Richardson will represent the 17 members of the Southern California area–districts 21 through 53–and will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 5. There is also the option that she could be elected to another two-year term.

Among her duties are gauging support for legislation within her region, distribution of legislative information to members and keeping them focused on the overall Democratic legislative agenda.

“For a junior member of Congress, to be elected to a leadership position with such significant impact on Democratic policy, it is just such an honor,” Congresswoman Richardson continued. “I take the responsibility of the office very seriously and will work diligently to ensure Democrats continue to move our nation forward in the coming years.”