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No. 10: Andrew Kim, Tom Malinowski, Mikie Sherrill, Jeff Van Drew

Power 100

Clockwise from top left, U.S. Reps. Andrew Kim, Tom Malinowski, Jeff Van Drew and Mikie Sherrill,

Politico recently called U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill “the most important woman in Congress” even though fellow freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has been at the center of Washington politics since her upset primary victory last fall.

In fact, all four of New Jersey’s newly elected Democrats – Sherrill, Kim, Malinowski and Van Drew – rank among the most important people in the capital for a simple reason: they helped deliver the House majority to the Democrats by winning Republican-held seats in the 2018 midterm elections.

Congressional Democrats seem to recognize the Garden State quartet’s importance. Sherrill and Kim both landed spots on the high-profile Armed Services Committee and both were named to chair subcommittees. Van Drew is serving on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, a strong perch from which to serve a district that includes farmland and miles of shoreline.

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