Democrats lost another House member on Tuesday ahead of the midterm elections.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul chose Democrat Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY) to serve as the new Lt. Governor.
Recall, the previous Lt. Governor, Brian Benjamin, resigned last month after being charged in a bribery scandal.
“I am proud to appoint Antonio Delgado, an outstanding leader and public servant, as Lieutenant Governor of New York, and I look forward to working with him to usher in a new era of fairness, equity, and prosperity for communities across the State,” Hochul said in a statement. “We share a belief in working together to get things done for New Yorkers, and Representative Delgado has an incredible record of doing just that in Congress. With Antonio Delgado by my side serving as Lieutenant Governor, we will both make history – and make a difference.”
Fox News reported:
Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul selected Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., to serve as lieutenant governor on Tuesday, shrinking the already-slim Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.
Hochul was sworn in to replace disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year, and her previous lieutenant governor, Brian Benjamin, resigned in April following a corruption and bribery scandal. Delgado is a lawyer and former rapper who was first elected to Congress in 2018.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi currently resides over a slim Democratic majority in the chamber, with 221 Democrats and 209 Republicans. Delgado’s departure will make that majority even more slim leading into the 2022 midterm elections, which Republicans are expected to benefit from most.
There are also five vacancies in the chamber, and four are expected to be replaced with Republicans.