dick berman of illinois reelected as senate democratic whip. chuck schumer did not say who will replace senator john caster who faces reelection, but they created a new leadership post for bernie sanders. the independent from vermont, senators elizabeth warren and mark warner also will serve as policy advisers and they have been given new titles serving as vice chairs of the senate democratic conference. the democrats did go on camera this morning to talk about those leadership elections. paul kane who covers the senate for the "washington post" said the first senate democratic leadership team presser without harry reid in 18 plus years. bit jarring not seen him there. we will look now at that senate democratic agenda news conference. >> we had a great meeting. went very smoothly. i am humbled, truly humbled and honored to receive their support of my colleagues to be the next leader of the senate democratic caucus. i am even prouder to introduce the team joining up here today, which i will get into soon. i came into this job fully aware of its
ari berman's book "give us the ballot: the modern struggle for voting rights in america," i love john's book and ari berman's too but this when i found particularly important. it is about what happened before and after the voting rights act was enacted in 1965 when lbj was president. it is a history i had never heard before. it was my honor to serve in congress with john lewis, one of the most incredible people you can ever meet. john was very modest. everybody talks in congress about that. this book talks not only about john and all the other members of the civil rights movement, the importance of their work, also what has been happening since 1965, the attacks on the voting rights act, to scale it back, diminishing and so forth. that is particularly important issue to be considering, knowing that we have states across the country where restrictive laws on voting rights are being enacted, arizona obviously is no exception. i want to welcome you all and thank you for being here and i want to pose the first question to each of our panelists. did i not mention -- thank you. bad moderator.
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