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Democrats Elect Pro-israel Leadership

Democrats in the House of Representatives on Wednesday elected Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) as their new majority leader and Rep. William Gray III (D-Pa.) as their new majority whip.

Both candidates had been favored by Jewish groups over their competitors, whom they deemed as having weaker records of support for Israel.

House Democrats are scheduled to vote June 21 for a new caucus chairman to replace Gray.