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Democratic Congressman: "We Need To Refresh Our Leadership Group"

"Well, all that I can do is get in trouble by answering that question..."

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Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky says House Republicans have done a better job than Democrats at refreshing their leadership ranks over time and urged his party to follow suit.

"Well, all that I can do is get in trouble by answering that question," said Yarmuth on the Joe Elliott Show on 970WGTK Wednesday. "I have been one who has talked about our leadership on a number of occasions, about our need to get newer faces representing our party. And it's not a reflection on Nancy, it's not reflection on Steny Hoyer or on Jim Clyburn or on any of those leaders who are all very competent and have done great service to the country, but Republicans have been much better at bringing up new faces and refreshing their leadership group over the last few years. We need to refresh our leadership group."

Yarmuth added he "didn't have any option" but to vote for Pelosi as Minority Leader.

House Democrats re-elected Pelosi as Minority Leader in November, as well as all other senior Democratic leaders.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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