DNC Gives Sanders Campaign 5 Seats On Platform Committee
May 23, 2016

In a move intended to bring unity between Bernie Sanders' supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters, the Sanders campaign was given 5 seats on the Democratic Platform Committee. Clinton will appoint 6 members, and the DNC will add the other 4 for a total of 15.

Rep. Elijah Cummings will chair the committee.

According to the Washington Post, Sanders has appointed Keith Ellison, Cornel West, James Zogby, Bill McKibben, and native American activist Deborah Parker as his representatives to the committee.

Clinton's appointees, also according to the Post, are "Wendy Sherman, a former top State Department official and Clinton surrogate; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and longtime Clinton confidante; Rep. Luis Guttierez of Illinois; Carol Browner, a former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy; Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece and Paul Booth of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz appointed the final four, who are "former California Rep. Howard Berman; California Rep. Barbara Lee and author and executive Bonnie Schaefer," in addition to Rep. Cummings.

The appointments come after both campaigns agreed to the number of seats each should appoint. In a move toward reconciliation, the concession is also meant to open a pathway toward unity for both sides to come together.

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