Rep. Berman Rumored for Secretary of State Job After Losing California Seat

November 8, 2012

The list of rumored replacements for secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a new name following Rep. Howard Berman's (D-Calif.) defeat Tuesday night.

Berman, a 15-term lawmaker who lost his reelection bid in California's redrawn 30th Congressional District, is drawing support from an array of lawmakers — including the Democrat who beat him, Rep. Brad Sherman. 

“I have tremendous respect for the talent and experience of Howard Berman,” Sherman, who defeated Berman in a bruising intra-party fight, told The Hill via email. “I think he would do an excellent job at any top level foreign policy position that the President might ask him to undertake.”

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who is running against Sherman to take over from Berman as the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also endorsed him.

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