BOSTON — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, announced Monday that the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign has named her to serve as floor whip for the Massachusetts delegation at the Democratic National Convention next week in Philadelphia.
In her role as whip, Farley-Bouvier will serve as the primary conduit of information between the national campaign and the Massachusetts delegates pledged to Clinton.
"As a Democrat, I'm delighted to be attending this historic convention and am honored to play this key role on the convention floor," said Farley-Bouvier. "It will be a new and exciting experience in particular because I am a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, and I am thrilled to be there as she is officially nominated."
Farley-Bouvier also worked on the candidate's 2008 run for the presidency.
"Tricia's organization and communication skills make her an ideal choice for this important role," said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Tom McGee. "Floor whips play a critical part in the convention by ensuring information is distributed to delegates in a fast and efficient manner."
The Massachusetts delegation to the convention is made up of people elected from all nine of the Congressional districts as well as at-large delegates and super delegates. Delegates include local activists and elected officials, including the Attorney General, Treasurer, Speaker of the House, Senate president, Secretary of State and the mayors of Boston and Holyoke.
Farley-Bouvier said the 2016 national convention will be her first, adding, "I am excited about going and excited to be entrusted with this role of whip."
She said that, unlike at some of the hotly contested conventions of the past, "the biggest role is communicating," rather than keeping supporters of one's candidate in line during voting. Farley-Bouvier said she will be have five "whip captains" working with her among the approximately 70 Clinton delegates from Massachusetts, and in turn will coordinate communications with a New England region campaign staff member.
"It has already begun," she said, with Clinton delegates setting up a "conversation tree" that will operate through the convention, July 25-28.