com·​mit·​tee·​man | \kə-ˈmi-tē-mən, -ˌman\

Definition of committeeman 

1 : a member of a committee

2 : a party leader of a ward or precinct

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The majority of the 80 committeemen of the city and the suburbs voted last week to move the Democratic committee in a new direction. Jacqueline Serrato,, "Garcia ally wants to move the Democratic party in a new direction," 25 Apr. 2018 Participation dropped to about 80 percent for judicial contests and to 74 percent for committeeman races. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Cook County clerk on how, when and where people voted — or didn’t vote — in March primary," 5 May 2018 Marty Quinn, who could not be reached for comment, is Madigan’s political point man in the 13th Ward, where the speaker has ruled as Democratic committeeman for decades. Ray Long,, "Ethics board says it lacks jurisdiction to take up sexual harassment inquiry into Madigan ally," 23 May 2018 Vince Fenerty was forced out of his post as secretary of the Republican City Committee in Wednesday’s election in a challenge brought by Jim Pio, a committeeman who ran unsuccessfully for state representative in the 172nd District in 2016. Phillyclout Team,, "The Delco Democrats' new leader once helped a Tea Party birther run for Congress | Clout," 8 June 2018 Paul Paulson, the county GOP state committeeman, said a few others have also expressed interest. Steven Lemongello,, "Lines being drawn in fight to succeed longtime Orange GOP chair," 9 June 2018 The race for Bloom Township Democratic committeeman, in which challenger Lori Wilcox stunned incumbent Terry Matthews, was decided by 165 votes out of nearly 10,000 ballots. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Cook County clerk on how, when and where people voted — or didn’t vote — in March primary," 5 May 2018 He was elected a Democratic state committeemen in 1970, a district leader in 1973 and an assemblyman the following year from a district that encompassed Harlem and Washington Heights. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Herman D. Farrell Jr., a Fixture of New York Politics, Dies at 86," 26 May 2018 Ken Evans, the state Democratic committeeman for Broward, said he wasn’t disturbed by the high percentage of undecided voters because the primary isn’t until August. Anthony Man,, "Suddenly, Democratic governor candidates pop up all over — and it's getting heated," 12 Jan. 2018

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1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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