WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), released the following statements regarding the passing of Joel Silberman, a champion of the progressive movement and a vital ally and friend of the Congressional Progressive Caucus:

“Joel Silberman was a remarkable friend and an essential partner to the progressive community, working every day to advance causes that make a difference in the lives of countless Americans. From helping to shape policies that touch every corner of our nation, to ensuring that our message resonated with the American people, Joel truly gave his heart and soul to the progressive movement. The impact of Joel’s lifelong commitment to uplifting progressive causes will continue to be felt for years to come,” said Pocan. “Joel battled his cancer with extraordinary grace and humor, using his personal experience to champion healthcare as a human right for all. He will certainly be missed, and my thoughts are with Joel’s husband Michael and his family and friends during this time.”

“Joel Silberman lived a life of purpose that took him from the stages of the world’s premier performance venues, to the most important political institutions in the world. He harnessed his talents for the arts and applied them to politics in a unique and innovative way that truly connected progressive policies with the people,” said Grijalva. “Joel radiated a passion for equality and justice, and I extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends as they celebrate his life and legacy in the coming days.”


The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus, with over 70 members standing up for progressive ideals in Washington and throughout the country. Since 1991, the CPC has advocated for progressive policies that prioritize working Americans over corporate interests, fight economic and social inequality, and promote civil liberties. The CPC champions progressive policy solutions like comprehensive immigration reform, a $15 national minimum wage, fair trade, gun violence reform, debt-free college, and making the federal government a Model Employer.