Senator-Elect Chris Van Hollen to Chair DSSC for 2018 Cycle

ChrisVanHollen_03-08-16Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen has agreed to serve as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) for the 2018 cycle, according to a news release.

“Chris Van Hollen was our first choice for DSCC chairman because of his talents, his work ethic, and his experience,” said Senator Charles Schumer. “He has the confidence of our caucus and will do a great job for our candidates running in 2018. The map is tough for Democrats, but I have no doubt that Senator-elect Van Hollen is up to the task.”

Van Hollen said he is looking forward to getting to work.

“Senate Democrats have an outstanding leader in Senator Schumer, and I’m honored to have the support of our caucus as I take on this new role,” said Van Hollen. “Democrats in the Senate are the last line of defense between President-elect [Donald] Trump and Washington Republicans, and so many of the values and priorities that Americans hold dear. I look forward to getting to work right away to defend American values, as well as fighting for my home state of Maryland by taking up Senator [Barbara] Mikulski’s mantle on the Senate Appropriations Committee.”

Mikulski said Van Hollen will be an excellent advocate for Maryland and the nation.

“Good news for the nation and for my home state of Maryland today,” said Mikulski. “Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen will serve on the Appropriations Committee after I retire. He brings tremendous experience and skill to the job. Senator-elect Van Hollen will be an excellent advocate for meeting the day-to-day needs of Maryland’s families and the long-range needs of the nation.”

According to a news release, Van Hollen is the first Senator-elect in history to be asked to serve as the chairman of the DSCC.

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