December 21, 2022
Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington state will lead House Democrats’ campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to an announcement Tuesday by New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the incoming House Democratic leader.
As chair of the DCCC, DelBene vowed to mount an aggressive effort to retake the House, which Republicans are due to hold by a margin of just five seats.
We’re going out not only to defend our current seats, but also to expand our map and to take back the majority,” she said at a press conference Wednesday.
Jeffries selected DelBene himself after House Democrats voted to empower him to pick a DCCC chair on Nov. 30, the same day that they tapped him to serve as their leader.
Explaining the choice at Wednesday’s press conference, Jeffries cited DelBene’s record of wins in what was once a suburban Seattle swing seat, her service as finance co-chair for the DCCC in 2018, and her ultimately prescient belief that Democrats could flip a GOP-held seat in southwestern Washington state when few other top Democrats agreed.
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