Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who was recently elected to the U.S. Senate, is slated to serve as the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
As the head of the DSCC, the Maryland Democrat will be placed in charge of defending 25 Senate seats during the 2018 election cycle — many of which are expected to be an uphill battle for the party.
Van Hollen, who beat Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards in his Senate primary, served as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles before stepping down from the job — bringing past fundraising experience to the job.
Senate leadership praised the choice, saying he was the optimal candidate to fill the role.
“Chris Van Hollen was our first choice for DSCC chairman because of his talents, his work ethic, and his experience. He has the confidence of our caucus and will do a great job for our candidates running in 2018,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, who will soon replace Harry Reid as minority leader, said in a statement.
Colorado Sen. Corey Gardner is expected to chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2018 cycle.
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