DCCC continues to promote 2010 staffers

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continues to promote from within.

The committee on Friday revealed to staffers it has elevated Kelly Ward to the position of political director. She previously served as regional director of incumbent retention during the 2010 cycle, a source told The Ballot Box. The DCCC also promoted Travis Lowe, who had served as Midwest regional political desk. Lowe will now direct campaign operations for the committee.

The promotions come in the aftermath of a disastrous campaign cycle for the DCCC, in which it lost more than 60 seats and the Democratic majority in the House.

Still, Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), the new DCCC chairman, has already moved to fill vacant positions with internal candidates. Israel announced on Monday that that Robby Mook would be the committee's next top staffer.

Mook led the DCCC's Independent Expenditure effort in the 2010 cycle. He replaces outgoing executive director Jon Vogel.