Longtime Democratic operative Guy Cecil will serve as executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2012 cycle, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced Wednesday. 

Cecil succeeds J.B. Poersch and is tasked with helping Democrats keep their tenuous majority in the Senate given a tough 2012 map for the party.

“Guy is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts to keep Democrats in control of the US Senate,” DSCC Chair Patty Murray said in a statement. “He's a singular talent with the experience necessary to tackle the challenges and maximize the opportunities presented over the next two years. I'm thrilled he's agreed to join me as we work to deliver for the American people and strengthen our majority.”

Cecil served as national political director for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. 

He most recently served as chief of staff to Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), helping steer him through a tough 2010 campaign against Republican Ken Buck.