Sen. Murray to head DSCC for 2012 cycle

Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurraySenate Dems demand answers from Wells Fargo over treatment of military A fight for new rights Election-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables MORE (D-Wash.) will take the helm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2012, according to a Democrat with knowledge of the decision.

Murray previously headed the DSCC in 2002, a year that saw Republicans net two Senate seats. 

Facing the prospect of defending more than 20 Democratic seats in 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidPelosi blasts GOP leaders for silence on Trump Latinos build a wall between Trump and White House in new ad The true (and incredible) story of Hill staffers on the industry payroll MORE (D-Nev.) has struggled to find a replacement for Sen. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezWarren, Menendez question shakeup at Wells Fargo Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal Dem senator: Louisiana Republican 'found Jesus' on flood funding MORE (D-N.J.), whose own seat is up in 2012.

Reid reportedly asked Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerImmigration was barely covered in the debates GOP leaders advise members to proceed with caution on Trump Senate Dems demand answers from Wells Fargo over treatment of military MORE (D-N.Y.), who headed the committe in 2006 and 2008, to take the helm for a third time but Schumer declined. Reid also approached a number of other senators about the job, including Sens. Michael BennetMichael BennetSenate poll raises Republican hopes in Pennsylvania, Florida Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs GOP Senate candidate reverses course, says he’ll vote Trump MORE (D-Colo.) and Mark WarnerMark WarnerPolicymakers face long road to financial technology regulation Liberal groups urge Schumer to reject Bayh for Banking gavel Why Yahoo's breach could turn the SEC into a cybersecurity tiger MORE (D-Va.), but they too declined.

Murray just won her own difficult reelection bid.

Republicans are bullish on taking back the Senate majority in 2012 after capturing six seats this fall. High of the list of GOP targets in two years are Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillMcCaskill offers Trump 'Mean Girls' advice Trump's taxes bump Miss Universe from headlines Dem on NYT report: Trump 'walks away with a golden ticket' MORE (D-Mo.), Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinTrump questions hound endangered Republican Dems to McConnell: Pass 'clean' extension of Iran sanctions Convicted ex-coal boss says he’s a ‘political prisoner’ MORE (D-W.Va.).

-- This post was updated at 12:31 p.m.