Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurraySenate Dems urge White House not to roll back free birth control rule Overnight Finance: Dems introduce minimum wage bill | Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief | Border tax proposal at death's door Sanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill 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 ReidGOP frustrated by slow pace of Trump staffing This week: Congress awaits Comey testimony Will Republicans grow a spine and restore democracy? MORE (D-Nev.) has struggled to find a replacement for Sen. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezThe Mideast-focused Senate letter we need to see Taiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump MORE (D-N.J.), whose own seat is up in 2012.

Reid reportedly asked Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerHow Trump can score a big league bipartisan win on infrastructure Overnight Finance: Dems introduce minimum wage bill | Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief | Border tax proposal at death's door GOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill 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 BennetSenators introduce lifetime lobbying ban for lawmakers Undocumented activist living in church gets stay of removal Overnight Regulation: Senate confirms SEC pick | House GOP passes 'comp time' bill | MORE (D-Colo.) and Mark WarnerMark WarnerSenate Intel Committee demands Trump campaign to turn over all docs: report Mr. President: Cooperation with Russian investigation is your best play Congress must address student loan debt crisis, a national economic drag 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 McCaskillSanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Mnuchin: WH won't double-count economic growth Technology's role in human trafficking cannot be ignored MORE (D-Mo.), Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinConvicted ex-coal exec appeals case to Supreme Court Sanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Overnight Energy: Trump energy nominees face Congress | OPEC to extend production cuts MORE (D-W.Va.).

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