The Democratic National Committee is creating a task force to help get the party back on track after a series of tough losses in last month’s midterm election.


The group, appointed by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, includes Gov Steve Beshear (D-Ky.), political strategist Donna Brazile and Google executive Eric Schmidt. The group seeks to examine how the party can boost its performance in future elections and will offer suggestions at two DNC meetings next year.

“This diverse group of Democratic Party officials, strategists and advocates will each bring with them expertise from their fields to collaborate on a holistic review of the Party’s past performance and present actionable areas for improvement moving forward,” Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said in a DNC statement.

The announcement comes just a month after Democrats lost the majority in the Senate, dropping almost every contested race along the way. Democrats also lost at least a dozen seats in the House and many state legislatures and governorships. 

Other members of the task force include Lee Saunders, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Rick Palacio, the chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party; Teddy Goff, the former digital director for President Obama’s 2012 reelection; Naomi Aberly, a women’s health activist who sits on the DNC’s National Finance Committee; Maria Cardona, a public relations specialist and a CNN en Espanol contributor; Marc Elias, a lawyer who specializes in election and lobbying law; and Maneesh Goyal, the founder of marketing agencies MKG and Live in the Grey. 

The Republican National Committee issued an autopsy report of its own after Obama’s 2012 reelection, which was largely seen at the time as a significant blow to the GOP’s relationship with voters. That document highlighted the need for the party to reach out to typically Democratic-leaning constituencies such as women, minorities and younger voters.