The Democratic National Committee has hired Mo Elleithee, a longtime Democratic strategist with close ties to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Mattis defends border deployment during visit to troops | Bolton aide exits WH after clash with first lady | House blocks Yemen war resolution | Report warns of erosion in US military superiority Exit polls show more women breaking with Republicans MORE, as its new communications director.

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Elleithee was Clinton's traveling campaign press secretary in 2008, and more recently was a top adviser on now-Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: What the midterms mean for defense panels | Pompeo cancels North Korea meeting | Trump eyes Kim summit in early 2019 | Pentagon drops name for border mission Five takeaways from a divisive midterm election GOP to retain Senate majority MORE's (D-Va.) campaign. He has also advised Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOn The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal Schumer told Warner to back off of Facebook: report Schumer reelected as Senate Democratic Leader MORE (D-Va.) and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallHillicon Valley: Trump eyes staff shake-up | Amazon taps NYC, Northern Virginia for new offices | What it will mean for DC | Tech firms buck Trump on cyber pact | Defense official warns against hacking back Dem senators pressure FTC to investigate deceptive internet marketing to children Learning the lessons of Iraq MORE (D-N.M.), the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Elleithee replaces former DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse, who spent five years in the job before leaving for the outside advocacy group Americans United for Change.

"We're thrilled to have Mo join our team, bringing with him seventeen years of experience on some of the most high-profile campaigns in the country," DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) said in a statement. "Mo's experience working in the public sector, the private sector, on issue advocacy and electoral campaigns at every level will make him an invaluable asset at the DNC and for Democrats across the country."