DNC announces new CEO
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The Democratic National Committee announced Friday that longtime Democratic operative Jess O'Connell will take the reigns as the organization's CEO.

O'Connell most recently served as executive director of EMILY's List and has extensive experience in field organizing. 

“Jess has an impressive progressive track record and I am honored that she will lend her talents to rebuilding our party and electing Democrats,” DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said in a statement.

“She knows that we as a party need to get back to basics. We need to organize in every zip code and better communicate our message of inclusion and opportunity," he added.

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The announcement comes as Democrats look to seize on President Trump's low approval ratings to pick up vulnerable Republican-held House seats in the 2018 midterm elections. 

"Jess’ experience as a grassroots organizer and as a leader who has helped hundreds of Democratic candidates win up and down the ballot will be particularly valuable as we gear up for critical elections in 2017, 2018, and beyond,” Perez said.