Biden taps Atlanta mayor for senior DNC role

Biden taps Atlanta mayor for senior DNC role
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE has tapped Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance BottomsKeisha Lance BottomsEverytown recruiting gun violence survivors to run for office An exhausting year takes toll on nation's mayors Why won't the national media cover the story Americans care about most? MORE to serve in a top post at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), where she'll focus on voter engagement and protection.

"I’m honored and humbled to be endorsed by @JoeBiden for Vice Chair of the @DNC. I’m ready to build on our party’s progress to make a better future for all Americans," Bottoms said in a tweet Thursday.

Bottoms earned national recognition last year for spearheading Atlanta's response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as her work alongside former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams turning out Georgia's Democratic voters in the general election and subsequent Senate runoffs last week.

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Bottoms was floated as a potential running mate for Biden before he picked Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Harris facilitates coin toss at Howard University football game Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE.

At the DNC, Bottoms will be the vice chair of civic engagement and voter protection.

Biden on Thursday also named former South Carolina Senate candidate Jaime Harrison to serve as DNC chair, with Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerGovernors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight Protesters crash former Detroit police chief's gubernatorial announcement event Former Detroit police chief launching gubernatorial campaign vs. Whitmer next week MORE (D) and Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthTop Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE (D-Ill.) as vice-chairs.

The DNC will be faced with the daunting task of defending narrow Democratic majorities in the House and Senate during the 2022 midterm elections, when the party that occupies the White House tends to lose congressional seats.

"We need to elect Democrats across our country and up and down the ballot. To do that is going to take tireless leadership, committed to strengthening Democratic infrastructure across our states. These leaders are battle-tested and ready for this immense task. I know they will get the job done," Biden said in a statement Thursday.