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Biden taps Atlanta mayor for senior DNC role

Biden taps Atlanta mayor for senior DNC role
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE has tapped Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance BottomsKeisha Lance BottomsAtlanta mayor urges fans not to travel to 'made-for-TV' NBA All-Star Game Georgia GOP legislator introduces bill to increase penalties for crimes committed during protests Georgia city removes police chief, officer for racist comments uncovered in body camera footage 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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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 Whitmer'SNL' envisions Fauci as game show host, giving winners vaccines Two men charged with making threatening calls to Michigan officials Biden sparks Twitter debate over pronunciation of Midwest supermarket chain MORE (D) and Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine Pro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget Duckworth calls for Russian bounties intelligence to be declassified 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.