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Rosen to lead Senate Democrats' efforts to support female candidates

Rosen to lead Senate Democrats' efforts to support female candidates
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Senate Democrats’ campaign arm announced Wednesday that Sen. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenBipartisan Senate proposal would grant million to minority businesses Fighting cybercrime begins in the classroom Democratic senators call on CDC to boost accessibility of vaccine scheduling for seniors MORE (Nev.) will lead its effort to recruit and support female candidates running for the upper chamber. 

Rosen is being tapped to chair the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s (DSCC) Women’s Senate Network for the 2022 cycle, during which Democrats will be defending and seeking to expand their narrow 50-50 majority. The body funnels millions of dollars each cycle to support female candidates, with some of that money in 2018 going to Rosen and Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSinema, Romney propose bill to tackle student loan debt House committee approves DC statehood bill Romney, Sinema teaming up on proposal to raise minimum wage MORE (D-Ariz.), both of whom flipped GOP-held seats, as well as nine other women who won reelection two years ago.

“We need more Democratic women running for office, and we need more Democratic women serving in the Senate,” Rosen said. “Electing more women means having more leaders in our democracy working tirelessly to build an economy and health care system that empowers women."

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“I know from my own race how important the Women’s Senate Network is, and I’m ready to get to work with the DSCC to help ensure we return our fantastic incumbents like Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoTo encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision RNC rolls out ad campaign hitting Democrats over election reform Senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand electric vehicle charging tax credit MORE and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanSchumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists MORE to the Senate and grow our majority with new women leaders,” she added. 

Beyond recruiting more women to run for office, which has become a priority for both parties, Rosen will be charged with defending Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.) and Maggie Hassan (N.H.), both of whom are up for reelection next year and are previous chairs of the Women’s Senate Network. 

“The Women’s Senate Network has done critical work to elect and re-elect so many of our phenomenal colleagues, and I’m proud to work alongside Jacky as we focus on 2022,” said DSCC chair and Sen. Gary PetersGary PetersHillicon Valley: Biden nominates former NSA deputy director to serve as cyber czar | Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after all | Biden pressed on semiconductor production amid shortage Bipartisan lawmakers signal support for Biden cybersecurity picks The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes MORE (D-Mich.). “We have an important task ahead of us to protect and expand our majority, and I know Jacky and the Women’s Senate Network will be key partners in this fight.”

The Senate Democratic caucus currently includes 16 women. Besides Cortez Masto and Hassan, Illinois Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthLawmakers demand justice for Adam Toledo: 'His hands were up. He was unarmed' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Overnight Defense: Biden officially rolls out Afghanistan withdrawal plan | Probe finds issues with DC Guard helicopter use during June protests MORE is also up in 2022, though she is expected to easily win reelection.