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 RosenOvernight Energy & Environment — Starting from 'scratch' on climate, spending bill Bipartisan lawmakers announce climate adaptation bill Eight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs 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 SinemaVoting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? Biden: A good coach knows when to change up the team The Memo: Biden looks for way to win back deflated Black voters 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 MastoDemocrats torn over pushing stolen-election narrative These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Overnight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks MORE and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanDemocrats torn over pushing stolen-election narrative These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race 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 PetersDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Michigan Republican John James 'strongly considering' House run Officials point to Apache vulnerability in urging passage of cyber incident reporting bill 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 DuckworthThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans We must learn from the Afghanistan experience — starting with the withdrawal MORE is also up in 2022, though she is expected to easily win reelection.