Pelosi vows to expand leadership team

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Klobuchar: 'I have seen no reason why' Hunter Biden would need to testify Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression' MORE (D-Calif.) wants to expand the Democratic leadership team, marking her latest bid to win favor from her restive caucus as she seeks the Speaker’s gavel next year.

In a letter to Democrats delivered Tuesday, Pelosi proposed the creation of a new position — a chairman of the Democrats’ messaging arm — as she fights to put down a rebellion from insurgent lawmakers hoping to block her ascension to the Speaker’s chair.

The move is the latest in an evolving expansion of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), which just two year ago was headed by a single lawmaker appointed by Pelosi without the input of other members.

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Created in 2015, the office was upsized following the 2016 elections, when retiring DPCC Chairman Steve IsraelSteven (Steve) J. IsraelThe Tea Party has died of hypocrisy Specter of Nixon impeachment looming over Republican Party Democratic handwringing hits new highs over 2020 MORE (D-N.Y.), who was installed by Pelosi, was replaced by three co-chairs — Reps. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosHouse Democrats target Latino vote in Texas Impeachment inquiry might be public by mid-November: report DCCC leader advises Democrats to keep messaging on impeachment 'simple' MORE (Ill.), Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesHouse Democrat's Halloween display mourns passed bills that die in McConnell's 'legislative graveyard' Democrats unveil impeachment procedures Top Trump administration officials hail al-Baghdadi raid but stress need for resolve in fighting ISIS MORE (N.Y.) and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: California AG reveals Facebook investigation | McConnell criticizes Twitter's political ad ban | Lawmakers raise concerns over Google takeover of Fitbit | Dem pushes FCC to secure 5G networks Critics fear Google's power in Fitbit deal Google to acquire Fitbit for .1 billion MORE (R.I.) — who were elected by the full Democratic Caucus.

Pelosi’s new proposal in the leadership structure would add a fourth position at the DPCC amid the clamor from newer members for more power within a caucus that’s been controlled by the same three leaders for more than a decade.

“This enhancement to the DPCC will position House Democrats to best take advantage of the new size and diversity of our Caucus, bringing greater resources and staffing to this vital Committee,” Pelosi wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter.

Pelosi suggested the Democrats, newly empowered to the House majority, found a winning messaging formula this year in fighting for lower health-care costs, boosting middle-class wages and checking corruption in the age of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE. A new chair of the DPCC, she argued, would build on that record heading into the crucial 2020 presidential cycle.

“We must communicate that we are ready to govern and that focus will prepare us to once again own the ground for the next election,” she wrote.

The letter arrived as Pelosi is facing a determined rebellion to block her ascension to the Speaker’s chair, where she sat from 2007 to 2011. The anti-Pelosi insurgents delivered a letter on Monday arguing that voters are baying for change, beginning with a leadership overhaul, and the party needs fresh faces at the top of the leadership ranks.

Pelosi got a big boost on Tuesday when Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions House Democrats introduce new legislation to combat foreign election interference Harris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge MORE (D-Ohio), who was considering a challenge to the longtime leader, endorsed her after being offered a gavel on a subcommittee designed to empower voters in national elections.

At least six Democrats are already vying for a spot at the DPCC table, including Reps. Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightPETA asks DOJ to stop conducting training that harms animals Lawmakers express concern to DOJ over training involving 'stabbing, burning and shooting' animals Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress MORE (Pa.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDemocrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Democratic lawmakers, 2020 candidates pay tribute to Conyers Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches 'News Tab' | Senate passes bill to take on 'deepfakes' | Schumer outlines vision for electric cars MORE (Mich.), Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralTestimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense Democrats plow ahead as Trump seeks to hobble impeachment effort Lawmakers mourn death of 'Julia' star Diahann Carroll MORE (N.Y.), John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiThis week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington Trump labels Tlaib 'a despicable human being' Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify MORE (Calif.) and Ted LieuTed W. LieuWyden urges FCC to secure 5G networks against cyber threats Democrat hits White House spokeswoman after Trump appointee changes testimony PETA asks DOJ to stop conducting training that harms animals MORE (Calif.) and Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.).

The three current DPCC chairs are all running for higher positions. Cicilline is facing Rep. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), the current chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), in the race for assistant leader. Bustos wants to replace Luján at the DCCC, and is running against Reps. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneModerate Democratic lawmakers back privacy bill favored by businesses The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Association of Manufacturers - Trump, Congress draw battle lines on impeachment Lawmakers beat Capitol Police in Congressional Football Game MORE (Wash.), Denny HeckDennis (Denny) Lynn HeckExclusive: Guccifer 2.0 hacked memos expand on Pennsylvania House races Heck enjoys second political wind Incoming lawmaker feeling a bit overwhelmed MORE (Wash.) and Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.). And Jeffries is vying against Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeCongress should lift the ban on medical cannabis access for military veterans House Democrats launch process to replace Cummings on Oversight panel Democratic lawmakers, 2020 candidates pay tribute to Conyers MORE (D-Calif.) to become caucus chairman, a seat vacated by outgoing Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), who was defeated in a primary earlier in the year.