Pelosi vows to expand leadership team

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution 5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations GOP lawmaker: Trump has engaged in multiple actions that 'meet the threshold for impeachment' 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. IsraelIsrael needs bipartisan support For now, Democrats need to investigate but not impeach Why Dems need to go on Fox News MORE (D-N.Y.), who was installed by Pelosi, was replaced by three co-chairs — Reps. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDem rep: You can't be a Democrat if you don't support abortion, LGBTQ rights Dem facing primary challenge says he'll vote for LGBT equality bill Dem campaign leader to hold fundraiser for Lipinski next month MORE (Ill.), Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesThe CASE Act is an opportunity for creators to have rights and remedies Dems struggle to make Trump bend on probes Black caucus leader Karen Bass finds herself in high demand MORE (N.Y.) and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHere are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act Rhode Island lawmaker makes pitch to firms boycotting Georgia abortion law 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 TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens 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 FudgeHouse Administration Committee to make election security a 'primary focus' Dems rally behind Omar as Trump escalates attacks Congressional Black Caucus faces tough decision on Harris, Booker 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 CartwrightHouse Dems up funding for science agencies, ignoring proposed Trump cuts Overnight Energy: Dems press Interior chief to embrace climate action | Lawmakers at odds on how to regulate chemicals in water | Warren releases climate plan for military Interior chief dismisses climate concerns in first Natural Resources hearing: 'I haven't lost any sleep over it' MORE (Pa.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellPompeo, Army chief of staff attend ceremony honoring Bob Dole Nearly 40 percent of species worldwide face extinction — unless we reverse wildlife crisis A watershed day for 'Medicare for all' MORE (Mich.), Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralDems charge ahead on immigration Hispanic Caucus asks for meeting with top immigration official New Zealand mosque killings raise fears among US Muslims MORE (N.Y.), John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiOvernight Defense: Lawmakers on edge over Iran tensions | Questions rise after State pulls personnel from Iraq | Senators demand briefing | House panel advances 0B Pentagon spending bill | Warren offers plan on climate threats to military House Dems unveil bill to limit Pentagon's ability to transfer military construction dollars Unchain seniors from chained inflation index MORE (Calif.) and Ted LieuTed W. LieuThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration Don't tell Marianne Williamson she can't win The Hill's Morning Report - Can Barr and House Dems avert contempt clash? 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 DelBeneNewDems put ideas over politics at 'NEXT' — a policy conference Koch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority Lobbying world 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 LeeOvernight Health Care: HHS issues rule requiring drug prices in TV ads | Grassley, Wyden working on plan to cap drug costs in Medicare | Warren to donate money from family behind opioid giant Dem lawmaker shares video of herself dancing to Beyonce for Dance Week Lawmakers renew push to create American Latino Smithsonian museum 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.