Pelosi vows to expand leadership team

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRisk-averse Republicans are failing the republic The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump, Saturday Night Live and why autocrats can't take a joke 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 importance of moderate voters Five questions for Beto O'Rourke The myth of the pro-Israel lobby MORE (D-N.Y.), who was installed by Pelosi, was replaced by three co-chairs — Reps. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosHouse Dems haul in record donations for February The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Crenshaw tries out Trump impersonation at Washington Press Club Foundation dinner MORE (Ill.), Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesBipartisan think tank to honor lawmakers who offer 'a positive tenor' GOP leader needles Dems on anti-Semitism resolution Dems under fire put brakes on Omar resolution MORE (N.Y.) and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineEU fines Google .7B over advertising agreements On The Money: Liberal groups pressure Dems over Trump's tax returns | Top Trump economist says tax cuts powering economy | Trump Jr. slams Theresa May over Brexit delay | Watchdog warns of 'rosy' assumptions in Trump budget Hillicon Valley: Nunes sues Twitter for 0 million | Trump links tech giants to 'Radical Left Democrats' | Facebook settles suits over ad discrimination | Dems want answers over spread of New Zealand shooting video 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 mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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 FudgeCongressional Black Caucus faces tough decision on Harris, Booker Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to step down as CBC Foundation chair amid lawsuit Reporter says to expect Capitol Hill to take action on North Carolina's 9th District 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 CartwrightThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Supreme Court justice warns Congress of security threats to lower courts Pelosi runs tight ship as more stormy waters await MORE (Pa.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellMichigan lawmakers ask ICE to stop deportation of Mexican journalist Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat MORE (Mich.), Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralNew Zealand mosque killings raise fears among US Muslims On The Money: Trump issues first veto, warning of 'reckless' resolution | US hits Russia with new sanctions | Dems renew push for contractor back pay | Lawmakers seek probe into undocumented workers at Trump businesses Hispanic Caucus demands probe into Trump Organization hiring undocumented workers MORE (N.Y.), John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiTrump's emergency declaration looms over Pentagon funding fight House Dems demand Pentagon provide details about plans to fund Trump border wall Dem lawmaker: 'The president has it in for California' MORE (Calif.) and Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse Dem vets press McConnell on emergency declaration Watchdog organization calls for investigation into Kushner clearance Dems call for criminal probe into Kushner's security clearance 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 DelBeneKoch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority Lobbying world Bustos elected to lead Democratic campaign arm 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 LeeHarris receives endorsement from 6 home-state mayors Dems put spotlight on diversity in tech Hillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint racked up Trump hotel bills | Progressives find fresh target in telecom merger | Lawmakers divided over state privacy rules | FCC warns of future probe into Sinclair allegations 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.