Van Hollen not interested in staying on as chair of Senate Dems' campaign arm

Van Hollen not interested in staying on as chair of Senate Dems' campaign arm
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Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Defense: Trump to reverse North Korea sanctions imposed by Treasury | Move sparks confusion | White House says all ISIS territory in Syria retaken | US-backed forces report heavy fighting | Two US troops killed in Afghanistan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison Hillicon Valley: Google takes heat at privacy hearing | 2020 Dems to debate 'monopoly power' | GOP rips net neutrality bill | Warren throws down gauntlet over big tech | New scrutiny for Trump over AT&T merger MORE (D-Md.) says he’s not interested in serving another cycle as chairman of the Senate Democrats’ political fundraising committee.

Van Hollen earned high marks from his colleagues for his leadership of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) this cycle, when Democrats had to defend 10 incumbents in states that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE won in 2016.

The Maryland lawmaker previously served back-to-back terms as chairman of House Democrats' campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, leading some Democratic colleagues in the Senate to hope he could be persuaded to reup for another cycle. 

But when asked Tuesday evening if he would be interested in another term as DSCC chair, Van Hollen smiled and replied, “No.”


An hour earlier, one of Van Hollen’s colleagues suggested to The Hill that he would be a good choice to serve again because of his success in the 2018 midterms and his experience heading the DCCC for two cycles in the House.

Incoming freshman Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) has been floated a possible successor to Van Hollen at the DSCC in the wake of her hard-fought win this month.

Arizona is home to one of several Republican seats Democrats hope to capture in 2020. There will be a special election to fill the seat long held by late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGraham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI What should Democrats do next, after Mueller's report? Tom Daschle: McCain was a model to be emulated, not criticized MORE (R).