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 HollenPhoto showing 3-year-old girl high-five new Harriet Tubman mural goes viral The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Democrats grill Trump Interior chief for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change 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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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.”

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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 McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' Meghan McCain says Ben Carson should be developing brain cancer treatment, not working at HUD Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats MORE (R).