Cortez Masto named Dem Senate campaign chairwoman

Cortez Masto named Dem Senate campaign chairwoman
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Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoSchumer urging ex-congressional candidate Amy McGrath to run against McConnell Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona Former McCain chief of staff says he will not run for Senate in Arizona in 2020 MORE (D-Nev.) was named chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) on Thursday.

Cortez Masto is the first Latina to be named to the position and will lead the party’s campaign efforts heading into 2020.

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"I want to thank Chairman Van Hollen for his hard work in the 2018 election, and I am committed to replicating the blue wave America saw in Nevada throughout the entire country and electing a Senate Democratic majority in 2020,” Cortez Masto said in a statement.

Cortez Masto’s ascension to DSCC chairwoman comes after Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration Senate buzz grows for Abrams after speech electrifies Dems MORE (D-Md.) indicated he didn’t want to continue in the position.

She was reported to be the top contender to succeed him, but Democrats left their leadership elections without a named replacement for Grassley.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (D-N.Y.) praised Cortez Masto in a statement on Thursday. 

“Catherine Cortez Masto was our first choice for DSCC Chairwoman because she has demonstrated the attributes we want in a leader: she breaks glass ceilings, is hardworking, astute politically, an outstanding fundraiser and respected by every member of our caucus. She’ll be a great leader of the DSCC and help us fight to regain the majority in 2020,” said Schumer.

Nevada has been a political bright spot for Democrats for the last two election cycles. In 2016, Democrats swept the state with Cortez Masto becoming its first female senator.

Democrats also unseated Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (R-Nev.) last week, in one of their two pickups.