Cortez Masto named Dem Senate campaign chairwoman

Cortez Masto named Dem Senate campaign chairwoman
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Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoProgressives hope Nevada offers roadmap for pro-union 2020 victory Kennedy, Markey spar over experience in first Senate primary debate DSCC endorses McGrath in race against McConnell 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 HollenOvernight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development Senate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign 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 SchumerWhite House preparing to ask Congress for funds to combat coronavirus: report Schumer cites security, DHS ban in questioning TSA use of TikTok Russian interference reports rock Capitol Hill 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 HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.) last week, in one of their two pickups.