Cortez Masto named Dem Senate campaign chairwoman

Cortez Masto named Dem Senate campaign chairwoman
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Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrat Sherrod Brown torches Facebook at hearing: They 'broke journalism,' 'helped incite a genocide' 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: USDA expected to lose two-thirds of research staff in move west | EPA hails Trump's work on reducing air pollution | Agency eyes reducing inspections of nuclear reactors USDA expected to lose two-thirds of research staff in move to Kansas City Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens 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 SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US 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 HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (R-Nev.) last week, in one of their two pickups.