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Wasserman Schultz Will Lead DNC

April 5, 2011

President Obama has selected Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as his choice to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, the committee announced Tuesday.

"I am so honored and humbled to be President Obama's choice to serve as the next DNC chair, and I look forward to seeking approval by my colleagues on the Democratic National Committee to serve in this important role," said Wasserman Schultz, in a statement.

Wasserman Schultz is set to succeed Tim Kaine, who announced earlier Tuesday that he will run for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.). Politico first reported that Wasserman Schultz would head up the national party.

Wasserman Schultz will retain her seat in the House. She has been an active fundraising and recruiting force for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and was on the short list to become DCCC chair, a position for which Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi eventually tapped Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.).

She will be the first female head of the DNC since Debra DeLee headed the party between 1994 and 1995, and the third in the history of the committee. If the full committee membership elects her, Wasserman Schultz will be the first woman elected as chair by Party members.

"In selecting Debbie to lead our party, President Obama noted her tenacity, her strength, her fighting spirit, and her ability to overcome adversity," said Vice President Biden in an email to DNC members informing them of Obama's choice.

Updated 9:39 p.m.

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