Election denier and incoming House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) announced on Tuesday that he tapped Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) to lead the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as campaign chief.
“Proud to announce that @SuzanDelBene will lead House Dems back into the majority as Chair of @dccc. She is the right leader, with the right experience and the right demeanor to meet this pivotal moment,” Jeffries wrote on Twitter.
Last month it was reported that Jeffries was going to potentially pick a lawmaker to run the DCCC that has not publicly announced a candidacy for the top campaign spot since there is nothing in the rules that explicitly requires the House Democrat leadership to pick someone seeking the role.
Before the official announcement from Jefferies, CNN and Punchbowl noted that Democrat leadership wanted to “elevate a woman” to the high-profile role. Interestingly, DelBene was one of the Democrats who pushed for the rule change in her party, allowing the party’s leader to have a more prominent role in picking a campaign chief.
Additionally, the congresswoman, a former tech executive with ties to Silicon Valley, has been a prolific fundraiser. This past cycle, she raised more than $2.5 million and vowed to help Democrats regain power in the House in 2024.
DelBene responded to Jeffries’ social media post, saying, “It is an honor to be selected by Leader @hakeemjeffries to serve as @dccc Chair for the 2024 cycle!… Together we can push back against MAGA Republican extremism and win back the House!”