(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has tapped Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida to remain at the helm of the Democratic National Committee as the party looks toward the 2014 midterm election and an opportunity to solidify electoral gains.
“I’ve asked Debbie Wasserman Schultz to continue her excellent work as chair of the DNC,” Obama said on Twitter. “Thanks for all you do, Debbie.” He signed the tweet “-bo,” signifying that he personally penned the message from his campaign’s @BarackObama account.
Schultz tweeted in reply, “Thank you, Mr. President. I am honored to serve. #Forward.”
Democrats will formally select their party leadership for the next cycle at their annual meeting in Washington on Jan. 22, the day after Obama’s inauguration. By tradition, members will affirm the president’s pick to lead the DNC.
While her effectiveness was reportedly questioned in some Democratic circles during the 2012 campaign, Schultz has been praised since Nov. 6 for helping to add Democratic seats in the House and Senate and keeping her home state of Florida blue for Obama.
Schultz has also been a shrewd fundraiser for Obama and Democrats and an outspoken advocate on the president’s behalf, particularly on women’s issues and in the Jewish community.
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