FREDERICK NEWS-POST: Van Hollen, Raskin finding roles in new positions

Van Hollen, Raskin finding roles in new positions

BY DANIELLE E GAINES

U.S. Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen and his successor, Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D), have been pegged for new roles following their victories in the 2016 election.

Raskin has been chosen to serve on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

The influential committee sets the Democratic policy agenda and legislative priorities, and also determines Democratic members’ committee assignments.

Raskin was elected by fellow freshman members to represent them on the committee; 27 new House Democrats will take office in 2017.

He was nominated by fellow Rep.-elect Anthony Brown, D-4th.

Van Hollen — who is replacing retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) — will also step into her former committee assignment, although without the vice-chairman title and ranking.

Mikulski has served on the Senate Appropriations Committee since she joined the chamber in 1987.

She issued a statement after the announcement that Van Hollen will join the committee.

“He brings tremendous experience and skill to the job. Senator-elect Van Hollen will be an excellent advocate for meeting the day-to-day needs of Maryland’s families and the long-range needs of the nation,” Mikulski said.

Van Hollen was also recently named as the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2018 cycle.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced that he will serve in the position for the 2018 cycle.

“Chris Van Hollen was our first choice for DSCC chairman because of his talents, his work ethic, and his experience. He has the confidence of our caucus and will do a great job for our candidates running in 2018. The map is tough for Democrats, but I have no doubt that Senator-elect Van Hollen is up to the task,” Schumer said in a press release.

Van Hollen is the first senator-elect in history to be asked to serve as the chairman of the committee.

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