House Democrats elected Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois) to be the next Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair on Thursday.
Bustos was elected by her colleagues to serve as the DCCC in the 116th Congress. She won a three-way race, with 117 votes.
She will be tasked with defending and expanding the new Democratic Majority in the 2020 election cycle. With an incoming class of 62 Democratic freshmen, 31 came from districts President Donald Trump won.
Bustos issued the following statement:
“I’m humbled to have earned the support of my colleagues to serve as the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Under the tremendous leadership of our new Assistant Democratic Leader, Ben Ray Luján, the entire Democratic Caucus worked together to flip 40 seats from Red to Blue. “Over the next two years, our charge is to build on this progress to fortify our new Democratic Majority so we can deliver bold change for the American people. We will do this by placing a new emphasis on incumbent protection while going on offense in the districts where we came up short this year – we must do both. “As Democrats, we are going to keep our focus on getting real results for the American people by lowering their health care costs, raising their wages and cracking down on the corruption we’ve seen from Washington Republicans. While I am hopeful that we can make some progress in this next Congress, we need to win back the White House and the Senate while defending our House Majority to completely deliver on our promise. Failure is simply not an option, we will protect this house.”
During the last election, Bustos won Illinois’ 17th Congressional District by 24 points. Bustos first won her seat in Congress by defeating a Republican incumbent in 2012, and is now the second woman to lead the DCCC.