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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Pelosi chooses Van Hollen to head DCCC
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland will head the House Democrats' recruiting and fundraising efforts in the 2008 election cycle, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California announced Tuesday.

Van Hollen, who was elected to Congress four years ago, replaces Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois as head of the Democratic Campaign Committee. Emanuel, who is widely credited for his efforts in securing House Democratic victories, is slated to become the Democratic caucus chairman in the next Congress.

"Congressman Chris Van Hollen's depth of legislative experience and political savvy will make him an exceptional DCCC chairman," Pelosi said in a written statement. "I am confident he will build upon the success of our outstanding Chairman Rahm Emanuel and lead our efforts to strengthen our Democratic majority in the House and enable us to continue to address the priorities of all Americans."

Pelosi also named Van Hollen to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee last week.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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