Rep. Van Hollen to head DCCC

Nancy Pelosi announces her pick to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Published December 19, 2006 7:59PM (EST)

Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced her choice for the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Replacing Rahm Emanuel will be Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. This isn't the first plum assignment for the relatively unknown Van Hollen; Pelosi had earlier named him to the House Ways and Means Committee. Like Emanuel, Van Hollen is a newcomer to Congress. Both were freshmen representatives in 2003.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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