Monday, June 17, 2024

Transition Updates

Latino Senator Chosen to Serve as Chairman of the DSCC

Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) was selected to serve as Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) for the 2010 election cycle. Menendez will succeed Senator Chuck Schumer and will now lead the Democrats’ campaign efforts for the Senate. Menendez currently serves as the DSCC’s Vice-Chairman and has taken a key leadership role in the Senate Democratic Caucus just two years after winning his Senate seat.

“I am humbled by this opportunity, and I fully recognize the responsibility that comes with it. In 2006 and again this year, under the masterful stewardship of Senator Schumer, we have made major gains toward bringing change to our country,” Menendez said in a statement.


UPDATE- It’s Official?

brichardonsPresident-elect Barack Obama has chosen New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to be Secretary of Commerce adding a prominent Hispanic and one-time Democratic rival to his expanding Cabinet. President-elect Obama plans to announce the nomination after Thanksgiving, according to a Democratic official familiar with the discussions.

Richardson had a distinguished career in Washington before returning to New Mexico where he was elected governor in 2002. Richardson served as U.N. Ambassador under President Bill Clinton and later as Secretary of Energy. He was also a member of the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1997.