Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Be New DNC Chair

Apr 5, 2011 6:31pm

ABC News' Amy E. Walter reports:

With the announcement today that current DNC Chair Tim Kaine is running for the Senate in Virginia comes news that Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will replace him.

Wasserman Schultz, 44, brings some significant assets to the table. Besides the obvious fact that she’s a woman, she’s also a proven fundraiser and a skilled on-air  surrogate. A breast cancer survivor, she is also a close friend of Rep. Gabby Giffords.

The official announcement came in the form of an email from Vice President Joe Biden to DNC members.

"In selecting Debbie to lead our party, President Obama noted her tenacity, her strength, her fighting spirit, and her ability to overcome adversity. President Obama expressed great admiration for her as a leader, and he was honored that she accepted this important challenge on behalf of the Democratic Party," writes Biden.

Now that she has been nominated to the DNC job, the full committee will then vote on her nominating. This is really a formality since DNC members aren't going to buck the president.

If she wins the election, she will become the first woman elected by the full membership to serve as chair. There have been two other women who have served as Chair of the DNC but one was on an interim basis and one was appointed but never stood for election.

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