Sen. Michael Bennet will be the next chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2014 election cycle, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday.
As DSCC chairman, Bennet will help recruit Democrats, raise money for them and log a lot of travel as he crisscrosses the country for candidate recruitment and fundraising.
The state's profile will also rise as Bennet becomes the first Coloradan in two decades to become part of the Senate leadership, according to his office.
He takes over from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who will go on to head the Senate Budget Committee. DSCC heads normally serve for one two-year election cycle.
Murray leaves after helping Democrats achieve better-than-expected results in the 2012 elections. Though Democrats were expected to lose seats - and possibly the majority - the party successfully defended all of its incumbents and picked up two seats.
Guy Cecil, DSCC's executive director, agreed to remain in his job. Cecil is Bennet's friend and served as the senator's chief of staff when Bennet won election to his first full term in 2010. Bennet, a former superintendent of Denver public schools, was appointed to fill then-Sen. Ken Salazar's seat in 2008 when Salazar was tapped to serve as President Barack Obama's interior secretary.
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