Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen (D) FILE PHOTOLast week, the Senate Democratic caucus elected Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen (D) to lead the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) during the 2018 midterm election.
The DSCC recruits candidates to run for the Senate, contributes money and services to their campaigns, and runs independent expenditures supporting those candidates.
Van Hollen, a Kensington resident who serves as the ranking member of Budget Committee in the House of Representatives, will also receive a spot on the Senate Appropriations Committee as a member of the Democratic leadership.
The seat will allow him to influence how senators craft spending bills originating in the committee.
In a statement, he said, "Democrats in the Senate are the last line of defense between President-elect (Donald) Trump and Washington Republicans, and so many of the values and priorities that Americans hold dear,” said Van Hollen. “I look forward to getting to work right away to defend American values, as well as fighting for my home state of Maryland by taking up Senator (Barbara) Mikulski's mantle on the Senate Appropriations Committee."