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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Statement on being Elected to Serve as the next Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Chairwoman Bustos will focus on fortifying and expanding our new Democratic Majority to deliver real results for the American people

Washington, D.C. – Today, in the Democratic Caucus’ Leadership Election, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in the 116th Congress. Bustos, who won on a first round ballot vote, will be tasked with defending and expanding the new Democratic Majority in the 2020 election cycle.

Chairwoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement:

“I’m humbled to have earned the support of my colleagues to serve as the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Under the tremendous leadership of our new Assistant Democratic Leader, Ben Ray Luján, the entire Democratic Caucus worked together to flip 40 seats from Red to Blue.

“Over the next two years, our charge is to build on this progress to fortify our new Democratic Majority so we can deliver bold change for the American people. We will do this by placing a new emphasis on incumbent protection while going on offense in the districts where we came up short this year – we must do both.

“As Democrats, we are going to keep our focus on getting real results for the American people by lowering their health care costs, raising their wages and cracking down on the corruption we’ve seen from Washington Republicans. While I am hopeful that we can make some progress in this next Congress, we need to win back the White House and the Senate while defending our House Majority to completely deliver on our promise. Failure is simply not an option, we will protect this house.”

With an incoming class of 62 Democratic freshmen, 31 of which come from districts that President Trump won, this is a task that Bustos is uniquely qualified for. During the last election, Bustos won Illinois’ 17th Congressional District by 24 points, this was the largest margin of victory of any Democrat from a Trump district. Bustos, who first won her seat in Congress by defeating a Republican incumbent in 2012, is now just the second woman ever to lead the DCCC.

Bustos worked extensively at the DCCC over the last four years where she held four leadership positions. During the 2016 cycle, she served as the Vice-Chair of Recruitment, Co-Chair of Red to Blue and Co-Chair of Women Lead at the DCCC. In the 2018 cycle, she served as the Chair of Heartland Engagement at the DCCC where she mentored several candidates across 12 states. Also in the 2018 cycle, she served as a Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee on the governmental side where she worked to develop the House Democrats “For the People” agenda.

Prior to serving in elected office, she spent nearly two decades as a reporter in the Quad-Cities. Afterward, she worked as a healthcare executive at one of the nation’s largest non-denominational, non-profit health systems in the world.

Additional background information on Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ Work to Win a New Democratic Majority

During the cycle, Congresswoman Bustos:

· Raised and gave nearly $3 million to support candidates this cycle, including:

· Exceeding every financial goal the DCCC set for her.
· Raising more than $1.5 million in contributions for Frontline and Red to Blue candidates.
· Contributing more than $500,000 to 100 candidates and 17 members of Congress, BOLD PAC, ASPIRE PAC and CBC PAC.

· Paying $600,000 to the DCCC in dues, more than is required of the DCCC Chair.

· Raising more than $630,000 for the DCCC.

· Invested thousands of hours recruiting, meeting with and mentoring candidates running in tough races to mentor them and help guide them through the tough decisions.
· 16 of the candidates she oversaw won, helping deliver the majority.

· Traveled more than 21,000 miles to 11 states to support dozens of candidates.

· Organized and managed 12 Heartland Engagement program calls with candidates from 45 tough-to-win districts – including calls with Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Conor Lamb.

· Hosted several candidate workshops and appeared as the special guests for candidate fundraisers in D.C.

· Led the development of the House Democrats’ “For the People” agenda that instilled message discipline and is widely credited with helping deliver the majority.
· Served as the Vice-Chair of Recruitment, Co-Chair of WomenLEAD and Co-Chair of Red to Blue at the DCCC in the 2016 cycle where she traveled 22,000 miles to 14 states to support 22 candidates.

***Report Courtesy of Congresswoman Bustos***