WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden picked Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., to be a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, the Biden transition announced on Thursday.
The Biden transition also announced that Jaime Harrison of South Carolina, who challenged Sen. Lindsey Graham last November, will be Biden’s choice to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Duckworth was in the running to be Biden’s vice president pick and was mentioned as a Biden potential defense secretary or Veterans Affairs chief.
Duckworth will be taking on party chores heading into the 2022 contests in a cycle where she will be running for her second term.
Besides Duckworth and Harrison, other DNC officials Biden is naming include Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who will be vice chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Protection; and vice chairs Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Texas Rep. Filemon Vela Jr.,
Biden asked Jason Rae, the current DNC Secretary and Chris Korge, the National Finance chair, to stay on for another term with Deputy DNC Finance Chair Virginia McGregor to be the next Treasurer.
Harrison is also a former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party.
At present, Harrison is an associate chair and senior counselor of the DNC.
Harrison would follow current DNC Chair Tom Perez, a former Obama Labor secretary, who won his spot in a party election with multiple contenders including Harrison.
The custom is for the president to pick national party leaders, so Harrison, Duckworth and other DNC officials Biden will select are expected to face no challengers.
The DNC officers to serve between 2021 and 2025 will be elected at a virtual winter meeting on Jan. 21.