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Rep. Cheri Bustos Wins Race to Chair Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Bustos will be tasked with helping defend the Democrats' new majority in the House



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    Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) joins a group of fellow Democrats and their supporters to introduce a new campaign to retake Congress during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The campaign, called 'A Better Deal for Our Democracy,' aims at 'taking back the power from special interests and getting rid of the pay-to-play culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence embodied by the Trump Administration.

    In a tightly contested race, Representative Cheri Bustos was elected to be the next Chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    Bustos, who was elected to Congress in 2013 from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, will be responsible for helping the party to defend their majority in the 2020 elections, and she will take over from New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    Bustos is just the second Illinois politician to serve in the role, with former Congressman and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel having helped Democrats to a massive triumph in the 2006 election cycle.

    According to a voting tally reported by Politico, Bustos bested Washington Representatives Suzan DelBene and Denny Heck, with Bustos winning 117 of the 232 votes cast.

    Bustos’ name has risen in Democratic circles after she was able to win re-election to her 17th District seat. That district went for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but Bustos’ moderate stances helped her to win re-election over Republican Bill Fawell by 53,000 votes.

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