Wasserman Schultz to Remain DNC Chairwoman

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Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Florida, bangs the gavel to begin the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will get a full four-year term to run the Democratic National Committee, serving at the pleasure of the president she helped re-elect.

President Barack Obama will ask the DNC to keep Wasserman Schultz as the party’s chairwoman when members meet in January, according to a Democratic Party official. Wasserman Schlutz took the party’s helm in 2011.

One of the party’s most prolific fundraisers, Wasserman Schultz will keep her seat in the House, as Democrats seek to reclaim the majority in the lower chamber in the 014 mid-term elections.

It will be a daunting task.

The party that controls the presidency typically suffers in Congress in the sixth year of a president’s tenure. Republicans lost six seats in the Senate and 30 in the House in 2006, six years into George W. Bush’s presidency. Ronald Reagan lost five House seats and eight in the Senate.

Wasserman Schultz has proved a formidable campaigner for her party, helping the president with — among other things — winning her home swing-state of Florida for a second time by a margin of less than 1 percent.

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