On the heels of Democrats’ Election Day victories giving them control of the U.S. House, Rep. Cheri Bustos of East Moline announced on Friday she’ll seek to run the national party’s congressional campaign arm.
Bustos on Tuesday won re-election to a fourth term in her northeastern Illinois district and has gained national attention as a Democrat who has had success in an area that can lean Republican.
Now, she says she’ll run to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the national group that helps candidates get elected to the House.
“I’m running for this leadership position because, as someone who comes from a district that voted for Donald Trump, I live and breathe this every day of my Congressional career,” Bustos said in a statement. “The most effective way I can improve the lives of hardworking Americans is by helping secure our new Democratic Majority.”
“Having worked extremely hard to help win races across the Heartland, I view this as an opportunity to continue my work while bringing the voice of both a woman and Midwesterner to the leadership table,” she said.
Also bidding for the job are two Democrats from Washington state. Mayor Rahm Emanuel led a blue wave election in 2006 as chairman of the DCCC.
Bustos represents Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, which takes in the Quad Cities, parts of Rockford and Peoria, and stretches of northern, central and western Illinois. The district’s western border is the Mississippi River.
On Tuesday, suburban Chicago Democrats Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood defeated veteran Republican U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam of Wheaton and Randy Hultgren of Plano. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi counted those wins as she claimed victory in taking back the U.S. House from Republicans.
Democrats, who drew Illinois’ congressional districts in 2012, entered the election with an 11-7 edge in the state’s U.S. House delegation. That advantage will grow to 13-5 in January.
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November 10, 2018 at 03:45AM