Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) announced Wednesday that Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.) will serve as his vice chairman in charge of member participation and outreach during the 2010 campaign cycle.
In that post, Sires will be charged with coordinating the political activities and fundraising efforts of Democratic Members. He will also oversee the dues program and be charged with reaching out to Democratic allies in what is expected to be a cycle in which House Democrats will largely be playing defense.
Sires, a third-term Congressman, is the third and final vice chairman named by Van Hollen. In December, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) was tapped to manage incumbent retention for House Democrats in 2010, and earlier this month Rep. Bruce Braley (Iowa) was named vice chairman in charge of candidate services.
Congressman Sires is a strategic thinker who has the respect and relationships within our Caucus and with our allies to encourage the active political participation of our Members throughout the cycle, Van Hollen said in a statement.