Democrat Enlisted to 'Take Back the House'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - "House Democrats are focused and determined to win a majority in the House in 2006, and Rahm Emanuel will be an outstanding leader in this effort," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday, as she named Emanuel to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Rep. Emanuel, an Illinois Democrat , "knows this country, its people and its politics from the neighborhoods up, which has been a key to his success and will be a key to ours in 2006," Pelosi said.

She described Emanuel as a master strategist with the expertise and passion to build on the foundation begun by the late Rep. Bob Matsui.

Emanuel served as the director of finance in Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, and he later served as one of President Clinton's White House advisers. In Congress, "he has distinguished himself with thoughtful ideas and strategic insights," Pelosi said.

"Rahm brings something more than a long resume," Pelosi said. "He brings the passion of an immigrant's son, and the street-smarts of his hometown of Chicago. His uncle has spent decades as a police sergeant in the same northwest side district Rahm now represents in Congress. His father was a pediatrician and treated thousands of children in the community."

Emanuel thanked his fellow Democrats for their confidence in him. He said his leadership of the DCCC is "about winning elections by setting the right priorities for our nation and its future. I look forward to a battle of ideas with the Republicans that will engage and motivate voters across this great country."

Emanuel is now serving his second term in Congress, and he sits on the House Ways and Means Committee.

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