Van Hollen Steps Down as Democrats' Campaign Chief

November 5, 2010 - 12:42 PM

Washington (AP) - The congressman in charge of the House Democrats' campaign efforts is leaving that post just days after his party lost more than 60 seats to the Republicans.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland told the Bill Press Show on Friday that two election cycles is enough as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He had signaled plans to leave the chairmanship even before Tuesday's election.

Van Hollen had a good showing at the DCCC in the 2008 election cycle, when his party picked up more than 20 GOP-held seats, adding to their victories in 2006. But this year was a disaster for the Democrats. They will hand over the House majority to Republicans when the new Congress convenes in January.