Not yet sworn in as a senator, Chris Van Hollen has agreed to take on a job that no other senator would – running the DSCC in 2018, when Democrats will be defending 25 seats, many of them in red states.
Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen of Maryland will chair the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2018 cycle, incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced Friday.
“Chris Van Hollen was our first choice for DSCC chairman because of his talents, his work ethic, and his experience,” Schumer said in a statement. “He has the confidence of our caucus and will do a great job for our candidates running in 2018. The map is tough for Democrats, but I have no doubt that Sen.-elect Van Hollen is up to the task.”
“Tough” is one word to describe what Senate Democrats face in 2018. The party will have 23 seats to defend, as well as two seats held by independents who caucus with the Democrats. By comparison, Republicans will only be defending eight seats.
Ten of the states where Democrats will be up for re-election were won by Donald Trump in this year’s presidential election, including Montana, represented by outgoing DSCC Chairman Jon Tester.
The map is daunting, no doubt, but if anyone is up to the job it’s Van Hollen, who is now on the 11 senator leadership team, again before being sworn in. That’s impressive.
Not to be depressing, but here’s the 2018 map.