Biden taps Atlanta mayor for senior DNC role

President-elect has tapped Atlanta Mayor to serve in a top post at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), where she’ll focus on voter engagement and protection.

“I’m honored and humbled to be endorsed by @JoeBiden for Vice Chair of the @DNC. I’m ready to build on our party’s progress to make a better future for all Americans,” Bottoms said in a tweet Thursday.

Bottoms earned national recognition last year for spearheading Atlanta’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as her work alongside former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams turning out Georgia’s Democratic voters in the general election and subsequent Senate runoffs earlier this month.

Bottoms was floated as a potential running mate for Biden before he picked Vice President-elect .

At the DNC, Bottoms will be the vice-chair of civic engagement and voter protection.

Biden on Thursday also named former South Carolina Senate candidate Jaime Harrison to serve as DNC chair, with Michigan Gov. (D) and Sen. (D-Ill.) as vice-chairs.

The DNC will be faced with the daunting task of defending narrow Democratic majorities in the House and Senate during the 2022 midterm elections, when the party that occupies the White House tends to lose congressional seats.

“We need to elect Democrats across our country and up and down the ballot. To do that is going to take tireless leadership, committed to strengthening Democratic infrastructure across our states. These leaders are battle-tested and ready for this immense task. I know they will get the job done,” Biden said in a statement on Thursday.

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