New Jersey Sen. Menendez to chair DSCC

November 25, 2008 11:01:58 AM PST
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has been selected to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2010 elections. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the announcement Tuesday, saying Menendez would succeed New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who led the committee through two election cycles.

The committee helps Democrats seek election to the U.S. Senate.

Democrats expanded their Senate majority under Schumer to its biggest margin in 30 years.

Menendez has been vice chair of the group for two years.

He spent more than a decade in the House of Representatives before being appointed to fill the remainder of Gov. Jon Corzine's term in 2006. Menendez won election to a full term later that year.

Corzine chaired the committee from 2003 to 2005.