Another reason Van Hollen might opt to bide his time rather than take on Hoyer should Pelosi step aside is that Hoyer, at age 73, might not have a particularly long tenure in the top job. And Van Hollen is also often mentioned as a contender if a Senate seat opens up in Maryland. However, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) does not appear to be leaving anytime soon and Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D) is cruising to re-election next month, prompting some Democrats to conclude that Van Hollen will keep his gaze on the House.
The House Democratic leadership elections will take place Nov. 29, two weeks after Republican leadership elections but earlier than Pelosi’s initial proposal of the first week of December.
A Democratic strategist said the timing “provides an opening to a challenger for one of the top leadership positions, but not much. If there’s anyone looking to run such a challenge, they’ll need to get their ducks in a row pretty quickly.”
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the amount of money Rep. Chris Van Hollen transferred to the DCCC due to outdated information on the Federal Election Commission website.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.