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Democrats' Next Generation of Leaders Bides Time

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Van Hollen is expected to remain in his current leadership position in the next Congress.

However, a senior Democratic source told Roll Call, “It seems likely that Wasserman Schultz will stay on as DNC chair.”

The Florida Democrat attended more than 850 campaign events in 31 states in her 18-month tenure.

Despite reports of clashes between her and President Barack Obama’s top political hands, David Axelrod, Obama’s top strategist, thanked Wasserman Schultz “for her tireless, effective leadership as party chair throughout this campaign!” Nov. 5 on Twitter.

Obama ultimately decides who serves atop the national committee.

Other Democrats also praised Wasserman Schultz for her tenure at DNC.

Jaime Harrison, a principal at the Podesta Group, said Wasserman Schultz was well received at local events throughout the country and understands the importance of teaching the Obama campaign’s data-heavy approach to state parties.

“She would understand the need to invest in state parties,” Harrison said.

A second former member noted both Van Hollen and Wasserman Schultz have plenty of years ahead of them.

“Remember, they’re young. Time is on their side,” the former member said.

Van Hollen is 53; Wasserman Schultz is 46.

But they might also have to contend with the lower rungs of the leadership ladder, who might in years to come make bids of their own for whip and leader slots. Becerra is 54, Crowley is 50, and Lee is 66.

New York Rep. Steve Israel, whom Pelosi appointed to stay on for a second term as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, is 54.

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