DSCC Picks Elizabeth Warren Chief of Staff to Lead IE Efforts

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has selected Mindy Myers to run its independent expenditure arm this cycle. Chief of staff to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the past three years, Myers previously managed Warren's 2012 campaign as well as several other winning Senate campaigns in the Northeast. “With Mindy’s extensive experience leading some of the toughest, most expensive Senate campaigns in recent history, she knows exactly what we need to do to win back the majority in 2016. The DSCC is lucky to have a talent like Mindy joining our efforts," DSCC Executive Director Tom Lopach said in a statement to Roll Call Thursday. “Already, the DSCC has done outstanding work to recruit a top-tier class of candidates and even expand the map," Myers said in a statement. "Democrats have a terrific opportunity to win back the Senate majority in 2016 so that Americans can once again have a Senate that is working for the middle class, and I’m honored to join that fight,” she added. Democrats must net five seats to win the Senate majority, and have already landed almost all of the recruits they sought. In a reversal of the 2014 midterm landscape, the party is mostly on offensive this cycle, defending 10 seats while Republicans defend 24. The committee has worked to recruit candidates in traditionally safe-red states like Arkansas and Missouri in hopes that an alienating GOP presidential nominee could help them expand the number of states in play. Before working for Warren, Myers managed Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal's 2010 campaign and Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's 2006 election. During the 2008 election, she served as New Hampshire state director for Barack Obama. Myers has also been a staffer for President Bill Clinton, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. For the past two cycles, Baltimore Democratic strategist Martha McKenna ran the committee's IE arm, after becoming the first woman to hold that position for a Senate committee in 2012. Related: The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators With the Senate Up for Grabs, All Eyes Are on the Presidential Race Senate Democrats Nearly Run Table in Senate Recruitment  Democrats Prepare for the Unlikely in Senate Races Roll Call Race Ratings Map: Ratings for Every House and Senate Race in 2016 Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.