Politics

Scott Fairchild Named DSCC Executive Director

Fairchild is incoming chairwoman Cortez Masto’s chief of staff

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., is the incoming DSCC chairwoman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is bringing her chief of staff over to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, naming Scott Fairchild on Friday as the committee’s new executive director.

Democrats are largely on offense in the 2020 cycle, but they will have to protect vulnerable incumbents including Alabama Sen. Doug Jones. Democrats are defending 12 seats while Republicans are defending 22.

“In our fight to elect a Democratic majority, we need experienced strategists who understand the hard work that goes into winning tough campaigns and Scott has shown time and again he knows how to win,” Cortez Masto said in a statement. “I trust Scott will help lead our candidates to success in the cycle ahead, and look forward to continuing our work together.”

Fairchild managed Cortez Masto’s 2016 campaign in Nevada and was the national campaigns director for the League of Conservation Voters. He also served as chief of staff for former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy and managed Murphy’s races in the swing Bucks County district. Fairchild then managed Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral campaign in Chicago.

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