Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) formally announced his candidacy to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee Monday.
Ellison, who currently serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced the bid to head the Democrats’ political arm in a statement, which read:
“I am proud to announce my candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and if given the opportunity to serve, I will work tirelessly to make the Democratic Party an organization that brings us together and advances an agenda that improves people’s lives.”
Ellison, who had been expected to throw his hat in the ring since the results of Election Day, already has support from prominent Democrats.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) endorsed Ellison in a statement Sunday.
“My friend Keith Ellison is a terrific leader and a strong progressive who knows how to get things done. Now is the time for new thinking and a fresh start at the DNC. Now is the time for Keith.”
On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said the prospect of Ellison becoming DNC chairman gives him “hope and excitement,” but fell short of formally endorsing him.
“And I think there’s going to be a process. But they need to be a committed progressive,” Booker said. “And they need to be someone that, in this time where there’s a vacuum of leadership, that will join others, the committed resistance, and stand in the breach.”
Other potential DNC chair candidates include former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and former Maryland Governor and former 2016 presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.