- The Washington Times - Friday, November 5, 2010

Rep. Chris Van Hollen Jr. said Friday he is stepping down as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee after his party lost more than 60 seats to Republicans in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

The Maryland lawmaker said in a radio interview with Bill Press in Washington that two election cycles is enough as chairman of the DCCC — the fundraising and recruiting arm of House Democrats, the Associated Press reported. He had signaled plans to leave the chairmanship even before Tuesday’s election.

Mr. Van Hollen, a four-term congressman and close ally of outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a good showing at the DCCC in the 2008 election cycle, when his party picked up more than 20 GOP-held seats, adding to their victories in 2006.

• Sean Lengell can be reached at slengell@washingtontimes.com.

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