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  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Passing of Basil Paterson

    DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today on the passing of Basil Paterson, former New York state Senator and Secretary of State and former Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee:

    “I was saddened to learn of the passing of Basil Paterson. His pioneering career was defined by an unwavering pursuit of the ideals for which he fought and the betterment of the community which he loved. Mr. Paterson consistently answered the call to service, displaying savvy and poise in whichever capacity he could best represent the people of New York. Alongside his colleagues in Harlem, he opened doors not just in his home state, but across the nation, for future generations of African American leaders. As a former Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Paterson’s commitment to inclusion and the expansion of opportunity for all is an indelible legacy on the fabric of our party. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Paterson’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

  • DNC Voter Expansion Project Announces Texas and Ohio State Directors; Additional National Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Today DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the hiring of four additional state and national staff for the Democratic Party’s newly-launched Voter Expansion Project. The new hires are: Sondra Haltom, Texas Voter Expansion Project State Director; Lindsay Langholz, Ohio Voter Expansion Project State Director; Bobby Hoffman, Deputy Director of Voter Expansion and Zara Haq, Director of Knowledge Management for Voter Expansion. Haltom and Langholz will work with both the DNC and their respective state parties.

    The hires follow a recent New York Times report detailing the Republican Party’s efforts to limit voting rights and a Monday release of a DNC video featuring Vice President Biden outlining the importance of the Voter Expansion Project.

    “The DNC brings unmatched institutional knowledge and experience in voter registration, engagement and protection,” said Wasserman Schultz. “With our state party partners, we have a national infrastructure and team of experts that no other organization can bring to bear. Voting laws are rapidly changing, and our Voter Expansion Project will make sure that Democrats – and all voters – across the country are able to exercise their right to vote and make their voices heard.”

    As the DNC and Democrats around the country seek to expand access to voting through the new Voter Expansion Project, Republicans continue their cynical attempt to make it more difficult for people to vote.

    “As Republicans continue to impede the right to vote, limit our access to the polls, and make it more difficult to cast a ballot, Democrats are fighting to expand the vote and increase access,” said Pratt Wiley, National Director of Voter Protection at the DNC. “Our team is building a professional and permanent, in-house operation that will remain in place from cycle to cycle for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.”

    The Voter Expansion Project was first announced in a video by former President Bill Clinton to DNC supporters. This project helps ensure the Democratic Party not only protects the right to vote, but also works proactively with states across the country to expand access to the ballot box.


    BACKGROUND ON NEW VOTER EXPANSION STAFF:

    Sondra Haltom, Texas Voter Expansion Project State Director
    Haltom has 15 years of experience working on election issues like ballot access, voter suppression prevention, redistricting and more. In December 2012, she founded Empower The Vote Texas (ETVT), a non-profit organization dedicated to voting rights and election reform issues. Prior to starting ETVT, Haltom served for seven years as the Political Director for the Texas Democratic Party where she built and led the TDP’s Voter Protection Program.

    Lindsay Langholz, Ohio Voter Expansion Project State Director
    Langholz comes to the Voter Expansion Project with years of experience protecting and expanding the vote in both Ohio and Tennessee.  Langholz will be responsible for educating voters and campaign staff on election law and working with election administrators to ensure they have the resources and training they need.  Langholz is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School.

    Bobby Hoffman, Deputy Director of Voter Expansion
    A veteran of both Obama presidential campaigns, Hoffman joins the DNC after leadership roles in the voter expansion program in Virginia in 2012 and 2013. Hoffman will be responsible for growth and development of the in-state voter expansion programs.  Hoffman is a graduate of Valparaiso University Law School.

    Zara Haq, Director of Knowledge Management for Voter Expansion
    Haq is a veteran of President Obama’s re-election campaign where she worked in the Chicago headquarters and later in Virginia.  Haq will be responsible for making permanent the DNC’s know-how and tools necessary to build and sustain the DNC’s in-state voter expansion programs.  Haq is a graduate of American University Law School.

  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Response to Breitbart News’ Offensive Ad

    In response to Breitbart News’ offensive characterization of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

    “To say the least, the Breitbart News ad is foul, offensive, and disrespectful to all women. It is a disgusting new low and would be reprehensible against any woman – regardless of party. It’s no wonder the Republicans are having problems appealing to women. If GOP leaders are serious about their rebrand, then both their elected and Party leadership should condemn this outrageous behavior, call on Breitbart News to immediately remove the ad, and not continue to use this website as a forum for their views.”

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on 6 Million Americans Enrolling in Health Care

    Washington, DC – Today the White House reported that more than 6 million people have signed up for private health plans through the state and federal exchanges. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

    “Today we reached an important milestone - more than 6 million Americans have enrolled in health care plans since the exchanges opened in October. In just six months we’ve educated millions of Americans about the benefits of signing up for health coverage, and now many who may not have had any health insurance, or were looking for better insurance, have it. 

    “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions have peace of mind that they won’t get dropped from their insurance, and 17 million kids with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage. Seniors are saving money on their prescription drugs and young people just out of college and looking for a job can stay on their family’s plan until they’re 26.

    “It’s time for Republicans to drop their obsession with repeal and admit what we know. This law is working for Americans.

    “For anyone who still needs to sign up, you have until March 31st to visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 / TTY 1-855-889-4325. You can also find help in your community at localhelp.healthcare.gov.”

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement Honoring Life of Robert S. Strauss

    Washington, DC – Robert S. Strauss, former chair of the Democratic National Committee and former ambassador to the Soviet Union, died Wednesday at the age of 95. In recognition, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

    “I was saddened to hear of the death of Robert Strauss. He was a statesman and public servant in every sense of the word. As a Party leader and DNC Chair, he worked to revitalize the Democratic Party during the 1970's and helped lay the groundwork for Jimmy Carter's election.

    "Strauss later went on to serve Presidents from both parties with distinction domestically and abroad. He was a proud Texan and legendary Democrat who always put his country ahead of all else.

    "He will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with the Strauss family at this difficult time.”

  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Rep. John Dingell Retiring

    Washington, DC – Earlier today, U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell (MI-12) announced he will not seek re-election. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

    “For more than five decades, U.S. Rep. John Dingell has served the people of Michigan and this nation with honor and distinction. As the Dean of the House of Representatives, he has done so much to help not only his constituents in Michigan, but nationwide. He has been a champion for Democratic values and has been a vocal advocate for the auto industry, civil rights, immigration reform, the environment and presided over the House of Representatives as we passed the Affordable Care Act.

    “While he was Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, he helped pass clean air and water bills and helped secure more of our land for preservation and national parks. He also helped shepherd through a bill that is very personal to me, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, that aims to prevent childhood drowning deaths and injuries.

    “Congressman Dingell leaves behind a remarkable legacy of working across the aisle on behalf of all Americans. His diplomacy and institutional knowledge will be missed in the halls of Congress. I wish Congressman Dingell and his family all the best as he embarks on a well-earned retirement.”

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