Biden Nominates Atlanta Mayor To Democratic National Committee

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ATLANTA, GA — President-elect Joe Biden nominated Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to be on the leadership team for the Democratic National Committee.

The Biden-Harris Transition team sent out a news release Thursday that listed Bottoms' name as the nominee for vice chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Protection. DNC members will hold a formal vote for its officers next week, and officers serve a four-year term.

Other picks include Michigan governor Gretchen Wilmer, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth and former South Carolina Senate candidate Jamie Harrison as the new DNC chair.

"This group of individuals represent the very best of the Democratic Party," Biden said in a statement. "Their stories and long histories of activism and work reflects our party’s values and the diversity that make us so strong. As our country faces multiple crises from systemic racism to the COVID-19 pandemic, working families in America need and deserve real leadership. We need to elect Democrats across our country and up and down the ballot. To do that is going to take tireless leadership, committed to strengthening Democratic infrastructure across our states. These leaders are battle-tested and ready for this immense task. I know they will get the job done."

Bottoms, an early supporter of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, said in a tweet Thursday evening that she was honored to be nominated for the position.

"I'm honored and humbled to be endorsed by @JoeBiden for Vice Chair of the @DNC," Bottoms said in the tweet. "I'm ready to build on our party's progress to make a better future for all Americans."

Biden has eyed Bottoms for leadership positions before. Last month, Bottoms turned down an offer to be part of Biden's cabinet, according to Rashad Taylor, senior adviser to the mayor.

This article originally appeared on the Atlanta Patch