Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was on Tuesday named chief of the Democratic National Committee.
Wasserman Schultz represents Florida’s 20th congressional district, which covers parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties and is member of the House Judiciary and Budget committees.
An email from Vice President Joe Biden on Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ascension to DNC chief:
“Debbie has served the people of Florida – first in the Florida State Legislature, and more recently in Congress – for nearly two decades. During that time, she has fought for America’s children, seniors, and men and women in uniform.
“In selecting Debbie to lead our party, President Obama noted her tenacity, her strength, her fighting spirit, and her ability to overcome adversity. President Obama expressed great admiration for her as a leader, and he was honored that she accepted this important challenge on behalf of the Democratic Party.
The South Florida congressional delegation is traditionally friendly, regardless of political affiliation. But Wasserman Schultz, a staunch defender of the economic embargo against Cuba, has especially warm ties with South Florida Republicans who share her stance on tough sanctions against the island.
The Sun-Sentinel comments that “Wasserman Schultz will lead a party hoping to rebound from what Obama called a ‘shellacking’ in last year’s elections, when Republicans regained majority control of the U.S. House. Republicans swept the Florida races for governor, U.S. senator and all six of the state’s closely contested U.S. House seats.”