The Democratic National Committee has officially elected Jaime Harrison from South Carolina as chairman.
At a virtual post-inauguration meeting on Thursday (Jan. 21), Harrison was elected and supported by Vice-Chairs for the Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, and the US – Supported Rep Filemon Vela Jr. from Texas.
"We are all part of a movement that you all started and we are far from finished," Harrison said Thursday, according to the Associated Press. He also thanked the party's outgoing leaders. "I have no intention of turning victory into complacency … There is important work ahead of us."
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Harrison, who began an election campaign closer than many believed to oust incumbent South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, succeeds Tom Perez as DNC chairman. He was an important link with the party leaders, with whom Perez sometimes had rocky relationships.
"I'm confident that Jaime … will take us to even higher heights," said Perez during Thursday's meeting.
Harrison received 407 votes out of a possible 411.