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Van Hollen secures spot on Appropriations, DSCC

Van Hollen secures spot on Appropriations, DSCC

Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen, who will take over for Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski next year, will head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the next election cycle, putting him at the forefront of Democratic efforts to retain seats in what could prove a difficult midterm election year for the party.

Van Hollen, a Montgomery County congressman who cruised to victory last week in deeply blue Maryland, will also take a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee -- a position that could help stem the loss of influence Maryland will feel when Mikulski retires.

Heading the party's Senate election efforts -- an unusual position for a freshman senator -- has the...