President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday announced he's choosing former Senate candidate Jaime Harrison to be the next Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair.
Harrison in a statement said he was "humbled and excited" to be picked by Biden.
"Together, we’ll organize everywhere, invest in state parties, expand the map, and elect Democrats who will be champions for the working people of this country," he said.
Graham congratulated Harrison, writing in a tweet that "I’m confident he will do a good job representing the Democratic cause." Current DNC Chair Tom Perez said Harrison would "do an incredible job building on the progress we've made and strengthening our party."
Biden also picked several vice chairs, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The DNC will vote for its officers next week. Voting closes on Jan. 21 at noon. Members can choose officers who weren't picked by Biden.
“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 [sic] 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.”
Incoming White House deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon, who chaired Biden's campaign, called the slate "battle-tested" and "brilliant."
“These leaders know what we need to do to ensure the party is strong, inclusive, and continues to expand our coalition of support across the states—because that’s how we’ll continue winning races and electing leaders at every level who will build America back better," she added.
If Harrison wins the vote, he'll take over a party that won the White House and the Senate but suffered over a dozen losses in House races, cutting into the party's majority.
"I think it’s going to help define them and I think it’s going to help us have a big win in 2022."