Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin reelected as DGA chairman

December 9, 2013
Gov. Peter Shumlin served as a state representative and senator before winning Vermont's governorship. Soon after he took office, Shumlin proposed $83 million in state budget cuts. (19/01/2011) (Toby Talbot/AP)
Gov. Peter Shumlin  (Toby Talbot/AP)

The Democratic Governors Association voted to give Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) a second term as its chairman Monday.

Shumlin cited Democrats' victory in the Virginia governor's race this year and pledged in a statement to try to build on the momentum of that win in 2014.

"I appreciate the support of my colleagues, and look forward to the important work of growing the ranks of Democratic governors," he said.

The DGA, which is hosting its annual meeting in Washington on Monday, also elected New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan vice chair. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will become finance chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will serve as chair of the Governor's Cabinet. All three were elected governor in 2012.

Shumlin succeeded Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley as DGA chairman in 2012. He will lead the DGA into a year in which the organization is looking to go on offense in gubernatorial races, with 22 Republican-held seats up, compared to just 14 Democratic seats.

At the staff level, Colm O'Comartun plans to remain the DGA's executive director for a second full cycle.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was recently elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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