House Democratic leaders have handed Rep. Donna Edwards an elevated role with the party’s campaign committee, a fresh indication that the Maryland lawmaker is viewed as a rising star by her colleagues.

Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced Tuesday that Edwards would serve as one of two co-chairs of the Red-to-Blue Program, which “highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, and strategic support.” The program identifies the party’s best challenger candidates and encourages them to meet a series of fundraising goals.

Edwards was one of four leaders of the same program in the 2010 cycle, during which she helped recruit candidates.

Edwards is close to House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) but also has close relationships with other key party figures, including House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) and Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the assistant Democratic leader.