Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will be the next chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will serve as his vice chair, the association announced on Tuesday. 

“Democratic Governors across the country are working to create jobs, expand opportunity, and take the balanced approach critical to continue moving our economy forward and boosting job growth,” said Shumlin in a statement. “I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues to serve the Democratic Governors Association as Chair for 2013, and look forward to helping elect strong Democratic leaders in our races.”

Shumlin replaces Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who will move to the role of finance chair. The association's current executive director, Colm O'Comartun, will stay on in his role in the next cycle. 

The Republican Governors Association previously announced that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will become chairman in 2013, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will take over the following year. 

Although they picked up a seat in 2012, Republicans face a tough gubernatorial map in 2013 and 2014. They will have to defend 24 of 38 seats up for grabs during the next two years.