Senator Chris Van Hollen is the Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Marylanders elected him to the Senate in 2016 with more than 60 percent of the vote, a testament to his strong record of public service as an activist for everyday people at the local, state and national level.
Chris was first elected to Congress in 2002 in a grassroots upset against a 15 year Republican incumbent. He quickly established a reputation for independence and hard work, championing initiatives to advance the priorities of working families and pushing back against powerful special interests. His first legislative victory as a new member put an end to abusive bank profiteering from the student loan program. Chris went on to play a key role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Wall Street Reform law, and the Economic Recovery Act that helped rebuild our shattered economy. After the Republican wave of 2010, he led the charge against the Tea Party budget, fighting successfully to protect Medicare and Social Security and vital investments in education, transportation, and programs for the most needy. Since becoming a senator, Chris has cosponsored the Same Day Registration Act, which would require states to allow people to register to vote on the same day as an election, advocated for federal investments to modernize our infrastructure, and called for an independent prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. He will continue to fight for bold measures to revive the promise that every individual in our country has the chance to climb the ladder of opportunity and lead a successful and fulfilling life regardless of race, creed, gender, wealth or zip code.
In an unprecedented move, leader Schumer asked Chris to chair the DSCC as a first term member of the Senate because of his respect for his work as an effective and hard charging leader in our party. Chris previously served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and knows what it takes to win. He knows the importance of electing leaders who will protect American values and fight for an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and the powerful.