Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz received the gavel Wednesday to lead the Democratic National Committee, vowing to the 440 serving members that Democrats will "not be outworked" in the 2012 election.
The newly elected chair asked the DNC members to educate America so that each voter knows "what Democrats have done for them and what Republicans have done against them."
"It's hard to understand how they (Republicans) can be so out of touch with American priorities," the Florida representative said.
President Barack Obama nominated the four-term congressman to fill the post vacated by former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine who is now running for Senate and at the group's meeting Wednesday, she became the third woman to hold the post. CNN contributor and former Al Gore campaign director Donna Brazile served as interim chair.
Shortly after the uncontested vote, the president called into the gathering to congratulate Schultz.
"She is the right person for the moment," Obama said. "She stays focused and accomplishes goals."
Wasserman Schultz, a former Florida state representative, has been an outspoken voice for Democrats on Capitol Hill, advocating, often in the national media, for health care reform, consumer protection and more recently for her friend and colleague, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was injured in the Arizona shootings earlier this year.
In her address Wednesday, she laid out her three-point plan to defeat Republicans, ensuring Democrats win the White House, retain control of the Senate and win back control of the House.
To avoid the Republican policies that she said have "failed America over and over and over again," Democrats need to support the president's agenda, institute the best organization and hold Republicans accountable for their agenda.
"Republicans will throw everything they have at us. Fortunately, our everything is better," Wasserman Schultz said. "We know a little something about 'yes, we can,' but Republicans seem to be stuck on 'no, we can't.'"
Sean Spicer, Communications Director for the Republican National Committee responded to the election by saying she has "her work cut out for her."
"We wish Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz the best of luck," Spicer said. "With millions of Americans still looking for jobs, four dollar a gallon gas, rising consumer good prices, and efforts by Democrats to give Barack Obama a blank check to raise Washington’s spending, she certainly has her work cut out for her."