Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee by its members in an uncontested election Wednesday after President Barack Obama nominated her in April.
The president called into the gathering to congratulate Schultz.
"She stays focused and accomplishes goals," Obama said. "Thanks for supporting Debbie. I know it will be a tough 18 more months but I know we're going to get this thing done."
The Florida representative succeeds former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine who stepped down to run for the Senate and interim chair, CNN Contributor Donna Brazile.