Washington (CNN) – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be named chairman of the Democratic National Convention.
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told members Tuesday she would nominate Villaraigosa to the position, according to an email obtained by CNN from a Democratic source who asked not to be identified.
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Villaraigosa, a prominent Hispanic leader, is expected to be a key surrogate for President Barack Obama on the campaign trail as Obama seeks a second term.
"Mayor Villaraigosa has dedicated his career to civic engagement and empowering people at the grassroots," Wasserman Shultz said in the email. "And that's exactly what we need to be successful at this convention–input and engagement from Americans across the country."
The Los Angeles mayor will oversee the daily program for the convention, scheduled for the first week of September in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A formal announcement naming Villaraigosa chairman will be made Wednesday, two Democratic sources said.
News that Villaraigosa would be named convention chair was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.