Washington (CNN) – Two senior Democratic Party officials tell CNN that President Barack Obama will ask Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida to stay on for a second term as chair of the Democratic National Committee.
The DNC meets in Washington, D.C. on January 22, the day after the president's second inauguration, for its annual winter meetings. The top thing on the agenda at the gathering is to vote on the chair and other party officials for the next two years.
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Wasserman Schultz replaced former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as DNC chair in the spring of 2011, after Kaine stepped down to run for the U.S. Senate.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement describing Wasserman Schultz as a "dynamic leader and a strong voice for the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates."
"Her hard work, dedication, persistence, and commitment to the Democratic cause yielded positive results for President Obama and congressional Democrats in 2012, and we look forward to working with her to build on our gains and expand the reach of our party in the years to come," she wrote.
Politico first reported that Obama will ask Wasserman Schultz to stay at the DNC.
Update 4:04 p.m. ET: Obama tweeted about his decision later Monday, and she tweeted back.
I've asked Debbie Wasserman Schultz to continue her excellent work as chair of the DNC. Thanks for all you do, Debbie. -bo—
Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 03, 2012
D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) December 03, 2012