Mar 09, 2009
Jon Vogel Named DCCC Executive Director
DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen and Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that House strategist and skilled political operative Jon Vogel has been named Executive Director. Brian Wolff, DCCC Executive Director and Speaker Pelosi's Political Director, will be leaving to join Edison Electric Institute as Senior Vice President. Under Brian's leadership, the DCCC has shattered fundraising records, forced 30 Republicans to retire, and picked up 24 Democratic seats.
Speaker Pelosi said, "Brian Wolff understands the people, the politics, and the policy that have driven Democratic victories over the last several years and helped move America in a New Direction. The entire Democratic Caucus will miss his encyclopedic knowledge of the candidates and districts around the country. Brian has been a trusted advisor to me, as well as a dear friend, and I know he will remain an invaluable resource to me and to my colleagues. I wish him the best as he takes on this new challenge."
Chairman Van Hollen said, "Brian Wolff is an extraordinary strategist and manager. He was a pivotal factor in the sweeping Democratic House victories in 2006 and 2008 and he will remain a trusted advisor. I'm excited that Jon Vogel will be our new Executive Director. Jon brings a deep level of understanding about House campaigns that can only be gained from two extremely successful cycles."
Brian Wolff said, "It was an honor to work with Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Van Hollen, former Chairman Rahm Emanuel, and the extraordinary Members of the House Democratic Caucus. Jon Vogel will make a fantastic Executive Director of the Committee."
Jon Vogel said, "It's an honor to be working with Chairman Van Hollen, Speaker Pelosi, and the DCCC team. It's a thrill to be working to protect and expand on the gains House Democrats have made the past two cycles and I look forward to getting to work for our Members and candidates."
Jon Vogel comes back to the DCCC from Global Strategy Group, a national polling and consulting firm. He previously led the DCCC's 2008 Independent Expenditure Program that was responsible for picking up 24 seats. Prior to running the IE, Vogel served as the Political Director, overseeing candidate recruitment and campaign planning and strategy. During the historic 2006 cycle, Vogel served as the Northeastern and Florida Regional Political Director.
Before coming to the DCCC, Jon was a Vice President at Winning Directions, a Democratic direct mail firm from 2004-2005. Between 1997 and 2000 Jon managed and raised money for a number of state and congressional races including helping elect Steve Israel to Congress in a Republican open seat in 2000. From 2001-2003 Jon worked on Capitol Hill as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Israel. During the 2004 Presidential Primary, Jon was Midwest Finance Director for the Gephardt for President Campaign.
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