Gov. Whitmer named nominee for DNC vice chair

Posted at 9:52 PM, Jan 14, 2021

(WXYZ) — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

In 2020, Whitmer served as co-chair for the Biden-Harris campaign and was named to the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Prior to Biden choosing Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, Gov. Whitmer was up for consideration. In an Associated Press report, it was Whitmer who suggested to Biden that he choose a Black woman as VP.

"Whitmer sent word to Biden’s team that while she was flattered, she no longer wanted to be considered for the running mate slot, according to a high-ranking Democrat familiar with the process," read the AP report. "She recommended Biden pick a Black woman."

Other nominees include:
Jaime Harrison, Chair
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Protection
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Vice Chair
Rep. Filemon Vela Jr., Vice Chair
Jason Rae, Secretary
Virginia McGregor, Treasurer
Chris Korge, National Finance Chair

Members of the DNC will vote for its officer Thursday, Jan. 21.