Congressman Tim Ryan Announces DCCC Reforms

Nov 21, 2016

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) today announces proposed reforms for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC):  

“The regressive agenda we can expect from President Trump and Congressional Republicans means that our party cannot afford to fall short of reclaiming our majority in 2018,” said Ryan. “Like any winning team success starts with good recruiting. We need to get back to our grassroots in how we find and support new candidates and how we integrate all members of our Caucus in that process.”

CHANGING HOW WE RECRUIT FOR A NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITY

  1. Currently, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair is handpicked by the Democratic Leader and then ratified by a vote of the full Caucus. If elected Democratic Leader I will seek a change in Caucus rules to require the DCCC Chair be elected in the same manner as the top five members of our Leadership (Leader, Whip, Assistant Democratic Leader, Caucus Chair, and Vice Chair).
  2. Every region in our Caucus must have a voice at the DCCC if we are to draw on the expertise of Members who already know how best to get elected in their region. If elected Democratic Leader, I will ask that each of our 12 regions select a Member to represent their region as a DCCC Vice-Chair. These Vice-Chairs would assist the DCCC Chair in recruiting candidates and retaining Members from every region.
  3. The DCCC must not lose touch with the perspective and energy of our newest Members. If elected Democratic Leader, I would ask that the Freshman Class appoint a Freshman Advisor to the DCCC Chair.
  4. As a Caucus, all Members need to play an important role in how we recruit, support and engage upcoming candidates. As Democratic Leader, I will work with the DCCC to create a Congressional Mentorship Program that will connect current Members with candidates around the country. This program will provide Democratic candidates with campaigning, fundraising, and overall strategy advice from experienced Members of our Caucus.
  5. We must do a better job supporting candidates earlier in the election cycle. We cannot wait until the final months before Election Day to get active in Congressional races. If elected Democratic Leader, I will work with the DCCC Chair to ensure we are doing a better job of assisting candidates earlier—including not only financial help but also simply providing more extensive technical advice and tools.