Big oil protected by GOP, Democrats say

Big oil protected by GOP, Democrats say

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- A Democratic lawmaker in the United States said his Republican counterparts are leaving lush tax breaks in place for big oil despite efforts to cut spending.
People long for more civilized society

People long for more civilized society

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The killing of six people in Tucson is another example of the anguished mental state of many people, said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

Democrats defend running against leaders

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The head of the Democrats' campaign to hold the U.S. House Sunday defended members who are running against their own leadership in TV ads.
Democrats challenge tax-cut job creation

Democrats challenge tax-cut job creation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee expressed skepticism over the idea that extending Bush-era tax cuts would create jobs.

Democrats examining candidates' strength

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Democratic leaders say they are scrutinizing the upcoming November elections to see where their resources will be best spent.

Vote on Disclosure Act delayed

WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- A vote on a new U.S. campaign-finance law has been delayed until after the Memorial Day break, giving business groups more time to lobby against it.
Dems, GOP trade accusations on threats

Dems, GOP trade accusations on threats

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- Actions by both parties hampered efforts by U.S. House Democratic and Republican leaders to condemn threats against their members, aides said.

House leader predicts reform will pass

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. House Democratic leader said Sunday he believes Congress will approve healthcare legislation.

Alexander: Holder should step down

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should resign over the government's treatment of a terrorism suspect, a Republican senator says.
Brown's election clouds healthcare's fate

Brown's election clouds healthcare's fate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts puts healthcare reform at risk, as House Democrats indicate they aren't inclined to move fast on the Senate version.

U.S. South turning Democratic blue

SOUTHAVEN, Miss., May 14 (UPI) -- Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives own a 37-seat majority after a win in the Republican stronghold of northern Mississippi, election results show.

La. sends Scalise, Cazayoux to Congress

BATON ROUGE, La., May 3 (UPI) -- Louisiana state Sen. Steve Scalise and state Rep. Don Cazayoux won special elections Saturday to represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Louisiana special election lineups set

BATON ROUGE, La., April 6 (UPI) -- Steve Scalise is a step closer to winning the 1st Congressional District seat previously held by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, having won the Republican primary.

Superdelegates divided on their role

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- There is growing concern among U.S. Democratic leaders that there could be a protracted battle for the party's presidential nomination, a report said Sunday.

Democrat wins Hastert's district in Ill.

AURORA, Ill., March 8 (UPI) -- Democrat Bill Foster, a political newcomer, won a special election Saturday in the Illinois congressional district of Republican former Speaker Dennis Hastert.
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Chris Van Hollen
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD, talks about legislation some Democrats are supporting to strengthen whistle blower laws and other government accountability measures on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 14, 2007. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr. (born January 10, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes most of Montgomery County, an affluent suburban county adjacent to Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Prince George's County, another Washington suburb.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a new leadership post, Assistant to the Speaker, in 2006 so that Van Hollen could be present at all leadership meetings. After the Democrats regained control of the House in the 2006 elections, Van Hollen became the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fifth-ranking position among House Democrats. In this post, Van Hollen was responsible for leading efforts to get more Democrats elected to Congress.

After the Democratic losses in 2010, Van Hollen did not run for re-election to chair of the DCCC. Van Hollen instead chose to run for the top Democratic spot on the House Budget Committee, which was being vacated by outgoing chairman John Spratt who had been defeated for re-election. Van Hollen was elected as the ranking member on the Budget Committee on November 17, 2010. Pelosi appointed him to the 12-member bipartisan Committee on Deficit Reduction with a mandate for finding major budget reductions by late 2011.

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