Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Lucinda Guinn as its new executive director Thursday after a tumultuous summer that saw massive turnover in the group.
Guinn the former leader of EMILY's List, a group that supports female Democratic candidates. DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., announced Guinn's appointment in a letter to members.
"Lucinda is a respected leader, manager and strategist with the right experience to help lead our efforts to protect and expand our majority and push even further into Republican territory," Bustos said in a statement.
She worked previously for the DCCC during the 2008 and 2012 election cycles but most recently she's been helping Democratic women get into office.
"In 2018, Guinn was integral in helping elect an historic number of diverse women candidates who were central to Democratic successes in securing the House Majority," the DCCC said in a statement.
Guinn was chosen among 40 potential candidates and 13 in-person interviews. Dozens of House Democrats supported Guinn. The search was open, competitive and inclusive, the DCCC said in a statement.
"The DCCC couldn't have made a better pick than Lucinda Guinn," EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock said. "She's a strategic, passionate leader who has devoted her career to electing Democrats -- and she's proven quite good at it. And as a Latina, from El Paso, I know she is just the person to protect the majority and grow it within the new battleground state of Texas."
The DCCC's previous director, Allison Jaslow, resigned in July along with several other top staffers over concerns with diversity within the organization.