WASHINGTON--The Obama campaign announced its 35 national co-chairs on Wednesday and the complete list shows strategic hands at work: very heavy on folks from battleground states.
Chicagoans on the list: The Obama campaign is tapping six from Chicago to be national co-chairs: Bill Daley, Sen. Dick Durbin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Penny Pritzker, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Alan Solow.
Daley was announced as a co-chair after he submitted is resignation as President Barack Obama's chief of staff. Emanuel, who was Obama's first chief of staff, business woman Pritzker and attorney Solow-- past Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations-- already serve as advisors to the campaign.
Illinois Democrats Durbin and Schakowsky as were Pritzker and Solow were among Obama's earliest backers when he launched his 2008 White House bid.
Below, from the Obama campaign....
OBAMA FOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS
CHICAGO - Obama for America announced today the campaign's National Co-Chairs, a diverse group of leaders from around the country committed to re-electing President Obama. They will serve as ambassadors for the President, advise the campaign on key issues, and help engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states.
"The President's National Co-Chairs will be tremendous assets on the ground as we build the biggest grassroots campaign in history," said Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager. "They each share the President's vision for a future where every American can have a fair shot at success, where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded."
Our National Co-Chairs' varied backgrounds and experiences will prove invaluable as they connect with the President's supporters and advocate on his behalf on the campaign trail. They are proud of the President's record and leadership in rebuilding the economy after the worst economic crisis in generations and helping restore security to middle-class families through cutting taxes, investing in education, expanding manufacturing, increasing America's energy independence, ensuring that everyone has access to affordable health care, and making sure that everyone - from Wall Street to Main Street - plays by the same rules.
· Lynnette Acosta - OFA volunteer leader from Florida
· Marc Benioff - CEO of Salesforce.com
· Senator Michael Bennet - U.S. Senator from Colorado
· Mayor Julian Castro - Mayor of San Antonio
· Governor Lincoln Chafee - Governor of Rhode Island
· Ann Cherry - Retired teacher and OFA volunteer leader from North Carolina
· Representative Judy Chu - Representing the 32nd District of California
· Representative Emanuel Cleaver - Representing the 5th District of Missouri
· Bill Daley - Former White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
· Maria Elena Durazo - Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
· Senator Dick Durbin - U.S. Senator from Illinois
· Mayor Rahm Emanuel - Mayor of Chicago
· Senator Russ Feingold - Former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin
· Representative Charles A. Gonzalez - Representing the 20th District of Texas
· Loretta Harper - High School Counselor and OFA volunteer leader from Nevada
· Attorney General Kamala Harris - Attorney General of California
· Sai Iyer - Student at Virginia Commonwealth University and OFA volunteer leader from Virginia
· Caroline Kennedy - Author/President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
· Eva Longoria - Actress and Philanthropist
· Felesia Martin - OFA volunteer leader from Wisconsin
· Bishop Vashti McKenzie - African Methodist Episcopal Bishop
· Attorney General Tom Miller - Attorney General of Iowa
· Kalpen Modi - Actor/Former White House Associate Director for the Office of Public Engagement
· Admiral John Nathman - Retired U.S. Navy Admiral
· Governor Deval Patrick - Governor of Massachusetts
· Secretary Federico Pena - Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Secretary of Energy
· Elaine Price - Retired Ohio resident and OFA volunteer leader from Ohio
· Penny Pritzker - Founder and CEO of PSP Capital Partners
· John Register - U.S. Army Veteran and Paralympian
· Representative Jan Schakowsky - Representing the 9th District of Illinois
· Senator Jeanne Shaheen - U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
· Joe Solmonese - President of the Human Rights Campaign
· Alan Solow - Partner at DLA Piper LLP and past Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
· Governor Ted Strickland - Former Governor of Ohio
· Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa - Mayor of Los Angeles
Statements from National Co-Chairs:
Senator Jeanne Shaheen: "President Obama has the right vision for this country. I am proud to support a campaign that embraces investment in America's future and support a leader in innovation, education, and energy."
Marc Benioff: "It's an honor to serve the President as a campaign co-chair. His focus on American jobs and support for companies that create jobs here in America are just what we need to keep this recovery moving."
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: "I am honored to serve as a national co-chair for Obama For America because this is a 'make or break' moment for the middle class. November's election will provide voters with a clear choice: On the one side is a President who is fighting to create jobs, investing in our future, and working to reform our immigration system. On the other side is a Republican Party that is rejecting common-sense jobs measures, gutting investments in our future, and espousing 'self-deportation' policies that divide us as a nation."
Governor Deval Patrick: "I am proud and honored to serve as a co-chair for President Obama's reelection campaign. We need this President's continued leadership to help us leave our country better than we found it."
Representative Emanuel Cleaver: "President Obama has called for a national commitment to create an economy built to last - one based on fairness, opportunity, and investments in our future. With strong investments in K-12 and higher education in our most vulnerable communities and investments in job training, infrastructure and community reinvestment, the President has helped ease the burden for hard working American families and open doors of opportunity for generations to come. I am committed to working tirelessly as a National Co-Chair for Obama for America to ensure the President can continue to carry out his vision for an economy built to last and continue to bring positive change to our great country."
Elaine Price: "In a time of great uncertainty, President Obama stepped up and saved our community from a depression and rescued the auto industry - our region's biggest employer. Now we are growing and the American auto industry is again leading the world. Both my community and everyone I speak with feels like they have a new lease on life. The President's sincerity and vision for America keeps me passionate about doing everything I can to make sure he has a second term."
Attorney General Kamala Harris: "As a longtime supporter of Barack Obama, I am honored to serve as a National Co-Chair for Obama for America. Since taking office, the President has worked tirelessly to provide relief for struggling middle-class families and to lay a foundation for a strong economy that's built to last. The President's leadership and vision for the future will continue to move the country forward, rather than taking us back to the failed policies of the past."