Sen. Warren tapped for Democratic leadership post

Democrats lost control of the Senate to Republicans during the midterm elections

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, after Senate Democrats voted on leadership positions for the 114th Congress. From left are, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Warren, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is being given a top Democratic leadership post, further raising her profile on Capitol Hill.

Warren, who only won election to the Senate two years ago, was tapped by Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada to serve as strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

In an email to supporters Thursday, Warren called her new title a fancy way of saying she’s been asked to help Democratic leaders decide how the party can best fight for the people counting on them.

The Massachusetts Democrat is a favorite of liberals, who have embraced her fiery rhetoric trained at financial institutions and in support of graduates facing mountains of student loan debt and homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages.

Democrats lost control of the Senate to Republicans during the midterm elections.

Warren acknowledged that “life is about to get harder in the Senate” for Democrats when Republican take control of the chamber in January, but said her new post is a chance to keep working on behalf of seniors relying solely on Social Security checks to keep a roof over their heads and “working moms and dads struggling to make it on minimum wage.”

“Washington is a tough place, and it’s not easy to make real, lasting changes. We all know that. But we also know it’s possible, and we know how much it matters,” Warren wrote. “That’s why we’re going to keep fighting for what we believe in.”

Warren’s most ardent supporters have called on her to consider running for president in 2016, somethingWarren brushes aside.

Massachusetts has an all-Democratic congressional delegation.

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