The man who got me truly engaged in progressive politics is stepping down.

After four years at the helm of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean is preparing to relinquish his chairmanship.

Dean, who has been serving in the post since 2005, has said in the past that he would serve only one term, though his successful work with the Obama campaign had led some Democrats to wonder whether he would stay on into the next administration. This won't be the case, officials at the DNC confirm. He will serve as chair until his term ends in January. The party will settle on a new head when it hosts a meeting during the week of Obama's inauguration.
I knew in my heart that he was only going to serve one term, but I'd held out hope he might stay on. For all the smack talk about how he was outraised by the RNC, the fact is that his DNC raised more money than any other Democratic National Committee, and did more with it as well, organizing in more states and supporting more local and state parties than any chair in recent memory. Barack Obama's victory comes, in part, from Dean's resurgent party and his demand in 2004 that Democrats be proud of who they are and what they stand for.

I don't know what the future holds for Chairman/Governor/Doctor Dean, but I hope he stays involved. Maybe if Senator Leahy retires?...

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