Final day of the Democratic National Convention

South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. File

Departing S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison has picked up a new job working with the national party headquarters.

Harrison is becoming associate chairman and counselor of the Democratic National Committee.

"In order to enact Democratic policies to help all Americans, including those who live in red states, I will be working to build a 57-state and territory strategy," he said in his announcement.

"I will be leading DNC initiatives including the State Party Partnership, training programs, vendor diversity, and 2020 planning including the convention, debates and nominating process," he said.

The job also includes leading outreach to the DNC’s Southern Caucus, Rural Caucus, Disability Caucus and Native American Council.

Harrison will step down from his state post this month. South Carolina Democrats will elect a new leader April 29 at their convention convention in Columbia.

Harrison said he is optimistic about the party's future.

"While the odds for Democrats in South Carolina can seem long, the importance of the task requires our long-term commitment, and your dedication to the people of our state, and to the ideals of our nation, has inspired me every single day," he said.

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Political Editor

Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.

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