House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has tapped Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico to head the party's campaign committee.

Lujan, who was elected in 2008, will succeed New York Rep. Steve Israel as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Lujan led the committee's Latino Council this past election.

Pelosi made the announcement through Twitter, saying Lujan's vision, energy and leadership will mean victory for Democrats in 2016.

Democrats lost at least a dozen seats in the midterm elections as Republicans romped.