Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel (search), a former political operative for President Clinton, was named head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (search) on Sunday, replacing the late Rep. Robert Matsui (search).

Emanuel, a former senior staffer for the House Democrats' fund-raising and recruiting organization, will lead the Democratic effort to regain control of the House in 2006.

Matsui, D-Calif., died Jan. 1 of complications from a rare form of bone marrow disease.