Governor Deval Patrick, who has increased his national visibility as a frequent ambassador for Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign, is set to take a more prominent role within the Democratic Party this summer as party faithful gather for their convention.
Patrick was recently chosen by Democratic leaders as one of three co-chairpersons of the convention's Platform Committee, which is charged with charting the course for the national party on issues and policy. Patrick will lead the effort along with Patricia Madrid, a former New Mexico attorney general, and Judith McHale, former president and CEO of Discovery Communications Inc.
"These outstanding leaders reflect the great strength, diversity, and energy of the Democratic Party, and I'm confident their efforts will ensure our convention in Denver is reflective of our shared values and our nominee's vision for America," Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean said in a statement.
The Democratic National Convention is scheduled for Aug. 25-28 in Denver. It's unclear whether Patrick will get a speaking slot, a decision unlikely to be made until the party has its presidential and vice presidential nominees. Given his support for Obama, Patrick may be a more likely choice for a speaking role if the Illinois senator wins the nomination.
Since endorsing Obama in the fall, Patrick has campaigned for him in New Hampshire and Iowa, appeared on his behalf on national cable shows, and served as a surrogate in post-debate spin rooms. Patrick is expected to spend this weekend campaigning for Obama in South Carolina, where Democrats go to the polls Jan. 26.