Howard Dean selected as the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee

February 12, 2005-- Posted at 12:30p.m. CST

Howard Dean is the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

The sometimes blunt former Vermont governor was elected to replace outgoing party chief Terry Mcauliffe.

The former presidential candidate is promising to rebuild state parties, take the offense against Republicans, and better explain Democratic party positions.

Dean says his first task will be working with Democrats in conservative states in the south and west.