debbie_wasseman_schultz_3.jpgWASHINGTON (AP) _ A Democratic official says President Barack Obama wants Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stay on as party chairwoman.

Wasserman Schultz has overseen the Democratic National Committee since early 2011.

Party officials credit her in part with helping Democrats expand their majority in the Senate, picking up more seats in the House, and helping the president carry her home state of Florida.

Obama is asking DNC members to back Wasserman Schultz when they meet in January, just after the president's inauguration.

The official requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publically. The president's support for Wasserman Schultz staying on was first reported by Politico.