Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine announced Monday the membership of a commission created to recommend changes in the party's primary calendar.

According to the DNC, the commission will ensure that a Democratic primary does not result in a contested national convention, which almost occurred during the last presidential election between then-nominees Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Specifically, the commission will address three issues: changing the window of time during which primaries and caucuses may be held; reducing the number of superdelegates; and improving the caucus system.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), both strong supporters of Obama during the election, will head the commission.

Other members of the commission include Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael Coleman; Iowa state Treasurer Tom Miller; and Obama campaign manager David Plouffe.

The DNC said that commission members will report to the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee, which will shape the final proposal for the new primary calendar that will then be presented to the full DNC membership.

This Commission will focus on reform that improves the presidential nominating process to put voters first and ensure that as many people as possible can participate, Kaine said.

I want to thank all the members of the Commission who have agreed to serve, including Congressman Clyburn and Senator McCaskill who have graciously agreed to serve as co-chairs.

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