BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has been picked to serve as a co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Obama campaign officials say the co-chairs will serve as ambassadors for the president, offer advice on key issues, host campaign events and leading organizing efforts in all 50 states.

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Patrick said he was proud and honored to help the campaign.

The Massachusetts Democrat is a friend and longtime backer of Obama and has already served as a political surrogate for Obama at public events and fundraisers.

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A political action committee formed by Patrick to help pay for his travels on behalf of Obama and other Democrat candidates nationwide raised more than $575,000 in contributions in 2011.

The PAC reported spending nearly $327,000 and had about $249,000 left in cash at the start of 2012.

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