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Our Party


DLU SymbolDemocrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own—that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same rules. Our party, led by President Obama, is focused on building an economy that lasts—an economy that lifts up all Americans.

That’s why Democrats are working to advance issues like job creation, education, health care, and clean energy—and you’ll find all the information you need on these important issues right here on Democrats.org .

The Democratic National Committee

The Democratic National Committee promotes the election of party candidates with technical and financial support. The DNC works with national, state, and local party organizations, including elected officials, candidates, constituencies, and grassroots volunteers across the country.


The Democratic Governors’ Association

The Democratic Governors’ Association was founded in 1983 to support the candidacy of Democratic governors throughout the nation. The DGA provides political and strategic assistance to gubernatorial campaigns. In addition, the DGA plays an integral role in developing positions on key state and federal issues that affect the states through the governors’ policy forum series.


The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

The purpose of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is to elect more Democrats to the United States Senate. From grassroots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all year, every year to increase the number of Democratic senators. They provide services such as designing and helping execute field operations, polling, creating radio and television commercials, fundraising, communications, and management consulting. www. dscc .org

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee serves as the official national Democratic campaign committee charged with recruiting, assisting, funding, and electing Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives. They provide services that include designing and helping execute field operations, polling, creating radio and television commercials, fundraising, communications, and management consulting.

www. dccc .org

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee provides strategic services and financial assistance to Democratic leaders and candidates at the state legislative level. For nearly a decade, DLCC has been an integral part of the continued success Democrats have had winning at the state legislative level.


www. dlcc .org

 Our Leaders

President of the United States

Barack Obama

On November 4, 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama was elected the 44th and first African American President of the United States. After working his way through college, Obama dedicated himself to helping rebuild Chicago’s under-served communities, a commitment he continued after graduating from Harvard Law School. He was elected to the Illinois State Senate n 1996 and to the U.S. Senate in 2004, and beginning in 2007, he launched his campaign for higher office. Obama’s campaign and subsequent election inspired millions of Americans to get involved in the political process, many for the first time. He was sworn in on January 20, 2009.


Vice President of the United States

Joe Biden

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and raised in Delaware, Vice President Joe Biden was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, becoming the sixth youngest senator in history. In the senate, Biden served as chairman of the Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees, played an active role in passing the 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act, and helped shape policy on many other domestic and international issues.



House Democratic Leader

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Nancy Pelosi made history in 2007, breaking the marble ceiling to become the first woman to serve as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. She served as speaker for four successful years, during which she and her leadership team addressed challenging issues facing the American people. Now, as House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats will work tirelessly to hold House Republicans accountable and protect the interests of the American people.


Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)

Since Nevadans elected him to the Senate in 1986, Harry Reid has developed a reputation as a consensus builder and a skillful legislator. Even his Republican colleagues praise his reasoned, balanced approach.



Democratic National Committee Chair

As the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz works every day to advance President Obama’s agenda and re-election campaign and to elect Democratic candidates across the country. First elected to Congress in 2004, Rep. Wasserman Schultz has been a rising presence in the House and a tireless advocate for Democratic values. Prior to becoming chair, Rep. Wasserman Schultz was DNC vice chair.



Our History

For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights, health care, Social Security, workers’ rights, and women’s rights. We are the party of Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, FDR , and the countless everyday Americans who work each day to build a more perfect union. Take a look at some of our accomplishments, and you’ll see why we’re proud to be Democrats.



19th Amendment: Woman’s Suffrage

Under the leadership of Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, the U.S. Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee’s became the 36th state to ratify women’s suffrage, and it became our nation’s 19th amendment.

In the 1930s, Americans turned to Democrats and elected President Franklin Roosevelt to end the Great Depression. President Roosevelt offered Americans a New Deal that put people back to work, stabilized farm prices, and brought electricity to rural homes and communities.

Under President Roosevelt, Social Security established a promise that lasts to this day: growing old would never again mean growing poor.



Social Security Act

One of the most enduring parts of FDR’s New Deal, the Social Security Act provides assistance to retirees, the unemployed, widows, and orphans. By signing this act, FDR was the first president to advocate for federal assistance for the elderly. It was largely opposed by Republican legislators.

In 1944, FDR signed the G.I. Bill—a historic measure that provided unprecedented benefits for soldiers returning from World War II, including low-cost mortgages, loans to start a business, and tuition and living expenses for those seeking higher education. Harry Truman helped rebuild Europe after World War II with the Marshall Plan and oversaw the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. By integrating the military, President Truman helped to bring down barriers of race and gender and pave the way the way for civil rights advancements in the years that followed.

In the 1960s, Americans again turned to Democrats and elected President John Kennedy to tackle the challenges of a new era. President Kennedy dared Americans to put a man on the moon, created the Peace Corps, and negotiated a treaty banning atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons.

And after President Kennedy’s assassination, Americans looked to President Lyndon Johnson, who offered a new vision of a Great Society and signed into law the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.



Civil Rights Act

This landmark piece of legislation outlawed major forms of discrimination against African Americans and women and prohibited racial segregation. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, it ended unequal voting requirements and segregated schools, workplaces, and public facilities.

President Johnson’s enactment of Medicare was a watershed moment in America’s history that redefined our country’s commitment to our seniors—offering a new promise that all Americans have the right to a healthy retirement.

In 1976, in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Americans elected Jimmy Carter to restore dignity to the White House. He created the Departments of Education and Energy and helped to forge a lasting peace between Israel and Egypt.

In 1992, after 12 years of Republican presidents, record budget deficits and high unemployment, Americans turned to Democrats once again and elected Bill Clinton to get America moving again. President Clinton balanced the budget, helped the economy add 23 million new jobs, and oversaw the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in history.

We are the party of Barack Obama,John F. Kennedy, FDR, and the countless everyday Americans who work each day to build a more perfect union.

Under President Obama’s direction and congressional Democrats’ leadership, we’ve reformed a health care system that was broken and extended health insurance to 32 million Americans.

And in 2008, Americans turned to Democrats and elected President Obama to reverse our country’s slide into the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression and undo eight years of policies that favored the few over the many.



  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

After decades of trying and despite unanimous opposition from Republicans, President Obama and Democrats passed comprehensive health reform into law in March 2010. The Affordable Care Act will hold insurance companies accountable, lower costs, expand coverage, and improve care for all Americans.

We’ve reined in a financial system that was out of control and delivered the toughest consumer protections ever enacted.

We’ve reworked our student loan system to make higher education more affordable and won the fight for equal pay for women.

We passed the Recovery Act, which created or helped to save millions of jobs and made unprecedented investments in the major pillars of our country.

From America’s beginnings to today, people have turned to Democrats to meet our country’s most pressing challenges—and pave the way for a future that lifts up all Americans.

All Information obtained from the Democrats Website: Democrats

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