Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is the Democratic Hill committee for the United States Senate. It is the only organization solely dedicated to electing Democrats to the United States Senate. The DSCC's current Chairman is Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, who succeeded Senator Patty Murray following the 2012 elections. The DSCC's current Executive Director is Guy Cecil.

List of Chairs[edit]

Chuck Schumer, flanked by Democratic Senate challengers, speaks during the third day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, in his capacity as chair of the DSCC.
Name State Term of Service
Bennett Johnston, Jr. LA 1976-1977
Wendell H. Ford KY 1977-1983
Lloyd Bentsen TX 1983-1985
George Mitchell ME 1985-1987
John Kerry MA 1987-1989
John Breaux LA 1989-1991
Chuck Robb VA 1991-1993
Bob Graham FL 1993-1995
Bob Kerrey NE 1995-1999
Robert Torricelli NJ 1999-2001
Patty Murray WA 2001-2003
Jon Corzine NJ 2003-2005
Chuck Schumer NY 2005-2009
Bob Menendez NJ 2009-2011
Patty Murray WA 2011-2013
Michael Bennet CO 2013-

2011-12 election cycle[edit]

In 2012, 23 Democratic Senate seats were available, as opposed to 10 Republican seats. An increase of four seats would have given the GOP a Senate majority. In the election, three GOP seats and one Democratic seat was lost, increasing the Democratic majority by two.[1]

DSCC executive director said their strategy was to “localize” elections – make them “a choice between the two people on the ballot...and not simply allow it to be a nationalized election”.[2] Because this is not easy to do in a presidential election year, the DSCC has gone very much on the offensive, depicting Republican candidates and donors, and especially the Tea Party, as extreme. During the Florida and Indiana primaries, they are pushing that the Tea Party is working to move the GOP "so far to the right that candidates will say anything to get their party's nomination". The GOP is targeting four red states to pick up the seats they need for a Senate majority. They were looking at states that didn't swing for President Obama in 2008: Missouri, Montana, Nebraska and North Dakota.[2][3]

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DSCC has long focused on direct mail fundraising. Here, excerpts from a 2008 example with a plea from Senator and Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden.

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