Democratic Party of Georgia

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Democratic Party of Georgia
Chairman DuBose Porter
Senate leader Steve Henson
House leader Stacey Abrams
Headquarters Atlanta, GA
Ideology American liberalism
Progressivism
Center-left
National affiliation Democratic Party
Colors Blue
Seats in the Upper House
18 / 56
Seats in the Lower House
60 / 180
Website
www.georgiademocrat.org
Politics of the United States
Political parties
Elections

The Democratic Party of Georgia is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is one of the two major political parties in the state.

History[edit]

For over a century, the Democratic Party dominated Georgia state and local politics. From 1872 to 2002, the Democratic Party controlled the Governor's Mansion, both houses of the state legislature and most statewide offices.

After switching to the Republican Party in 1998, Sonny Perdue went on to defeat Democrat Roy Barnes in the 2002 gubernatorial election. Perdue's unexpected victory marked the beginning of a decline for the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy, the longest serving Speaker in any state legislature, lost his bid for another term in the state House.[1] Four Democrats in the Georgia State Senate changed their political affiliation, handing the upper house to the GOP. And in 2004, the Democratic Party lost control of the Georgia House of Representatives, putting the party in the minority for the first time in Georgia history.

The Democratic Party of Georgia entered the 2010 elections with hopes that former Governor Roy Barnes could win back the Governor's Mansion. Polls showed a tight race between Barnes and Republican gubernatorial nominee Nathan Deal.,[2] with some predicting a runoff election[3] However, on election day, Republicans won every statewide office.[4]

Leadership[edit]

The Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia is DuBose Porter. Porter was elected in August 2013 via special election and will serve the remainder of the term, which ends in 2015.

Eight individuals—Chairman DuBose Porter, First Vice Chair Nikema Williams, Wendy Davis, Dan Halpern, former state AFL-CIO President Richard Ray, Sally Rosser, State Representative Pamela Stephenson and former state Democratic Party Chairman David Worley—represent Georgia on the Democratic National Committee.

State Representative Stacey Abrams serves as Minority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives.[5] State Senator Steve Henson serves as Minority Leader in the Georgia Senate.[6]

Party officers[edit]

Officers of the Democratic Party of Georgia are elected by the state Democratic committee at a January meeting following each regular gubernatorial election.[7] Democratic Party of Georgia officers serve four-year terms, and there is no limit on the number of terms an individual can serve as a Democratic Party of Georgia officer. Below are the current officers of the Democratic Party of Georgia:

  • Chair: DuBose Porter
  • First Vice Chair: Nikema Williams
  • Congressional District/County Liaison Vice Chair: R.J. Hadley
  • Constituency Group Vice Chair: State Representative Pedro "Pete" Marin
  • Candidate Recruitment Vice Chair: Miguel Camacho
  • Secretary: Laverne Gaskins
  • Treasurer: State Sen. Lester Jackson[8]

Current Democratic officeholders[edit]

Five Democrats represent Georgia in the United State House of Representatives. The Democrats do not hold either of the two United State Senate seats. The last democratic senator from Georgia was former Georgia Governor Zell Miller serving from 2000-2005.

Members of United States Congress

The Democratic Party of Georgia controls none of the fourteen state constitutional offices. The Democrats control 20 of the 56 senatorial seats and 63 of 180 state house seats. Two-year terms of office apply to both houses, and the entire membership of each body is elected at the same time in even-numbered years.

Georgia Presidential Vote, 1948-2008[edit]

Since 1948, the Democrats have secured the state of Georgia 7 times, while the Republican party secured Georgia 8 times. However, during the past 6 presidential elections, the Democrats won the state of Georgia only once, in 1992. Bill Clinton won 43.47% of the vote while incumbent President George H.W. Bush carried 42.88%, while losing his quest for a 2nd term.

Georgia Presidential Vote, 1948-2008

Democratic National Committee[edit]

  • Members
    • Wendy Davis
    • Dan Halpern
    • Richard Ray
    • Sally Rosser
    • Chairman DuBose Porter
    • Rep. Pamela Stephenson
    • Nikema Williams
    • David Worley[9]

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