Adam Parkhomenko

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Adam Parkhomenko
Parkhomenko DNC Baltimore.jpg
Born Adam Julian Parkhomenko
(1985-10-22) October 22, 1985 (age 32)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Residence Arlington, VA
Occupation Former National Field Director, Democratic National Committee
Known for Founder of Ready for Hillary
Political party Democratic
Children Cameron Julian Parkhomenko

Adam Parkhomenko is a Democratic political strategist and organizer who served as National Field Director for the Democratic National Committee in 2016.[1] He was the co-founder and executive director of Ready for Hillary, a super PAC established to persuade Hillary Clinton to run for the presidency of the United States in 2016.[2][3][4] In the 2017 party election, Parkhomenko was a candidate for Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee.[5]


In 2003, while a 17-year-old student at Northern Virginia Community College, Parkhomenko set up, an independent website that urged voters to vote for Hillary Clinton during the 2004 Democratic presidential primary.[6][7][8][9] He later ran Draft Hillary for President 2004, which was founded in 2003 and shut down in 2004.[10]

HillPAC, Clinton's political action committee, hired Parkhomenko as a staffer while he was leading Draft Hillary for President 2004.[10][11][12][13] He worked in various capacities for Clinton, including a stint as assistant to Clinton’s campaign manager during the 2008 Democratic primary.[14][15] He left the Clinton presidential campaign in March 2008.[12]

Shortly after leaving the Clinton campaign, Parkhomenko launched Vote Both with Sam Arora.[14][16][17] Vote Both was an independent expenditure committee dedicated to persuading then-Senator Barack Obama—at the time the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee—to pick Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate.[14][16][17] Vote Both ceased operations in late July 2008, when it became clear to Parkhomenko and Arora that Obama would not select Clinton as his running mate.[17]

At the age of 23, Parkhomenko ran for the Democratic nomination for the 47th district in the Virginia House of Delegates during the 2009 Virginia state primary elections.[18][19] His candidacy was endorsed by Bill Clinton, Wesley Clark and Patsy Ticer.[20][21][22] He came in third out of five candidates in the Democratic primary to replace Al Eisenberg.[23]

In January 2013, Parkhomenko launched Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that aimed to persuade Hillary Clinton to run for the presidency of the United States in 2016, with Allida Black, a George Washington University historian and professor.[2][24][25] Parkhomenko served as executive director of the PAC.[2]

In early April 2015, Parkhomenko left Ready for Hillary to join Clinton's official campaign as Director of Grassroots Engagement.[26] He also served as State Director for the Maryland and District of Columbia primaries, which Clinton won by 30 and 58 points, respectively.[27][28][29][30]

In September 2016, Parkhomenko was named National Field Director for the Democratic National Committee.[1]

Immediately following the 2016 Presidential Election, Parkhomenko announced his run for Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee.[31] His campaign was unsuccessful.

Parkhomenko co-founded Party Majority PAC, a super PAC focused on grassroots organizing and electing Democrats.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Parkhomenko was born in Washington, DC and raised in Arlington, Virginia.[33] He is a graduate of Washington-Lee High School, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University.[33] It was while he attended George Mason University that Parkhomenko founded Ready for Hillary. He also served as a reserve police officer during this period.[34] He lives with his son, Cameron Julian Parkhomenko, in Arlington.[35]

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  1. ^ a b Seitz-Wald, Alex (September 1, 2016). "DNC Expands Footprint in Arizona, Georgia, Utah". NBC News. 
  2. ^ a b c "Group is assembling building blocks of campaign". Buffalo News. 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Toby Harnden (4 August 2013). "Bid to get youth vote for Hillary". The Sunday Times. 
  4. ^ Philip Rucker Matea Gold (22 June 2013). "Early allies, and concerns, for Clinton". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ "Meet Adam". 
  6. ^ Mark Leibovich (24 September 2003). "Run? Hillary? Run?; Clinton Is One of the Few Who Say She Won't". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ Mark Leibovich (17 November 2003). "Iowa Ruckus; The Draft-Hillary Camps Push Their Buttons, and Each Other's". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Jill Lawrence (23 September 2003). "How firm is Hillary's no? ; She says she won't run in '04, but speculation persists". USA Today. 
  9. ^ Tony Allen-Mills (29 September 2003). "Grassroots geeks hanker for Hillary - US Elections 2004". The Australian. 
  10. ^ a b IAN BISHOP (15 August 2005). "RUN OF THE HILL HIRING - '08 PREZ BOOST". New York Post. 
  11. ^ "First U.S. Aid Arrives in Myanmar; West Virginia Voters Head to Polls; Deadly Tornadoes Hit Oklahoma the Hardest; Gas Prices Impacts RV Vacations; Earthquake in China Buries Students in Rubble". CNN: American Morning. 12 May 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "Mayor Emerges From Parent's Basement To Endorse". The Hotline. 14 March 2008. 
  13. ^ "Democrats Have Reason to Celebrate: Hill PAC Is Back". The Washington Post. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c Amy Chozick (6 June 2008). "Campaign '08: Growing Number of Clinton Backers Push for 'Dream Ticket,' Despite Long Odds". The Wall Street Journal. 
  15. ^ "Killing The Dream". The Hotline. 12 May 2008. 
  16. ^ a b Michael Falcone. "The Vice Presidency". National Desk; SECTA. 
  17. ^ a b c "Clinton for VP drive folds, as hopes for dream ticket fade". Agence France Presse. 31 July 2008. 
  18. ^ "Adam Parkhomenko running for office". Politico. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  19. ^ Sandhya Somashekhar (25 May 2009). "Former Campaign Staffers Launch Their Own Bids". The Washington Post. 
  20. ^ "Bill Clinton Steps Into Arlington Delegate Race". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Another Big Name in the 47th House District". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  22. ^ Scott McCaffrey. "Parkhomenko Picks Up Sen. Ticer's Endorsement". Sun Gazette. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  23. ^ Beth Fouhy (11 June 2009). "Still reeling from 2008 loss, Clinton legacy takes another beating with McAuliffe's defeat". 
  24. ^ Abby Livingston (18 March 2013). "Shop Talk: Who's Behind the Draft PAC for Hillary Rodham Clinton?". Roll Call. 
  25. ^ David Weigel (1 April 2013). "Are You Ready for Hillary?". Slate. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  26. ^ Haberman, Maggie. "'Ready for Hillary' Workers Are Ready to Join Campaign". New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  27. ^ Sun, Baltimore. "Hillary Clinton names campaign staff for Maryland". Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  28. ^ Chronicles, District. "Hillary for Washington, DC announces District leadership team". Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  29. ^ "2016 Election Center". CNN. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  30. ^ "2016 Election Center". CNN. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  31. ^ "AdamforDNC". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
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  33. ^ a b SCOTT McCAFFREY. "47th District Race Gets Another Contender". Sun Gazette. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  34. ^ "How a volunteer cop and a history professor hatched Hillary Clinton's shadow presidential campaign". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  35. ^ "Adam Parkhomenko on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 

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