Arizona Democratic Party

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AZ Democratic Party
ChairpersonFelecia Rotellini
Secretary of StateKatie Hobbs
Senate Minority LeaderDavid Bradley
House Minority LeaderCharlene Fernandez
Headquarters2910 North Central Ave Phoenix, Arizona, 85012
Social liberalism
Political positionCenter-left
National affiliationDemocratic Party
Colors     Blue
Statewide Executive Offices
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U.S. Senate
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U.S. House of Representatives
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The Arizona Democratic Party is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the state of Arizona. Its headquarters are in Phoenix.[1]

Party organization[edit]

The Arizona Democratic Party is organized into three parts, the state committee, the executive committee, and the executive board.

State Committee[edit]

The state committee is composed of "the chairperson of each county committee of the Democratic Party of Arizona, plus one (1) member of the county committee for every three (3) members of the county committee elected pursuant to statute."(ADPByLaws Art. II Sec. 1)[2] The state committee meets biennially. A state committee member has four duties:

a) Canvass and campaign only on behalf of Democratic candidates. b) Assist in registration programs and in turning out a maximum Democratic vote. c) Support the permanent State Party organization as well as their County and District Party committees. d) Encourage financial support of the State Democratic Party, their County Committees and their districts. (ADP ByLaws Art.II Sec. 3)[2]

The state committee has many officers including: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, First Vice-Chair (who is required to be a different gender and county residence than the chair), three Vice-Chairwomen, three Vice Chairmen, Educational Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Moderator.

Executive Committee[edit]

The executive committee meets quarterly. The executive committee consists of, "the County Chairperson and the first and second County Vice-Chairpersons from each county; the State Committee-elected National Committeemen, the State Committee-elected National Committeewomen; three (3) members-at-large from each Congressional District; the President or a representative of the President of the Young Democrats of Arizona; the President or representative of the President of the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women's Clubs; and the other State Officers as listed in Article III of these bylaws. The Chair of the State Committee shall serve as Chair of the Executive Committee" (ADP Bylaws Art.IV Sec.1).[2] The executive committee has several duties. "The Executive Committee shall approve the budget and amendments to the budget, approve specific contracts extending beyond the Chair's term, act as the final board of arbitrators for State Committeepersons seeking reinstatement after removal, and perform such duties as assigned by the State Chair" (ADP Bylaws Art. IV Sec.3).[2]

Executive Board[edit]

The executive board duties are assigned by the chair. It also, "acts on behalf of the state committee between State Committee meetings" (ADP Bylaws Art.V Sec.2).[2] The executive board meets at least quarterly. Members of the executive board are, "State Chair, First Vice-Chair, Senior Vice-Chair, Vice-Chairwomen, Vice-Chairmen, Secretary, Treasurer, Educational Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Moderator, the State Committee-elected National Committeemen and the State Committee-elected National Committeewomen" (ADP Bylaws Art.V Sec. 1).[2]Current Board Officers: Felecia Rottelini, Chair; Pat Burns, First Vice Chairman; Mary McCord Robinson, Senior Vice Chairwoman; Sierra Yamanka, National Committeewoman; Doug Ballard, National Committeeman; Luis Heredia, National Committeeman; DNC Ethnic Council Vice Chair; Missa Foy-Jentoft, Vice Chairwoman; Deedra Abboud, Vice Chairwoman; Brianna Westbrook, Vice Chairwoman; Jevin Hodge, Vice Chairman; Bryan Rasmussen, Vice Chairman; Damian Preciado, Anne Greenberg, Secretary; Rick McGuire, Treasurer; Lupe Conchas, Affirmative Action Coordinator; Janie Hydrick, Educational Coordinator (

National role[edit]

The Arizona Democratic Party has a role within the National Democratic Party. The State Committee selects candidates to become Presidential electors. These candidates pledge to vote for the National Democratic Convention's Presidential and Vice Presidential nominee. (ADP Bylaws Art.VII)[2] Additionally, the Chair and First Vice-Chair serve on Democratic National Committee. (ADP Bylaws Art X Sec. 1)[2] The State committee also elects the National Committee Members which represent Arizona. (ADP Bylaws Art. X sec 2)[2] These members serve a term of four years and must have previously been an elected precinct committee person. (ADP Bylaws Art. X sec 2)[2] National Committee members are to be as evenly split between male and female as possible. (ADP Bylaws Art. X sec 2)[2]

Current elected officials[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Democrats have controlled Arizona's Class I seat in the U.S. Senate since 2018:

United States House of Representatives[edit]

Out of the 9 seats Arizona is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 5 are held by Democrats[3].:

Statewide offices[edit]

Democrats control three of the eleven elected statewide offices:

State legislative leaders[edit]

State Senate[edit]

The Arizona Democratic Party is the minority party in the Arizona State Senate, holding 13 of the 30 seats.[4]

State House[edit]

The Arizona Democratic Party is the minority party in the State House of Representative, holding 29 of the 60 seats.[5]

Mayoral offices[edit]

Some of the state's major cities have Democratic mayors. As of 2019, Democrats control the mayor's offices in three of Arizona's ten largest cities:


The Arizona Democratic Party has been functioning since territorial times. The citizens of the Arizona Territory were mostly Democrats as a reaction to the Republican governors appointed by Washington D.C.[6] When drafting a state constitution in 1910, 41 Democrats were elected as delegates to the convention[7] The convention totaled 52 delegates.[7]

Past officers[edit]

State Chairs[edit]

Vernon F. Vaughan 1923, A. A. Johns 1925, C. E. Addams 1931, Junious Gibbons 1937, E. C. Locklear 1945, Stephen W. Langmade 1948–50, J. N. Harber 1955, Joe F. Walton 1958, Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr. 1960–62, Samuel G. Coppersmith 1995–1997, Mark Fleisher 1997–2001, Jim Pederson 2001–2005, Harry Mitchell 2005–2006, David Waid 2006–2007, Don Bivens 2007–2009, Paul Eckerstrom 2009, Don Bivens 2009–2011, Andrei Cherny 2011–2012, Bill Roe 2012–2015, Alexis Tameron 2015–2017.

Members of Democratic National Committee 1920–present W. L. Barnum 1920 Mrs. B. J. McKinney 1920 Isabella S. Greenway 1928–34 Clarence Gunter 1929 Wirt G. Bowman 1937 Mrs. Samuel White 1937 Della Tovrea Stuart 1940–56 Sam H. Morris 1943–50 R. B. Robbins 1947 Mrs. Henry S. Larson 1963 Frank S. Minarik 1963 Lorraine W. Frank 1980–2000 Jim Pederson 2001 Martin Bacal 2004 Janice Brunson 2004 Carolyn Warner 2004 Joe Rios 2004 Alexis Tameron 2004 Sue Tucker 2004 Judy Kennedy 2008 Fred DuVal 2008[8]

Former prominent Arizona Democrats[edit]

United States Delegates[edit]

United States Senators[edit]

United States Representatives[edit]

Territorial Governors[edit]

State Governors[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Home. Arizona Democratic Party. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "ADP Bylaws." Archived July 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Arizona Democratic Party. November 19, 2005. Arizona Democratic Party. URL accessed on August 6, 2007.
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  4. ^ [1]. Arizona Legislative Information System. Retrieved on January 25, 2014.
  5. ^ [2]. Arizona Legislative Information System. Retrieved on January 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Arizona - History". 2007. Advameg, Inc. URL accessed on August 6, 2007.
  7. ^ a b "Arizona State History." SHG Resources. 2007. SHG, LLC. URL accessed on August 6, 2007.
  8. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "Arizona Democratic Party Offices." The Political Graveyard. March 10, 2005. The Political Graveyard. URL accessed on August 6, 2007.
  9. ^ "List of United States Senators from Arizona." Wikipedia. URL accessed on August 6, 2007 .
  10. ^ [ "Governors of Arizona." 2005. Online Highways. URL accessed on August 6, 2007.
  11. ^ "Governors." Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine National Governors Association. 2007. National Governors Association. URL accessed on August 6, 2007.

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