Democratic Party of Georgia
|Senate leader||Steve Henson|
|House leader||Bob Trammell|
|National affiliation||Democratic Party|
|Seats in the Upper House|
21 / 56
|Seats in the Lower House|
75 / 180
- 1 History
- 2 Leadership
- 3 Party officers
- 4 Caucuses
- 5 Current Democratic officeholders
- 6 Georgia Presidential Vote, 1948-2008
- 7 Democratic National Committee members
- 8 Chairs of the DPG
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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. 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, with some predicting a runoff election. However, on election day, Republicans won every statewide office.
The Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia is Nikema Williams. Porter was elected in August 2013 via special election and was reelected in January 2015 to serve a full four-year term. In 2019, First Vice Chair Nikema Williams was voted to succeed him.
Seven individuals—Chairman DuBose Porter, First Vice Chair Nikema Williams, Wendy Davis, former state AFL-CIO President Richard Ray, Sally Rosser, State Representative Pamela Stephenson and former state Democratic Party Chairman David Worley—were elected to represent Georgia on the Democratic National Committee.
Officers of the Democratic Party of Georgia are elected by the state Democratic committee at a January meeting following each regular gubernatorial election. 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: Sarah Todd
- Constituency Group Vice Chair: State Representative Pedro "Pete" Marin
- Candidate Recruitment Vice Chair: Ted Terry
- Secretary: Stephanie Woods Miller
- Treasurer: Kip Carr
- African American Caucus
- AAPI (Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders) Caucus
- disABILITY Caucus
- Greening Georgia
- Latino Caucus
- LGBTQ Caucus
- Senior Caucus
- Veterans Caucus
Current Democratic officeholders
Five Democrats represent Georgia in the United States House of Representatives. The Democrats do not hold either of the two United State Senate seats. To date, the last Democratic senator from Georgia was Zell Miller, serving from 2000 to 2005.
Members of United States Congress
- U.S. House of Representatives
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
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.
Democratic National Committee members
- DuBose Porter
- Nikema Williams
- Wendy Davis
- Louis Elrod
- Sheikh Rahman
- Richard Ray
- Sally Rosser
- Rep. Pam Stephenson
Appointed by DNC Chair Tom Perez
- Mayor Kasim Reed
- Dan Halpern
Chairs of the DPG
Elected by the state convention
- Thomas Hardeman (1872)
- L. N. Trammell (1880)
- Charles F. Clay (1883-)
- B. H. Bigham (1886)
- Hoke Smith (1888)
- William Yates Atkinson (1890-1892)
- Allen Fort (1892-1894)
- Alexander Stephens Clay (1894-1898)
- Fleming W. Dubignon (1898-1900)
- E. T. Brown (1902-1904)
- E. J. Yeomans (1904-1906)
- Alexander Lawton Miller (1906-1908)
- Hewlett A. Hall (1908-1909)
- Charles R. Pendleton (1909-1910)
- W. C. Wright (1910-1912)
- William J. Harris (1912-1913)
- William S. West (1913-1914)
- E. J. Reagan (1914-1916)
- John James Flynt, Sr. (1916–1920)
- William Jerome Vereen (1920-1921)
- G. E. Maddox 1925-30
- Lawrence S. Camp 1930-32
- Hugh Howell (c. 1935-1937)
- Charles S. Reid 1937
- Jim L. Gillis 1939
- William Y. Atkinson, Jr. 1942
- J. Lon Duckworth (1943-1946)
- James S. Peters (1948-1954)
- John Sammons Bell (1954-1960)
- J.B. Fuqua (1962-1966)
- James Gray (1966-1970)
Appointed by the Governor
- David Gambrell (1970-1972)
- Charles Kirbo (1972-1974)
- Marge Thurman (1974-1982)
- Al Holloway (Interim Chairman, 1982)
- Bert Lance (1982-1986)
- John Henry Anderson (1986-1990)
- Ed Sims (1990-1994)
- John Blackmon (1994-1998)
- David Worley (1998-2001)
- Calvin Smyre (2001-2004)
Elected by State Committee
- Bobby Kahn (2004-2007)
- Jane Kidd (2007-2010)
- Mike Berlon (2011-2013)
- Nikema Williams (acting, 2013)
- DuBose Porter (2013-2019)
- Nikema Williams (2019-present)
- "WSB-TV Tom Murphy Biography". Archived from the original on 2010-07-26. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- Real Clear Politics: Georgia Governor - Deal vs. Barnes
- WSB Radio Georgia Governor: Runoff Likely[permanent dead link]
- WXIA-TV Republicans Sweep Statewide Races[permanent dead link]
- "Charter of the Democratic Party of Georgia" (PDF). Democratic Party of Georgia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-22.
- "Officers". Georgia Democratic Party. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Caucuses". Georgia Democratic Party. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "DNC Members". Georgia Democratic Party. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.