Democratic Party of Virginia

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Democratic Party of Virginia
Chairperson Susan Swecker
House leader David Toscano
Minority Leader
Mark Sickles
Caucus Leader
Senate leader Richard L. Saslaw
Minority Leader
Mamie Locke
Caucus Leader
Founded 1924 (1924)
Headquarters 919 East Main Street.[1]
Richmond, Virginia 23223
Youth wing Young Democrats of Virginia
Women's wing National Federation of Democratic Women
Overseas wing Democrats Abroad
LGBT wing LGBT Democrats of Virginia
Ideology
Political position Center to Center-left
Left-wing (some factions)
National affiliation Democratic Party
Colors      Blue
Seats in the US Senate
2 / 2
Seats in the US House
4 / 11
Seats in the VA Senate
19 / 40
Seats in the VA House
49 / 100
VA statewide offices held
3 / 3
Website
www.vademocrats.org

The Democratic Party of Virginia (VA Dems) is based in Richmond in the Commonwealth of Virginia.[2] It is affiliated with the national Democratic Party of the United States. The organization is governed by a State Party Plan,[3] which guarantees an open and fair candidate selection process. Although the party has members and elected officials throughout the state, it draws its highest number of votes from the Tidewater area, Metropolitan Richmond, and suburban Washington, D.C.

Historically, the Democratic Party has dominated Virginia politics. At the federal level, since the 2008 United States presidential election, Virginia has always voted for the Democratic United States presidential candidate. Since the 2012 Virginia elections, Virginia has always voted for the Democratic statewide candidate. Since the 112th United States Congress, Democratic United States House of Representatives have been in the minority in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

At the state level, since the 2013 Virginia elections, Virginia has always voted for the Democratic gubernational, lieutenant gubernational, and Attorney General candidates. Since the 1851 Virginia gubernational election, the first gubernatorial election in Virginia in which the governor was elected by direct popular vote, 34 Virginia Governors have been Democrats. Since the 1851 Virginia lieutenant gubernational election, the first lieutenant gubernatorial election in Virginia in which the lieutenant governor was elected by direct popular vote, 29 Virginia Lieutenant Governors have been Democrats. Since the 1851 Virginia Attorney General election, the first Attorney General election in Virginia in which the Attorney General was elected by direct popular vote, 25 Attorneys General have been Democrats. Since June 12, 2014, two days after the resignation of Phillip Puckett, the Senate of Virginia has been controlled by the Republican Party of Virginia. After the 2017 Virginia House of Delegates election, Democrats increased their number of seats in the chamber and currently control 49 seats, with Republicans holding a narrow majority of 51 seats.

Contents

Party platform[edit]

The party follows the platform of the Democratic National Committee.[4]

Current elected officials[edit]

Members of Congress[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Statewide offices[edit]

Historical firsts[edit]

African Americans
Arab Americans
Lebanese Americans
Palestinian Americans
  • First male Palestinian American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Sam Rasoul
Asian Americans
Korean Americans
  • First male Korean American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Mark Keam
Vietnamese Americans
  • First female Vietnamese American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Kathy Tran
Filipino Americans
  • First female Filipino American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Kelly Fowler
Democratic Socialists of America
  • First Democratic Socialists of American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Lee Carter
Females
Jewish Americans
Latino Americans
Peruvian Americans
  • First female Peruvian American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Elizabeth Guzmán
Salvadoran Americans
  • First female Salvadoran American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Hala Ayala
Mexican Americans
  • First female Mexican American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Kelly Fowler
LGBT
Transgender
  • First openly female transwoman member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Danica Roem
Muslim Americans
  • First male Muslim American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Sam Rasoul

Leadership[edit]

State Steering Committee[edit]

Chairperson[edit]

Former
Current
  • Susan Swecker (March 27, 2015-present)

Organization 1st Vice Chair[edit]

  • Gaylene Kanoyton

DNC[edit]

  • Gaylene Kanoyton
  • Marc K. Broklawski
DNC Member[edit]
  • Steve Cochran
  • Doris Crouse-May
  • Frank Leone
  • Jennifer McClellan
  • Ms. Atima Omara
  • Yasmine Taeb

2nd Vice Chair of Rules[edit]

  • Gaylene Kanoyton
  • Marc K. Broklawski

Technology & Communications Vice Chair[edit]

  • Dave Leichtman

Outreach Vice Chair[edit]

  • L. Louise Lucas

Finance Vice Chair[edit]

  • Tyler Bishop

Secretary[edit]

  • Isaac Sarver

Treasurer[edit]

  • Barbara Klear

1st CD Chair – Stafford[edit]

  • Matt Rowe

2nd CD Chair – Virginia Beach[edit]

  • Sandra Brandt

3rd CD Chair – Portsmouth[edit]

  • Clint Jenkins

4th CD Chair – Petersburg[edit]

  • Lashrecse Aird

5th CD Chair – Leon[edit]

  • Suzanne Long

6th CD Chair – Lynchburg[edit]

  • Maria Childress

7th CD Chair – Chesterfield[edit]

  • Abbi Easter

8th CD Chair – Arlington[edit]

  • Margo Horner

9th CD Chair – Floyd[edit]

  • Deb Baum

10th CD Chair – Leesburg[edit]

  • Zach Pruckowski

11th CD Chair – Fairfax[edit]

  • Robert Haley

Labor Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Julie Hunter

VA Association of Democratic Chairs Chair[edit]

  • Gene Magruder

Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia Chair[edit]

  • Evelyn Morris-Harris

Women’s Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Linda Brooks

Latino Caucus President[edit]

  • Marvin Figueroa

LGBT Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Maggie Sacra

Veterans and Military Families Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Terron Sims II

Virginia Young Democrats President[edit]

  • Jimmy Lewis

disAbility Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Cyliene Montgomery

Asian-American Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Dewita Soeharjono

Rural Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Vee Frye

Small Business Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Tom Greeson

Immediate Past Chair[edit]

  • Dwight Jones

Executive Director[edit]

  • Chris Bolling

Deputy Executive Director / CTO[edit]

  • Brenner Tobe

Operations Director[edit]

  • Elise Vess

Finance Director[edit]

  • Danny Carroll

Political Director[edit]

  • Shyam Raman

Executive Assistant[edit]

  • Liddy Gallagher

Communications Director[edit]

  • Jake Rubenstein

Digital Director[edit]

  • Stacy Mitchell

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Contact." Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  3. ^ Democratic Party of Virginia | Party Rules
  4. ^ THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

External links[edit]