Democratic Party of Virginia

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Democratic Party of Virginia
ChairpersonSusan Swecker
SecretaryIsaac Sarver
SpokespersonGianni Snidle, Communications Director
Senate President Pro TemporeLouise Lucas
Senate Majority LeaderDick Saslaw
House Minority LeaderDon Scott
Founded1924 (1924)
Headquarters919 East Main Street[1]
Richmond, Virginia 23223
NewspaperBlue Virginia (unofficial)
Student wingVirginia College Democrats
Youth wingVirginia Young Democrats
Women's wingVirginia Democratic Women’s Caucus
Overseas wingDemocrats Abroad
LGBT wingLGBT Democrats of Virginia
High School WingsVirginia Young Democrats Teen Caucus
IdeologyModern liberalism
Political positionCenter to center-left
National affiliationDemocratic Party
Colors  Blue
Statewide Executive Offices
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House of Delegates
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U.S. Senate
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U.S. House of Representatives
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Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
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Richmond City Council
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The Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA/VA Dems) is the Virginia affiliate of the Democratic Party based in Richmond, Virginia.[2]

Historically, the Democratic Party has dominated Virginia politics. Since the 1851 Virginia gubernatorial 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 gubernatorial 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.

As of 2022, Democrats hold majorities in the Senate chamber of the state legislature, controlling 21 of 40 Virginia Senate seats. At the federal level, Virginia has voted for every Democratic presidential candidate since 2008. Democrats hold seven of the state's 11 U.S. House seats and both of the state's U.S. Senate seats.


Local Democratic Committees[edit]

Local Democratic Committees serve to promote the Democratic Party in their specific locality. Some committees may contain several localities. Local committees may endorse candidates for nonpartisan office (such as school board) and assist in campaigning for their candidate.

Central Committee[edit]

The Central Committee has full control over all matters of the Party, including the adoption of an annual budget, the method of nomination for statewide candidates such as Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General; the adoption of resolutions and policy statements. In addition, the Central Committee can veto any decision of the Steering Committee.

The Central Committee meets at least four times a year, usually in Richmond, although by tradition, the September meeting is in Fredericksburg. Central Committee meetings are accompanied by meetings of the Steering Committee the night before, and Caucus meetings over the weekend.

The Central Committee is composed of 20 members from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts. Each district apportions the central committee seats to localities in the district based on population. Additionally, each district committee can elect three more members from local committees and one member of the Virginia General Assembly. The Central Committee is "reorganized" every four years following the election for Governor. The last reorganization was held in March of 2022.[3]

In addition, the following people are ex-officio members of the Central Committee and their District Committees:

  • Members of the steering committee
  • Democratic Virginia members of the United States Congress
  • Democratic statewide elected officials, such as Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General
  • the President Pro Tempore of the Virginia Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates, provided they are Democrats
  • the Democratic Leaders of the Virginia House and Senate
  • the Chairs of the Democratic Caucuses in Virginia the House and Senate
  • the president, national committeeman, and national committeewoman of the Virginia Young Democrats
  • the president and first vice president of the Women's Caucus
  • the chair of the Association of Democratic Elected Officials
  • the chair of the Virginia Young Democrats Teen Caucus
  • the chair of the Virginia Young Democrats College Caucus
  • and the chair of the Virginia Young Democrats City/County Caucus[4]

Steering Committee[edit]

The Steering Committee makes decisions about the Party in-between meetings of the Central Committee, and also has an exclusive role of overseeing staff.

  • Chairwoman: Susan Swecker
  • 1st Vice Chair for Organization: Gaylene Kanoyton
  • 2nd Vice Chair for Rules and Resolutions: Marc Broklawsk
  • Vice Chair for Technology and Communications: Ricardo Alfaro
  • Vice Chair for Outreach: Sen. L. Louise Lucas
  • Vice Chair for Finance: Clarence Tong
  • Secretary: Isaac Sarver
  • Treasurer: Abbi Easter
  • DNC Member: Del. Joshua Cole
  • DNC Member: Doris Crouse-Mays
  • DNC Member: Elizabeth Guzman
  • DNC Member: Dave Leichtman
  • DNC Member: Atima Omara
  • DNC Member: Mayor Levar Stoney
  • 1st Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Dianne Carter de Mayo
  • 2nd Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Sandra Brandt
  • 3rd Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Charles Stanton
  • 4th Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Alexsis Rodgers
  • 5th Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Patricia Harper Tunley
  • 6th Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Kym Crump
  • 7th Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Matt Rowe
  • 8th Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Margo Horner
  • 9th Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Mary Lynn Tate
  • 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Zach Pruckowski
  • 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee Chair: Robert Haley
  • Labor Caucus Chair: Julie Hunter
  • Associations of Local Chairs Chair: Tina Winkler
  • Democratic Black Caucus Chair: EJ Scott
  • Women's Caucus Chair: Linda Brooks
  • LGBT Democrats of Virginia Chair: Maggie Sacra
  • Veterans and Military Families Caucus Chair: Derek Kitts
  • Virginia Young Democrats President: Denver Supinger
  • DisAbility Caucus Chair: Cyliene Montgomery
  • Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia Chair: Praveen Meyyan
  • Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia President: Jonathan Dromgoole
  • Rural Caucus Chair: Vee Frye
  • Small Business Caucus Chair: Mark Cannady
  • Immediate Past Chair: Dwight Jones[5]


  • Executive Director: Andrew Whitley
  • Communications Director: Gianni Snidle
  • Deputy Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer: Brenner Tobe
  • Data Director: Katie O'Grady
  • Digital Director: Nick Scott
  • Finance Director: Randy Sprinkle
  • Chief Operations Officer: Elise Vess
  • Operations Director: Kristi Glass
  • Political Director: Shyam Raman
  • Local Elections Director: Tierra Ward
  • Training Director: Kiana Ham
  • Voter Protection Director: Ja'Scotta Jefferson[6]
Fairfax County Democratic Committee
ChairpersonBryan Graham
Headquarters8500 Executive Park Ave, Suite 402, Fairfax, VA 22031
National affiliationDemocratic Party (United States)
Regional affiliationDemocratic Party of Virginia
SloganMoving Virginia Forward
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School Board
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U.S. House of Representatives
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Senate of Virginia
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Virginia House of Delegates
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County Constitutional Officers
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Official website

Fairfax County Democratic Committee[edit]

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) is the local arm of the Democratic Party in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is the largest Democratic committee in Virginia, with Fairfax County representing over 17% of the Democratic vote in the 2020 presidential election in Virginia.[7] In recent years, Democrats have dominated Fairfax County politics, holding 57 of the 59 local, state, and national offices representing the county. Its counterpart is the Fairfax County Republican Committee.

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee is led by a chair, elected following elections in odd-numbered years. FCDC also has a one-person staff consisting of an Executive Director, who runs the day-to-day operations of the committee.[8] The current chair is Bryan Graham, and the current Executive Director is Jack Kiraly.[9]

The steering committee consists of the county-wide elected elected vice chairs, chairs of district committees, and chairs of standing committees and caucuses. It also contains members of the Democratic Party of Virginia steering committee who live in Fairfax County. The steering committee meets monthly to handle more urgent FCDC business, and is given priority over consideration of budget and resolution matters.

Membership in FCDC is divided between Fairfax County's nine magisterial districts: Braddock, Hunter Mill, Dranesville, Franconia, Mount Vernon, Mason, Providence, Springfield, and Sully. Each magisterial district has its own committee and leadership, and meet regularly, usually monthly, to coordinate activities. Membership is open to any Fairfax County resident age 13 and older.[10]

Public Positions[edit]

Fairfax County Police Chief Firing[edit]

In 2021, after it was revealed that the newly hired Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis had been involved in previous incidents of alleged police brutality and misconduct, FCDC voted to call for Board of Supervisors to fire Davis.[11][12] The nine Democrats on the Board of Supervisors sent a letter to the FCDC prior to the vote explaining their reasoning for hiring Davis and urging against the measure.[13]

Response to School Board Removal Petitions[edit]

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of organizations formed to advocate for a return to in-person school instruction amid concerns over student performance gaps. The Open FCPS Coalition formed as a non-partisan organization,[14] however received financial contributions from prominent Republicans, such as former Gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder.[15] The Open FCPS Coalition also sought the removal of three Fairfax County School Board members for alleged dereliction of duties related to Fairfax County Public School's COVID-19 response. On August 20, 2021, the Fairfax County Circuit Court dismissed the first of three removal petitions for lack of evidence.[16]

In November 2020, the Fairfax County Democratic Committee passed a resolution affirming its support for evidence-based school re-opening plans and urging state legislators to refrain from coercing the FCPS school board to change their school reopening plan by threatening to cut their budget.[17] The resolution passed with 98% of the vote.

In January 2021, State Senator Chap Petersen said he would propose an amendment to the Virginia state budget which would prohibit funds from going to school systems that don't open for in-person learning.[18] In March 2021, Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill requiring schools to open for in-person learning in the fall.[19]

Current elected officials[edit]

Members of Congress[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Democrats have controlled both of Virginia's seats in the U.S. Senate since 2008:

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Out of the 11 seats Virginia is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, six are held by Democrats:

District Member Photo
2nd Elaine Luria
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3rd Bobby Scott
7th Abigail Spanberger
Abigail Spanberger, official 116th Congress photo portrait.jpg
8th Don Beyer
Don Beyer, official 114th Congress photo portrait (cropped).jpeg
10th Jennifer Wexton
Jennifer Wexton, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
11th Gerry Connolly
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Legislative leadership[edit]

List of chairs[edit]


2019 Virginia political crisis[edit]

In 2019, all three of Virginia's statewide executive office holders, all Democrats, were embroiled in various controversies. Governor Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page had featured an individual in blackface and an individual in a Ku Klux Klan hood, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was accused of having sexually assaulted a professor in 2004, and Attorney General Mark Herring was revealed to have worn blackface at a college party. Most Democrats urged Northam to resign from the governorship, but he refused. Ultimately, none of the three accused resigned.[20]

Historical firsts[edit]

African Americans
Arab Americans
Asian Americans
Jewish Americans
Latino Americans

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Democratic Party of Virginia". 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  2. ^ "Contact Archived 2010-04-30 at the Wayback Machine." Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "DPVA Central Committee Reorganization". Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved 2022-05-15.
  4. ^ Swecker, Susan (September 8, 2018). "Democratic Party of Virginia Party Plan" (PDF). Democratic Party of Virginia.
  5. ^ "State Steering Committee". Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved 2022-05-15.
  6. ^ "Staff". Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Live election results: 2020 Virginia results". Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  8. ^ "FCDC Bylaws – Fairfax County Democratic Committee". Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  9. ^ "Our Leadership – Fairfax County Democratic Committee". Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  10. ^ "Join FCDC – Fairfax County Democratic Committee". Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  11. ^ Jouvenal, Justin (2021-05-01). "In a new era of policing, old claims of misconduct draw fresh questions for a chief". The Washington Post.
  12. ^ Jouvenal, Justin (2021-05-26). "Fairfax County Democrats call for ouster of new police chief". The Washington Post.
  13. ^ "An open letter from the Democratic members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to the members of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee" (PDF). 2021-05-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "FCPS Accountability Coalition (Open FCPS Coalition) – A bipartisan, grassroots, volunteer group holding FCPS accountable". Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  15. ^ "". The Virginia Public Access Project. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  16. ^ Virginia, Blue (2021-08-20). "Fairfax Dems Chair Statement on Court Rejecting Petition by "Republican Operatives" to Recall School Board Member Elaine Tholen". Blue Virginia. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  17. ^ "The Fairfax County Democratic Committee Supports the Evidence Based School Reopening Decisions of the Fairfax County School Board During the COVID-19 Pandemic" (PDF). December 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ Times-Dispatch, KENYA HUNTER Richmond. "Dunnavant, Morrissey, Petersen to introduce budget amendment requiring schools to open in person to receive state funds". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  19. ^ "". The Virginia Public Access Project. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  20. ^ Schwartzman, Paul. "On a political roll, Virginia Democrats now awash in scandal". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 February 2021.

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