Maryland Democratic Party

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Maryland Democratic Party
ChairKathleen Matthews
President of the SenateThomas V. Miller, Jr.
Senate Majority LeaderDouglas J. J. Peters
Speaker of the HouseMichael E. Busch
House Majority LeaderAnne R. Kaiser
FoundedMay 21, 1827; 191 years ago (1827-05-21)
HeadquartersAnnapolis, Maryland, U.S.
Social liberalism
Political positionCenter to center-left
National affiliationDemocratic Party
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House of Delegates
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U.S. House of Representatives
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Statewide Officers
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County Executives
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County Council / Commission Seats
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Party leaders Elijah Cummings, Martin O'Malley and Michael Cryor minutes before announcing Maryland's votes at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

The Maryland Democratic Party is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the state of Maryland, headquartered in Annapolis.[1] The current state party chair is Kathleen Matthews.[2]


The Maryland Democratic Party is among the oldest continuously existing political organizations in the world. On May 21, 1827, a meeting of Andrew Jackson supporters organized a political structure in the state designed to help Jackson win the Presidency after he was denied victory in 1824 despite winning the popular vote. The first meeting of the Democratic (Jackson) Central Committee was held at the Atheneum in Baltimore City, located on the southwest corner of St. Paul and Lexington Streets.

Twelve delegates from each county and six delegates from Baltimore City were invited to attend. The label "Central Committee" was adopted along with a "Committee of Correspondence" which functioned like the present Executive Committee. Thomas M. Forman, Cecil County, was chosen to preside with William M. Beall, Frederick County, appointed Secretary and John S. Brooke, Prince George's County, appointed as Assistant Secretary. In addition to its founding, the Maryland Democratic Party hosted the first six Democratic National Conventions from 1832 to 1852 held in Baltimore. On May 31, 1838, Maryland Democrats gathered in a state party convention to nominate William Grason for Governor. He became the first popularly elected Governor in Maryland with the help of central committees throughout the state.[citation needed]

After the ratification of the Suffrage Amendment in 1920, the Democratic State Central Committee added an equal number of women to its membership, a practice still embodied in National Party Rules and in the elections for Cecil County Democratic State Central Committee.[3]

The first six Democratic National Conventions were held in Baltimore, for a total of nine to date.

Historically the Democratic Party has been the dominant party in Maryland politics.

Elected officials[edit]

Members of Congress[edit]

Democrats comprise nine of Maryland's ten-member Congressional delegation:[4]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Since 1987, Democrats have controlled both of Maryland's seats in the U.S. Senate:

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Democrats hold seven of the eight seats Maryland is apportioned in the U.S. House following the 2000 census:

Statewide officeholders[edit]

Beginning in January 2015, Democrats control two of the four statewide offices:

County government[edit]

Until 2010 the Democratic Party of Maryland held majority power at the County level. As of 2011 the Democrats only hold control in eight out of 23 Maryland's county governments including Baltimore City.

Party organization[edit]

Party Chairs (1988- present)[edit]

  • Kathleen Matthews, (2017-present)[2]
  • D. Bruce Poole, Esq. (2015-2017)
  • Yvette Lewis (2011-2015)
  • Peter O'Malley (2011)
  • Susan Turnbull (2009–2011)
  • Michael Cryor (2007–2009)
  • Terry Lierman (2004–2007)
  • Ike Leggett (2002–2004)
  • Wayne Rogers (2000–2002)
  • Peter Krauser (1997–2000)
  • Gov. Harry Hughes (1994–1997)
  • Vera Hall (1993–1997)
  • Nate Landow (1988–1993)[5]

Party officers[edit]

  • Party Chair: Kathleen Matthews
  • Vice Chair: Scherod C. Barnes
  • Second Vice Chair: Hon. Victoria Jackson-Stanley
  • Third Vice Chair: Hon. Jeffrey Slavin
  • Treasurer: Robert J. Kresslein
  • Secretary: Beth Swoap
  • Deputy Treasurer: Larry Greenhill
  • Deputy Secretary: Duane A. "Tony" Baysmore

Party staff[edit]

  • Executive Director: Chuck Conner
  • Finance Director: Jamiere Folmar
  • Compliance Director: Meredith Bowman
  • Communications Director: Jazzmen Knoderer
  • Voter File Manager: Tyler Carr

Affiliated groups[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact." Maryland Democratic Party. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Turque, Bill (May 6, 2017). "Kathleen Matthews elected Maryland Democratic Party chair". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Willis, John T., "A Brief History of the Maryland Democratic Party", 2011.
  4. ^ "Directory of Representatives ·".
  5. ^ Maryland Democratic Party [1], 2011.

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