Nebraska Democratic Party
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The Nebraska Democratic Party (NDP) is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the state of Nebraska. As of 2017, the party holds none of Nebraska's statewide offices or any of the state's Congressional seats.
Democrats dominated Nebraska until 1860. In 1890, Democrat William Jennings Bryan ran for President three times but lost every time. The state has elected more Democrats to the governor seat and into Congress.
Nebraska passed a referendum in 1937 which gave it the country's only unicameral legislature known as the Nebraska Unicameral. It is a nonpartisan single-house system.
Nevertheless, despite the lack of party registration, party primaries or party-based caucasing, senators in the legislature are informally affiliated with political parties in the state by party endorsements and campaign support. In the 2012 election, it was estimated that 17 senators were Democratic affiliates. In the 2016 elections, bucking national trends, Democrats flipped 5 seats from Republican to Democratic in the state's Unicameral.
Historically prominent Nebraska Democrats
- William Jennings Bryan, Congressman, Secretary of State, three time Presidential nominee
- J. Sterling Morton, Secretary of Agriculture and founder of Arbor Day
- Frank B. Morrison, Governor
- Edward Zorinsky, U.S. Senator
- J. James Exon, Governor and Senator
- Bob Kerrey, Governor and Senator
- Ben Nelson, Governor and Senator
Current elected officials
The Nebraska Democratic Party holds none of the state's six statewide offices, none of the state's U.S. House seats, and neither of the state's U.S. Senate seats.
- Jane Fleming Kleeb, State Chair
- Frank LaMere, 1st Associate Chair
- Tom Tilden, 2nd Associate Chair
- Patty Zieg, National Committeewoman
- Ron Kaminski, National Committeeman
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