Democratic Party (United States) organizations

This is an incomplete list of official organizations associated with the United States Democratic Party:

Constituency groups


Fundraising and coordination

See also

30 Something Working Group

The "30 Something" Working Group was composed of ten members of the United States House of Representatives Democratic caucus, most of whom were under the age of forty. After suffering several unsuccessful congressional election years and losing votes of younger Americans (usually a key Democratic demographic), Nancy Pelosi created the "30 Something Working Group" to reach out to younger American voters with the working group often focusing on issues pertinent to younger Americans.

Active primarily during the 109th Congress, when the Democrats were the minority party, the group's stated mission was "engaging the next generation of Americans further in government and the political process". While Congress was in session, popular weekly (and sometimes daily) broadcasts of the group speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives on a range of issues aired on C-SPAN. For much of its history, the group was led by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Kendrick Meek, both of whom were from South Florida.

Barnburners and Hunkers

The Barnburners and Hunkers were the names of two opposing factions of the New York state Democratic Party in the mid-19th century. The main issue dividing the two factions was that of slavery, with the Barnburners being the anti-slavery faction. While this division occurred within the context of New York politics, it reflected the national divisions in the United States in the years preceding the American Civil War.

College Democrats of America

College Democrats of America (CDA) is the official youth outreach arm of the Democratic National Committee. It claims over 100,000 college and university student members in College Democrats chapters across the United States.

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the Democratic Party organization that works to elect Democrats to U.S. state legislatures. The committee was formed after the 1992 elections by a group of Democratic state legislators and then-DNC chair David Wilhelm.

In terms of the politics of the United States, the DLCC has a rival in the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC).

Democrats Abroad

Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for United States citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee.

Democrats Abroad currently has members in more than 190 countries, with more than 41 organized country committees. There are committees in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. These committees are formally represented by the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA). Some countries with particularly large concentrations of Democratic expatriates even have local chapters. Young Democrats Abroad represents Democrats Abroad in the functions of the Young Democrats of America.

Draft Mark Warner movement

The Draft Mark Warner for President committee was an effort to promote the candidacy of former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner. It was founded the day after the 2004 presidential election by Democratic Party activist Eddie Ratliff of Virginia. On October 23, 2007, the Draft Warner for President Committee received a letter from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in response to the committee's declaration of intent to cease operations, dated October 2, 2007, and was allowed to terminate its affairs and cease filing with the FEC. Warner had announced his intent to become a Senate candidate prior to the committee's letter to the FEC.

High School Democrats of America

The High School Democrats of America, (HSDA) is a student-led organization committed to mobilizing young people and electing Democrats. In HSDA, student activists across the country engage in political activity, working hard to ensure that youth have a voice in government; members lead campaigns, organize marches, educate their communities, and pursue the agenda of the Democratic party.

Formerly part of the Young Democrats of America the members of the High School Democrats of America represents high school students at all levels of the Democratic Party.

House Democratic Caucus

The House Democratic Caucus is a congressional caucus composed of all Democratic Representatives in the United States House of Representatives and is responsible for nominating and electing the Democratic Party leadership in the chamber. In its roles as a party conference, the caucus writes and enforces rules of conduct and discipline for its members, approves committee assignments, and serves as the primary forum for development of party policy and legislative priorities. It hosts weekly meetings for these purposes and to communicate the party's message to members. The caucus has a Caucus Chairman and Caucus Vice-Chair (formerly called the Secretary).

For the 116th Congress, which began in 2019, Hakeem Jeffries of New York serves as Chair, with Katherine Clark of Massachusetts as Vice-Chair.

National Conference of Democratic Mayors

The National Conference of Democratic Mayors is the representative body of city mayors in the United States affiliated to the Democratic Party, in the same way that the Democratic Governors Association represents state governors within the party. Founded in the 1970s, the National Conference of Democratic Mayors serves as a forum for Democratic mayors to discuss their goals and objectives with other mayors, party organizations, the Democratic National Committee, and private business partners. The organization provides resources for mayors such as talking points, newsletters, and fact sheets.

It participates in the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities.

Its executive committee is:

President – Sly James (Kansas City, Missouri)

Vice president – Nan Whaley (Dayton, Ohio)

Vice president – Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles, California)

Vice president – Michael Hancock (Denver, Colorado)

Vice president – Christopher Cabaldon (West Sacramento, California)

Treasurer – Setti Warren (Newton, Massachusetts)

National Federation of Democratic Women

The National Federation of Democratic Women was established in 1971 as a means of supporting women’s voices within the Democratic Party of the United States. The NFDW hosts national and state-level conferences and activities. The NFDW is a recognized constituent group of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and therefore has three seats on the DNC and the president of NFDW is part of the executive committee of the DNC.The NFDW has 37 chapters around the country and looks to expand to every state and protectorate.

National Jewish Democratic Council

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) was a political lobbying organization that advocated within the Democratic Party for viewpoints aligned with the American Jewish community and in support of the state of Israel, and within the political process generally, between 1990 and about 2016.

Onward Together

Onward Together is an American political action organization founded in May 2017 by former U.S. Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to fundraise for progressive political groups including: Swing Left, Indivisible, Color of Change, Emerge America, and Run for Something. Clinton described the group as an effort "to advance the vision that won nearly 66 million votes" of a "fairer, more inclusive, big-hearted America."

Progressive Policy Institute

The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a public policy think tank in the United States. The Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) founded it in 1989. The Washington Post calls it "a centrist Democratic institution."Its current president is Will Marshall, who writes on foreign policy, defense, national service, globalization, trade policy, and cultural issues. Its chief economic strategist is Michael Mandel, who writes on innovation, growth, and regulatory policy. Several former leading government officials have held senior positions or affiliations with the organization, including William Galston, Austan Goolsbee, Elaine Kamarck, Bruce Reed, Andrew Rotherham, Robert J. Shapiro, Paul Weinstein, and Ed Gresser.

Public Policy Polling

Public Policy Polling (PPP) is a U.S. Democratic polling firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. PPP was founded in 2001 by businessman Dean Debnam, the firm's current president and chief executive officer.In addition to political issues, the company has polled the public on topics such as the approval rating of God, whether Republican voters believe President Obama would be eligible to enter heaven in the event of the Rapture, whether hipsters should be subjected to a special tax for being annoying, and whether Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer.

Senate Democratic Caucus

The Democratic Caucus of the United States Senate, sometimes referred to as the Democratic Conference, is the formal organization of all senators who are part of the Democratic Party in the United States Senate. For the makeup of the 116th Congress, the conference additionally includes two independent senators (Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine) who formally caucus with the Democrats for the purpose of committee assignments and structural organization, bringing the current total to 47 members. The central organizational front for Democrats in the senate, its primary function is communicating the party's message to all of its members under a single banner.

Senate Democratic Policy Committee

The United States Senate Democratic Policy Committee is responsible for the creation of new United States Democratic Party policy proposals, supporting Democratic senators with legislative research, developing reports on legislation and policy, conducting oversight hearings, monitoring roll call votes, differentiating between Democratic and Republican positions, and building party unity.

The committee was established in 1947, by an act signed by President Harry S. Truman, alongside its Republican counterpart. From 1947 to 2000, the Democratic leader was also the policy committee chairman. From 1989 to 1999, there was a co-chairman. Starting in 1999, the co-chairman was dropped and the position of policy committee chairman became a separate position elected by the Senate Democratic Caucus. The floor leader served as committee chair until 1989, when one of the co-chairs remained leader (Mitchell through 1995 and then Daschle until 1999). The committee chairman is a member of the Democratic party leadership of the United States Senate.

Stonewall Young Democrats

The Stonewall Young Democrats, also known as SYD, are youth-based organization across the country which are part of the GLBT-rights group in the United States, affiliated with the National Stonewall Democrats and with the Democratic Party. There are several chapters of Stonewall Young Democrats, including the first chapter which was started in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

United States Senate Democratic Conference Secretary

The United States Senate Democratic Conference Secretary, also called the Caucus Secretary, is a ranking leadership position within the Democratic Party in the United States Senate. It was previously considered the number-three position, behind the party's floor leader and the party's whip, until in 2006, when Democratic leader Harry Reid created the new position of Vice-Chairman of the caucus. Now, the secretary is the fourth-highest ranking position. The conference secretary is responsible for taking notes and aiding the party leadership when senators of the party meet or caucus together.The first conference secretary was Sen. Edward W. Carmack of Tennessee, who was elected in March 1903.The current conference secretary is Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who assumed the office in January, 2017.

Young Democrats of America

The Young Democrats of America (YDA) was founded in 1932 as the official youth arm of the Democratic Party of the United States. YDA operates as a separate organization from the Democratic National Committee; following the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, it became an independent 527 group/"hybrid superPAC." The group's membership consists of Democrats ages 14–36, and its political activities tend to concentrate on increasing the voter turnout of young people and affecting the issues affecting that demographic group. It tends to be somewhat more focused on political activism than the party at large.

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