New Democrat Coalition
Last updated on 25 June 2017
The New Democrat Coalition is a Congressional Member Organization within the United States Congress made up of Democrats who support an agenda that the organization describes as "moderate" and "pro-growth". A November 2012 press release described the organization as "Congress' largest coalition of "moderates" heading into the 113th Congress. As of January 2015, there were 46 members in the House of Representatives. On December 3, 2016, Connecticut congressman Jim Himes was appointed Chairman.
The New Democrat Coalition was founded in 1997 by Representatives Cal Dooley (California), Jim Moran (Virginia) and Timothy J. Roemer (Indiana) as a congressional affiliate of the avowedly "centrist" Democratic Leadership Council, whose members, including former President Bill Clinton, call themselves "New Democrats." In November 2012, the New Democrat Coalition announced the election of its new leadership team. New Dems elected Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) as the Chair and re-elected Reps. Jim Himes (CT-04), Rick Larsen (WA-02), and Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) as Vice Chairs and added Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) as a Vice Chair.
The Senate New Democrat Coalition was founded in the spring of 2000 by Senators Evan Bayh (Indiana), Bob Graham (Florida), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana), Joe Lieberman (Connecticut), and Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas).
The NDC has worked to craft and pass legislation, including Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for the People's Republic of China, fast track Trade Promotion Authority, digital signatures, and H-1B visa reform and continues to work on matters such as privacy, broadband, expanding e-learning opportunities and making government more accessible and efficient through the use of technology. Many in the Democratic Party's left-wing criticize the group, however, accusing it of ignoring social justice and the poor.
Prior to the 113th Congress, the New Democrat Coalition had seven task forces: Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing; Education; Energy; Financial Services; Health Care; Innovation, Competitiveness and Tax Reform; and Trade. The task forces for the 113th Congress were changed to: Energy chaired by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Rush Holt (NJ-12), Financial Services and Retirement Security chaired by Rep. Gary Peters (MI-14), Rep. John Carney (DE-At Large), and Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Health chaired by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA-13), Bill Owens (NY-21), and Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), National Security chaired by Jim Moran (VA-08), Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1), and Rep. Ron Barber (AZ-2),Tax Reform and Fiscal Responsibility chaired by Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4), Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5), and Terri Sewell (AL-07),Tech, Education, and Entrepreneurship chaired by Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53), and Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), and finally, Trade, Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing chaired by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Cedric Richmond (LA-02).
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According to the Center for Responsive Politics, as of 2009 the top contributors to the New Democrat Coalition caucus members were the finance, insurance and real estate industries and in the two decades between 1989 and 2009 members of the New Democrat Coalition had collected $50 million from those industries.
New Democrat Coalition members (House)
In the 115th Congress, the following 52 members of the House of Representatives currently belong to the New Democrat Coalition:
U.S. Virgin Islands
Members who have left the House:
- James A. Barcia (MI-5), charter member, did not seek re-election
- Chris Bell (TX-25), lost re-election following redistricting
- Ken Bentsen (TX-25), charter member, did not seek re-election
- Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), subsequently resigned in 2012
- Ed Case (HI-2), Ran for Senate
- Bob Clement (TN-5), charter member, retired
- Jim Davis (FL-11), charter member, retired
- Peter Deutsch (FL-20), charter member, retired
- Norman D. Dicks (WA-6), charter member, retired
- Bob Etheridge (NC-2), charter member, lost re-election in 2010
- Harold Ford Jr. (TN-9), Ran for Senator
- Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8), resigned from Congress in January 2012
- Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20), appointed to Hillary Clinton's vacant Senate seat
- Jane Harman (CA-36), resigned in 2011
- Jay Inslee (WA-1), resigned in March 2012, Elected State Governor
- John J. LaFalce (NY-29), charter member, retired
- Nick Lampson (TX-22), lost re-election in 2008
- Bill Luther (MN-6), charter member, lost re-election following redistricting
- Tim Mahoney (FL-16), lost re-election in 2008
- Denise Majette (GA-4), retired
- Bob Matsui (CA-5), charter member, deceased
- Karen McCarthy (MO-5), charter member, retired
- Juanita Millender-McDonald (CA-37), deceased
- Brad Miller (NC-13), retired
- Chris Murphy (CT-5), elected to the Senate in 2012
- Earl Pomeroy (ND), charter member, lost re-election in 2010
- Steve Rothman (NJ-9), charter member, lost renomination following redistricting
- Max Sandlin (TX-1), charter member, lost re-election following redistricting
- Thomas C. Sawyer (OH-14), charter member, lost re-election following redistricting
- Heath Shuler (NC-11), retired
- Charles Stenholm (TX-17), charter member, lost re-election following redistricting
- Ellen Tauscher (CA-10), appointed Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs
- Jim Turner (TX-2), charter member, retired
- Ron Barber (AZ-02), lost reelection
- Jim Moran (VA-8), charter member, retired
- Mike McIntyre (NC-07), retired
- Allyson Schwartz (PA-13), Ran for Governor
- Bill Owens (NY-21), lost reelection
- Gary Peters (MI-14), Elected Senator
- Rush D. Holt (NJ-12), retired
- Dan Maffei (NY-24), lost reelection
- Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4), retired
- Joe Garcia (FL-26), lost reelection
- John Barrow (GA-12), lost reelection
- Gwen Graham (FL-2), did not seek reelection
- Pedro Pierluisi (PR-AL), Ran for Governor
- John C. Carney Jr. (DE-AL), Elected Governor
Former members who remain in Congress, but who are no longer affiliated with the NDC:
Former Senate New Democrat Coalition
The following Senators previously belonged to the defunct Senate New Democrat Coalition.
- Dianne Feinstein (CA, by 2001)
- Thomas R. Carper (DE, by 2001; co-chair from 2003)
- Bill Nelson (FL, by 2001)
- Debbie Stabenow (MI, by 2001)
- Maria Cantwell (WA, by 2001)
- Blanche Lincoln (AR, founder, from 1999; defeated in 2010)
- Evan Bayh (IN, founder, retired from senate in 2011)
- Hillary Clinton (NY, from 2001; resigned from Senate in 2009 to become Secretary of State)
- Bob Graham (FL, founder, chair from 2000–2003; retired from Senate in 2003)
- Max Cleland (GA, from 2000; defeated in 2002)
- Zell Miller (GA, from 2001; retired from Senate in 2004)
- John Breaux (LA, from 2000; retired from Senate in 2004)
- Jean Carnahan (MO, from 2001; defeated in 2002)
- John Edwards (NC, from 2000; retired from Senate in 2004)
- Bob Kerrey (NE, from 2000; retired from Senate in 2000)
- Richard Bryan (NV, from 2000; retired from Senate in 2000)
- Chuck Robb (VA, from 2000; defeated in 2000)
- Jon Corzine (NJ, from 2004; retired to run for Governor in 2005)
- John Kerry (MA, from 2000); resigned to take office as Secretary of State in 2013
- Tim Johnson (SD, from 1996; retired from Senate in 2014)
- Mary Landrieu (LA, from 1996; defeated in 2014)
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