New Democrat Coalition

Last updated on 8 August 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.[8]

Overview

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.[9]

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).[10]

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.[11] 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).

Electoral results

House of Representatives

Election year # of overall seats won # of Democratic seats +/-
2000
74 / 435
74 / 212
2002
73 / 435
73 / 205
-1
2004
74 / 435
74 / 202
+1
2006
63 / 435
63 / 233
-11
2008
59 / 435
59 / 257
-4
2010
42 / 435
42 / 193
-17
2012
53 / 435
53 / 201
+11
2014
46 / 435
46 / 188
-7
2016
61 / 435
61 / 194
+15

Political donations

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.[12][13]

New Democrat Coalition members (House)

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New Democrat Coalition in the 115th United States Congress

In the 115th Congress, the following 52 members of the House of Representatives currently belong to the New Democrat Coalition:[14]

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

llinois

Indiana

Louisiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

Oregon

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

U.S. Virgin Islands

Former members

Former Representatives

Members who have left the House:

Disaffiliated members

Former members who remain in Congress, but who are no longer affiliated with the NDC:

Former Senate New Democrat Coalition

Former senators

The following Senators previously belonged to the defunct Senate New Democrat Coalition.[16][17][18]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Meet the New House Centrists".
  2. ^ a b Stanage, Niall (2 March 2015). "Centrist Dems ready strike against Warren wing".
  3. ^ a b http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/united-house-democrats-return-to-squabbling-ways-20150304
  4. ^ What Third Way? retrieved Oct 27, 2014
  5. ^ "Why the Blue Dogs’ decline was inevitable".
  6. ^ Eleanor Clift & Matthew Spieler, Selecting a President
  7. ^ Kim, Sueng Min (March 24, 2014). "House Democrats press for immigration vote". Politico. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  8. ^ http://ctmirror.org/2016/12/01/himes-to-head-centrist-dem-group/
  9. ^ New Democrat Coalition: More than One Fourth of the Democratic Caucus
  10. ^ About the Senate New Democrat Coalition (DLC)
  11. ^ "About Us". U.S. Congress. Joseph Crowley. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  12. ^ Schmidt, Robert (September 30, 2009). "Pro-Business ‘New Democrats’ Try to Shape Financial Regulations". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  13. ^ Mayer, Lindsay (November 17, 2009). "Blue Dogs and New Democrats Find Friends on Wall Street". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  14. ^ "Membership | New Democrat Coalition". newdemocratcoalition-himes.house.gov. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  15. ^ http://www.rollcall.com/news/New-Democrat-Coalition-Seeks-Influence-212384-1.html
  16. ^ NDN: Senate New Democrat Coalition Members (August 2000)
  17. ^ NDN: Senate New Democrat Coalition Members (July 2001)
  18. ^ NDN: Senate New Democrat Coalition Members (August 2002)
  19. ^ Harwood, John (July 16, 2001), "Democratic Centrists Declare Cease-Fire with Liberals to Establish United Front", Wall Street Journal

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