Democratic Party of Virginia

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Democratic Party of Virginia
ChairpersonSusan Swecker
Governor of VirginiaRalph Northam
Lieutenant Governor of VirginiaJustin Fairfax
Senate President Pro TemporeLouise Lucas
Senate Majority LeaderDick Saslaw
House SpeakerEileen Filler-Corn
Founded1924 (1924)
Headquarters919 East Main Street.[1]
Richmond, Virginia 23223
Youth wingYoung Democrats of Virginia
Women's wingNational Federation of Democratic Women
Overseas wingDemocrats Abroad
LGBT wingLGBT Democrats of Virginia
Ideology
Political positionCenter to left-wing
National affiliationDemocratic Party
Colors     Blue
Statewide Executive Offices
3 / 3
Senate
21 / 40
House of Delegates
55 / 100
U.S. Senate
2 / 2
U.S. House of Representatives
7 / 11
Website
www.vademocrats.org

The Democratic Party of Virginia (VA Dems) is based in Richmond in the Commonwealth of Virginia.[2] It is affiliated with the national Democratic Party of the United States. The organization is governed by a State Party Plan,[3] which guarantees an open and fair candidate selection process. Although the party has members and elected officials throughout the state, it draws its highest number of votes from the Tidewater area, Metropolitan Richmond, and suburban Washington, D.C.

Historically, the Democratic Party has dominated Virginia politics. At the federal level, since the 2008 United States presidential election, Virginia has always voted for the Democratic United States presidential candidate. Since the 2012 Virginia elections, Virginia has always voted for the Democratic statewide candidate. Since the 116th United States Congress, Democrats in the United States House of Representatives have been in the majority in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

At the state level, since the 2013 Virginia elections, Virginia has always voted for the Democratic gubernational, lieutenant gubernational, and attorney general candidates. Since the 1851 Virginia gubernational election, the first gubernatorial election in Virginia in which the governor was elected by direct popular vote, 34 Virginia Governors have been Democrats. Since the 1851 Virginia lieutenant gubernational election, the first lieutenant gubernatorial election in Virginia in which the lieutenant governor was elected by direct popular vote, 29 Virginia Lieutenant Governors have been Democrats. Since the 1851 Virginia Attorney General election, the first Attorney General election in Virginia in which the Attorney General was elected by direct popular vote, 25 Attorneys General have been Democrats. After the 2019 Virginia House of Delegates election, Democrats expanded to a majority of 55 seats, with Republicans holding 45. They additionally regained control of the Virginia Senate, with 21 seats to the Republican's 19.

Party platform[edit]

The party follows the platform of the Democratic National Committee.[4]

Current elected officials[edit]

Members of Congress[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Democrats have controlled both of Virginia's seats in the U.S. Senate since 2008:

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Out of the 11 seats Virginia is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 7 are held by Democrats:

Statewide offices[edit]

Democrats control all three elected statewide offices:

Historical firsts[edit]

African Americans
Arab Americans
Lebanese Americans
Palestinian Americans
  • First male Palestinian American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Sam Rasoul
Asian Americans
Korean Americans
  • First male Korean American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Mark Keam
Vietnamese Americans
  • First female Vietnamese American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Kathy Tran
Filipino Americans
  • First female Filipino American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Kelly Fowler
Democratic Socialists of America
Females
Jewish Americans
Latino Americans
Peruvian Americans
  • First female Peruvian American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Elizabeth Guzmán
Salvadoran Americans
  • First female Salvadoran American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Hala Ayala
Mexican Americans
  • First female Mexican American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Kelly Fowler
LGBT
Muslim Americans
  • First male Muslim American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Sam Rasoul

Leadership[edit]

State Steering Committee[edit]

Chairperson[edit]

Former
Current
  • Susan Swecker (March 27, 2015-present)

Organization 1st Vice Chair[edit]

  • Gaylene Kanoyton

DNC[edit]

  • Gaylene Kanoyton
  • Marc K. Broklawski
DNC Member[edit]
  • Steve Cochran
  • Doris Crouse-May
  • Frank Leone
  • Jennifer McClellan
  • Ms. Atima Omara
  • Yasmine Taeb

2nd Vice Chair of Rules[edit]

  • Gaylene Kanoyton
  • Marc K. Broklawski

Technology & Communications Vice Chair[edit]

  • Dave Leichtman

Outreach Vice Chair[edit]

  • L. Louise Lucas

Finance Vice Chair[edit]

  • Tyler Bishop

Secretary[edit]

  • Isaac Sarver

Treasurer[edit]

  • Barbara Klear

1st CD Chair – Fredericksburg[edit]

  • Matt Rowe

2nd CD Chair – Virginia Beach[edit]

  • Sandra Brandt

3rd CD Chair – Portsmouth[edit]

  • Clint Jenkins

4th CD Chair – Petersburg[edit]

  • Lashrecse Aird

5th CD Chair – Leon[edit]

  • Suzanne Long

6th CD Chair – Lynchburg[edit]

  • Maria Childress

7th CD Chair – Chesterfield[edit]

  • Abbi Easter

8th CD Chair – Arlington[edit]

  • Margo Horner

9th CD Chair – Floyd[edit]

  • Deb Baum

10th CD Chair – Leesburg[edit]

  • Zach Pruckowski

11th CD Chair – Fairfax[edit]

  • Robert Haley

Labor Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Julie Hunter

VA Association of Democratic Chairs Chair[edit]

  • Gene Magruder

Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia Chair[edit]

  • Evelyn Morris-Harris

Women’s Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Linda Brooks

Latino Caucus President[edit]

  • Marvin Figueroa

LGBT Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Maggie Sacra

Veterans and Military Families Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Terron Sims II

Virginia Young Democrats President[edit]

  • Alexsis Rodgers

Disability Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Cyliene Montgomery

Asian-American Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Dewita Soeharjono

Rural Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Vee Frye

Small Business Caucus Chair[edit]

  • Tom Greeson

Immediate Past Chair[edit]

  • Dwight Jones

Party Staff[edit]

Executive Director[edit]

  • Andrew Whitley

Deputy Executive Director / CTO[edit]

  • Brenner Tobe

Deputy Data Director[edit]

  • Katie O'Grady

Communications Director[edit]

  • Grant Fox

Operations Director[edit]

  • Elise Vess

Finance Director[edit]

  • Justin Jones

Deputy Finance Director[edit]

  • Colleen Grady

Political Director[edit]

  • Shyam Raman

Deputy Political Director[edit]

  • Khalid Naji

Digital Director[edit]

  • Nick Scott

Voter Protection Director[edit]

  • Alyssa Pooler

Voter Protection Coordinator[edit]

  • Ja’Scotta Jefferson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Contact Archived 2010-04-30 at the Wayback Machine." Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "Democratic Party of Virginia | Party Rules". Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-09-04.
  4. ^ "THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM". Archived from the original on 2017-12-20. Retrieved 2017-12-20.

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