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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.

Democratic Party of Virginia
ChairpersonSusan Swecker
Governor of VirginiaRalph Northam
Lieutenant Governor of VirginiaJustin Fairfax
Senate Minority LeaderRichard L. Saslaw
House Minority LeaderDavid Toscano
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
19 / 40
House of Delegates
49 / 100
U.S. Senate
2 / 2
U.S. House of Representative
7 / 11
Website
www.vademocrats.org

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. Since June 12, 2014, two days after the resignation of Phillip Puckett, the Senate of Virginia has been controlled by the Republican Party of Virginia. After the 2017 Virginia House of Delegates election, Democrats increased their number of seats in the chamber and currently control 49 seats, with Republicans holding a narrow majority of 51 seats.

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Party platformEdit

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

Current elected officialsEdit

Members of CongressEdit

U.S. SenateEdit

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

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

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

Statewide officesEdit

Democrats control all three elected statewide offices:

Historical firstsEdit

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
  • First Democratic Socialists of American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Lee Carter
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
Transgender
  • First openly female transwoman member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Danica Roem
Muslim Americans
  • First male Muslim American member of the Virginia House of Delegates: Sam Rasoul

LeadershipEdit

State Steering CommitteeEdit

ChairpersonEdit

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

Organization 1st Vice ChairEdit

  • Gaylene Kanoyton

DNCEdit

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

2nd Vice Chair of RulesEdit

  • Gaylene Kanoyton
  • Marc K. Broklawski

Technology & Communications Vice ChairEdit

  • Dave Leichtman

Outreach Vice ChairEdit

  • L. Louise Lucas

Finance Vice ChairEdit

  • Tyler Bishop

SecretaryEdit

  • Isaac Sarver

TreasurerEdit

  • Barbara Klear

1st CD Chair – FredericksburgEdit

  • Matt Rowe

2nd CD Chair – Virginia BeachEdit

  • Sandra Brandt

3rd CD Chair – PortsmouthEdit

  • Clint Jenkins

4th CD Chair – PetersburgEdit

  • Lashrecse Aird

5th CD Chair – LeonEdit

  • Suzanne Long

6th CD Chair – LynchburgEdit

  • Maria Childress

7th CD Chair – ChesterfieldEdit

  • Abbi Easter

8th CD Chair – ArlingtonEdit

  • Margo Horner

9th CD Chair – FloydEdit

  • Deb Baum

10th CD Chair – LeesburgEdit

  • Zach Pruckowski

11th CD Chair – FairfaxEdit

  • Robert Haley

Labor Caucus ChairEdit

  • Julie Hunter

VA Association of Democratic Chairs ChairEdit

  • Gene Magruder

Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia ChairEdit

  • Evelyn Morris-Harris

Women’s Caucus ChairEdit

  • Linda Brooks

Latino Caucus PresidentEdit

  • Marvin Figueroa

LGBT Caucus ChairEdit

  • Maggie Sacra

Veterans and Military Families Caucus ChairEdit

  • Terron Sims II

Virginia Young Democrats PresidentEdit

  • Jimmy Lewis

Disability Caucus ChairEdit

  • Cyliene Montgomery

Asian-American Caucus ChairEdit

  • Dewita Soeharjono

Rural Caucus ChairEdit

  • Vee Frye

Small Business Caucus ChairEdit

  • Tom Greeson

Immediate Past ChairEdit

  • Dwight Jones

Executive DirectorEdit

  • Chris Bolling

Deputy Executive Director / CTOEdit

  • Brenner Tobe

Deputy Data DirectorEdit

  • Katie O'Grady

Operations DirectorEdit

  • Elise Vess

Finance DirectorEdit

  • Justin Jones

Deputy Finance DirectorEdit

  • Nick Scott

Political DirectorEdit

  • Shyam Raman

Deputy Political DirectorEdit

  • Liddy Gallagher

Communications DirectorEdit

  • Jake Rubenstein

Deputy Communications DirectorEdit

  • Christian Radden

Digital DirectorEdit

  • Stacy Mitchell

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Contact." Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  3. ^ Democratic Party of Virginia | Party Rules
  4. ^ THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

External linksEdit