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The New Democrat Coalition is a Congressional Member Organization within the United States Congress made up of centrist Democrats who support an agenda that the organization describes as "moderate" and "pro-growth" and support a balanced budget.

New Democrat Coalition
ChairDerek Kilmer (WA)
Vice ChairsAnn Kuster (NH)
Scott Peters (CA)
Terri Sewell (AL)
Suzan DelBene (WA)
Founded1997; 22 years ago (1997)
IdeologyCultural liberalism[1]
Fiscal conservatism[2]
Third Way[3]
Political positionCenter[4][5][6] to center-left[7][8]
National affiliationDemocratic Party
International affiliationAlliance of Democrats
(until 2012)
Colors     Blue
Seats in House Democratic Caucus
101 / 235
Seats in the House
101 / 435

A November 2012 press release described the organization as "Congress's largest coalition of "moderates" heading into the 113th Congress.

On December 3, 2016, Connecticut congressman Jim Himes was appointed Chair.[10]

Entering the 116th United States Congress, the New Democrats have 101 members, making them the largest caucus in the Democratic Party, and the second largest in Congress altogether (after the Republican Study Committee).


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.[11]

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).[12]

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.

Prior to the 113th Congress, the New Democrat Coalition had seven task forces, namely Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing; Education; Energy; Financial Services; Health Care; Innovation, Competitiveness and Tax Reform; and Trade.[13] 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 Trade, Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing chaired by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Cedric Richmond (LA-02).

Electoral resultsEdit

House of RepresentativesEdit

Election year No. of overall seats won No. of Democratic seats ±
74 / 435
74 / 212
73 / 435
73 / 205
74 / 435
74 / 202
63 / 435
63 / 233
59 / 435
59 / 257
42 / 435
42 / 193
53 / 435
53 / 201
46 / 435
46 / 188
61 / 435
61 / 194
101 / 435
101 / 235

Political donationsEdit

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.[14][15]


New Democrat Coalition members (House)Edit

New Democrat Coalition in the 116th United States Congress

In the 116th Congress, the following 100 Members and 1 non-voting Delegate of the House of Representatives currently belong to the New Democrat Coalition:[16]




















New HampshireEdit

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U.S. Virgin IslandsEdit

Last updated: April 10, 2019

Former membersEdit

Former RepresentativesEdit

Members who have left the House:

Disaffiliated membersEdit

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

Former Senate New Democrat CoalitionEdit

Former senatorsEdit

The following Senators previously belonged to the defunct Senate New Democrat Coalition, founded in 2000.[18][19][20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Eleanor Clift and Matthew Spieler (2012). Selecting a President.
  2. ^ "Why the Blue Dogs' decline was inevitable". The Washington Post. April 25, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "What Third Way?". Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Meet the New House Centrists". National Review.
  5. ^ Stanage, Niall (2 March 2015). "Centrist Dems ready strike against Warren wing". The Hill.
  6. ^ "United House Democrats Return to Squabbling Ways". National Journal. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Kim, Sueng Min (March 24, 2014). "House Democrats press for immigration vote". Politico. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "List of New Democrat Coalition Members".
  10. ^ "Himes to head centrist Dem group".
  11. ^ "New Democrat Coalition: More than One Fourth of the Democratic Caucus".
  12. ^ "About the Senate New Democrat Coalition (DLC)".
  13. ^ "About Us". U.S. Congress. Joseph Crowley. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  14. ^ Schmidt, Robert (September 30, 2009). "Pro-Business 'New Democrats' Try to Shape Financial Regulations". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  15. ^ Mayer, Lindsay (November 17, 2009). "Blue Dogs and New Democrats Find Friends on Wall Street". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  16. ^ "Membership". Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  17. ^ "New Democrat Coalition Seeks Influence".
  18. ^ "Senate New Democrat Coalition Members" (August 2000).
  19. ^ "Senate New Democrat Coalition Members" (July 2001).
  20. ^ "Senate New Democrat Coalition Members" (August 2002).
  21. ^ Harwood, John (July 16, 2001). "Democratic Centrists Declare Cease-Fire with Liberals to Establish United Front". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 14, 2018.

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