Democratic National Committee
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the campaign and fund-raising organization affiliated with the United States Democratic Party. Their formal responsibility is the National Convention every four years where the Presidential Nominee is selected.
Current DNC Officials
- Howard Dean, Chairman
- Lottie Shackelford, Vice Chair
- Linda Chavez-Thompson, Vice Chair
- Rep. Mike Honda, Vice Chair
- Susan Turnbull, Vice Chair
- Mark Brewer, Vice Chair, Chairman ASDC
- Andrew Tobias, Treasurer
- Alice Travis Germond, Secretary
- Maureen White, National Finance Chair
- Howard Dean (February, 2005, to Present)
- Terry McAuliffe (2001-2005)
- Joseph Andrew (1999-2001), with General Chairman Ed Rendell (1999-2001)
- Joseph Andrew (1999-2001), with General Chairman Roy Romer (1999)
- Steven Grossman (1997-1999), with General Chairman Roy Romer
- Donald Fowler (1995-1997), with General Chairman Christopher Dodd
- Debra DeLee (1994-1995)
- David Wilhelm(1993-1994)
- Ron Brown (1989-1993)
- Paul G. Kirk, Jr. (1985-1989)
- Charles T. Manatt (1981-1985)
- John C. White (1978-1981)
- Kenneth M. Curtis (1977-1978)
- Bob Strauss (1972-1977)
Function of the Committee
The Democratic National Committee plans the Party's quadrennial presidential nominating convention; promotes the election of Party candidates with both technical and financial support; and works with national, state, and local party organizations, elected officials, candidates, and constituencies to respond to the needs and views of the Democratic electorate and the nation.
Members of the Committee
- Main article: Members of the Democratic National Committee
While anyone who is registered to vote as a Democrat is a member of the Party, there are 440 members of the Democratic National Committee.
The National Committee has 9 elected officers: The Chair, five Vice Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary, and National Finance Chair.
Membership on the National Committee is composed of individuals selected by the Democratic Party organizations in each state (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), the U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands), and Democrats living outside the United States and those Territories listed above (Democrats Abroad).
Each jurisdiction is represented by its Chair and the next highest ranking officer of the opposite sex. An additional 200 votes are distributed to the states and territories based on population, with each receiving a minimum of two additional seats. Each delegation must be equally divided between men and women.
Also seated on the DNC are representatives of various Democratic constituencies and elected officials. These include two U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives, two members of the College Democrats, and three representatives each from the Democratic Governors, Mayors, State Legislators, County Officials. Municipal Officials, Young Democrats, and the National Federation of Democratic Women. Fifty members are appointed by the DNC Chairmen, and approved by the DNC, and are considered "Members-at-Large."
Democratic National Headquarters
Democratic Party Headquarters has been housed in a number of locations in Washington (and in New York) including the Mayflower Hotel and, of course, the Watergate.
Our current Headquarters building at 430 South Capitol Street, SE, in Washington, DC -- the first owned by the Party -- was built at a cost of approximately $6.5 million. The DNC moved into the facility in December of 1984.
The Democratic National Headquarters is shared by the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees, as well as the Harriman Communications Center, which provides state of the art media support to Democratic candidates, Party leaders, and elected officials.
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