Democratic Party of Virginia

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Democratic Party of Virginia
ChairpersonSusan Swecker
SecretaryIsaac Sarver
SpokespersonGrant Fox, Communications Director
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
NewspaperBlue Virginia (unofficial)
Student wingVirginia College Democrats
Youth wingVirginia Young Democrats
Women's wingVirginia Democratic Women’s Caucus
Overseas wingDemocrats Abroad
LGBT wingLGBT Democrats of Virginia
High School WingVirginia Young Democrats Teen Caucus
IdeologyCentrism
Modern liberalism
Progressivism
Political positionCenter-left
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
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
9 / 10
Website
www.vademocrats.org

The Democratic Party of Virginia is the affiliate (associated with) of the Democratic Party. The Virginia Democrats are based in Richmond, Virginia.[2]

As of 2021, the Democrats are the largest party in both state legislature chambers; Senate of Virginia and Virginia House of Delegates. Federally, Virginia has voted for every Democratic presidential candidate since 2008. The Democrats also hold seven out of the 11 state's U.S. House seats and both of the state's U.S. Senate seats.

Organization[change | change source]

Local Democratic Committees[change | change source]

Local Democratic Committees assist the Democratic Party by locality, though they can contain several localities.

Central Committee[change | change source]

The Central Committee controls all matters of the Party. The committee can create an annual budget and the method to nominate candidates for statewide offices.

Current elected officials[change | change source]

Senior Senator Warner

Members of Congress[change | change source]

U.S. Senate[change | change source]

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

U.S. House of Representatives[change | change source]

Out of Virginia's 11 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, seven are held by Democrats:

Statewide offices[change | change source]

Democrats control all three elected statewide offices:

Legislative leadership[change | change source]

2019 Virginia political crisis[change | change source]

In 2019, all three of Virginia's statewide executive office holders, all Democrats, were in various controversies. Governor Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page had featured a person in blackface and a person in a Ku Klux Klan hood, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was accused of having sexually assaulted a professor in 2004, and Attorney General Mark Herring was revealed to have worn blackface at a college party. Parts of the Democratic Party of Virginia told Northam to resign from the governorship, but he did not. The national Democratic Party remained silent, as Northam's and Fairfax's resignation would have meant that Republican Speaker of the House Kirk Cox would have become governor. Ultimately, none of the three accused resigned.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. [1]
  2. "Contact Archived 2010-04-30 at the Wayback Machine." Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  3. Schwartzman, Paul. "On a political roll, Virginia Democrats now awash in scandal". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 February 2021.