DemDaily: Convention 101

January 29, 2024

We are now 203 days away from the Democratic Convention in Chicago and the official kickoff to the 2024 general election for the White House!

The 2024 Democratic National Convention will take place in Chicago, Illinois, August 19-22 when Democrats will nominate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for a second term.

Convention 101 
The Purpose: The Democratic National Convention is the formal event, held every four years, in which Party delegates and members convene to choose their nominees for President and Vice President.

At the Convention, the Party adopts the official Democratic platform as well as the reports of the Rules and Credentials Committees.

The Place
Chicago was selected at the conclusion of a rigorous process, beating out other finalists Atlanta, New York and Houston. With a population of 2.7 million, Chicago is the nation's third-largest city, as well as one of its most diverse. The choice of the "Windy City," which last hosted the convention in 1996, also recognizes the critical role of the region's "blue wall" of states which will be key to holding the White House in 2024.

Chicago's United Center will serve as the main venue for the convention. Events will also take place at McCormick Place, as well as in venues and hotels throughout the city.

The Process: The four-day Convention Schedule covers official party business and speeches. and culminates in a state-by-state roll call vote for the nominee. On the final night, President Biden will deliver his acceptance address, setting the stage for the Fall campaign.

The People: All told, over 50,000 delegates, elected and party officials, donors, activists, lobbyists, labor leaders, celebrities, media and volunteers will descend on the Midwestern city for four days. Another 35 million are expected to tune in nightly by television or online.

57 state delegations, as well as donors, media and volunteers, will stay in 30 separate hotels secured by the DNCC in Chicago and the region.

The Players
The 2024 Convention is chaired by veteran political strategist, senior presidential advisor and former DNC Chief Executive Officer Minyon Moore.

Moore, a Chicago native, is leading the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) team of experienced politicos who oversee convention operations, politics and public engagement, including credentialing, housing, transportation, site operations, media and vendor relations.

Alex Hornbrook, who led the convention selection process, is Executive Director. Former White House Legislative Director Louisa Terrell is Senior Advisor to both the convention and the Biden-Harris campaign, and DNC Deputy Executive Director Roger Lau, in addition to assisting with the convention planning and execution, is Senior Advisor to the Biden Victory Fund.

The 2024 Chicago Host Committee
The DNC team is working closely with the Chicago Host Committee, Development Now for Chicago, which is responsible for organizing and raising the roughly $85 million needed to put on the convention (in addition to $50 million in security spending provided by the federal government). The convention is expected to infuse $150 million into the region's economy.

GCM Grosvenor Board Chair and CEO Michael Sacks is Chair of the committee, and Christy George, a top economic deputy to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, is the Executive Director. government affairs and diversity consultant Keiana Barrett is senior adviser, and Magnify Strategies' Kaitlin Fahey is general consultant.

The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and host committee also made history last July by signing the earliest and most expansive "labor peace agreement" with state leaders, ensuring unions will not go on strike before or during the Democratic National Convention.

The Experience
The Super Bowl of politics, the Convention is the largest single gathering of Party leaders and influencers -- an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the people and players who are shaping the future of our Party and the country.

Through hundreds of events, convention goers will share in celebrating the renomination of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

In 2016, participants posted close to 600 official, unofficial, private and public events to the DemList Convention Calendar. In 2020, the nation's first virtual convention, DemList posted over 400 events.

DemList will once again host the Democratic Convention Calendar, free to all to post and promote their events. DemList has hosted the Party-recommended calendar and resource site for the last three presidential cycles. Follow DemList for all convention news and announcements!

DemDaily: The 2024 Presidential Primary Calendar 1/4/24
DemDaily: Your Guide to the Democratic National Committee 10/3/23
DemDaily: DNC Announces Convention Leadership 8/10/23
DemDaily: It's Chicago! Home of the 2024 Democratic Convention 4/11/23

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