DemDaily: Your Guide to the Democratic National Committee

March 9, 2022

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is holding its Winter meeting this week, its bi-annual gathering to address party business, reports, resolutions and strategy going into the midterm elections.

The meeting, a three-day political passion fest of Democratic leadership, committee members, speakers and supporters from across the country, is the first in-person meeting since the full onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

In preparation, and for those uninitiated to the ways of the Party, we are providing a primer!

The Democratic National Committee (DNC), formed in 1848, is the formal governing body for the Democratic Party, responsible for establishing and promoting the Democratic Party principles, and coordinating strategy and activity to support the election of Democratic candidates at the local, state, and national levels. It organizes the Democratic National Convention, held every four years to nominate a candidate for President, and formulates and approves the Party's official platform.

The DNC is led by a team of national officers who are elected by members of the DNC every four years. Internally, the DNC's agenda, rules and operations are governed by a series of committees including the Rules and ByLaws, Budget & Finance, Credentials, Resolutions and Platform Committees.

DNC Members
There are 447 DNC members who are elected or appointed as delegates to a four-year term from five categories. Some are elected on the ballot as part of the state's Democratic primary, while in other states the members are elected by the State Democratic Committee or the State Convention. Membership is equally divided between men and women. They include:

State-Elected (200 members). Based on population, a minimum of two from each state, the District of Columbia, the territories and Democrats Abroad. State processes vary, but most are elected by the state's Democratic Committee, at the State Party Convention or Democratic Primary.

*  State Chairs and Vice-Chairs

*  Current and former Democratic Presidents and Vice Presidents

 Official Party Committee Representatives from affiliated Party Committees that provide resources and focus on electing and reelecting lawmakers at specific levels of office.

The Official Party Committees and organizations include: The DNC, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Democratic Governors Association (DGA), Association of State Democratic Committees (ASDC), Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC), National Conference of Democratic Mayors (NCDM), Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO), National Democratic County Officials (NDCO), Democratic Association of Secretary of States (DASS), Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), National Association of Democratic Lieutenant Governors, National Association of Democratic State Treasurers (NAST), National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW), National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council (NDECC), National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council (NDSCC), College Democrats of America (CDA), Young Democrats of America (YDA) and High School Democrats of America (HSDA)

At-Large Members: 75 individual members who represent different constituencies and are leaders "at-large" who are nominated by the DNC Chair and approved by a vote of DNC members.

DNC Caucuses: The DNC has two types of caucuses: Regional and Constituency

Regional Caucuses: Eastern, Midwestern, Southern, Western
DNC members from the states within each region compose the Regional Caucuses. Regional Caucuses elect officers and four representatives to serve on the DNC Executive Committee.

Constituency Caucuses: AAPI, Black, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Women and Native American. The DNC Constituency Caucuses are composed of DNC members who share an inherent or immutable trait. Additionally, each Constituency Caucus must represent a minimum of 2% of the DNC general membership and a constituency that has been historically underrepresented in Democratic Party affairs.

DNC Councils: Created to represent certain communities that do not meet the requirements for Constituency Caucuses and/or are organized around an issue or cause. Membership on DNC Councils includes both DNC members and non-DNC members.

They include the Disability Council, Labor Council, Veterans & Military Families Council, Ethnic Coordinating Council, Rural Council, Small Business Owners Council, Environmental & Climate Crisis Council, Poverty Council, Interfaith Council, Youth Council and Seniors Coordinating Council.

The DNC Meeting Schedule
Press & Guests: The caucus and council meetings and Saturday's general session will be open to the press and the public.
Watch The Meeting: President Biden's address Thursday evening and the DNC General Session on Saturday will be live-streamed on the DNC's YouTube Channel.

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