DemDaily: Your Guide to The Democratic National Committee

February 2, 2023

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

The meeting, a four-day political passion fest of Democratic leadership, committee members, speakers and supporters from across the country, kicked off yesterday at the Downtown Sheraton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For those uninitiated in the ways of the Party, we are providing a primer!

The 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 & ByLaws, Budget & Finance, Credentials, Resolutions and Platform Committees.

DNC Members
There are close to 450 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, 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), Democratic Mayors Association (DMA), 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: Approximately 75 individual members who represent different constituencies and are leaders "at-large," 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, Disability, Women's, 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 Labor, Veterans & Military Families, Ethnic, Rural, Small Business Owners, Environmental & Climate Crisis, Poverty, Interfaith, Youth and Seniors Coordinating Council.

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 and Vice President Harris will address the meeting Friday afternoon, which will be live-streamed on the DNC's YouTube Channel.

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