|Chair||Jay Inslee (WA)|
|Vice Chair||Gina Raimondo (RI)|
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The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) is a Washington, D.C. based 527 organization founded in 1983, consisting of U.S. state and territorial governors affiliated with the Democratic Party. The mission of the organization is to provide party support to the election and re-election of Democratic gubernatorial candidates. The DGA's Republican counterpart is the Republican Governors Association. The DGA is not directly affiliated with the non-partisan National Governors Association. Elisabeth Pearson is currently the Executive Director of the DGA.
The DGA in its current form was founded by Virginia Governor Chuck Robb in 1983 with the help of Democratic National Committee Chairman Chuck Manatt. The purpose of the committee was to raise funds to elect Democrats to governorships and to improve the partnership between Democratic governors and the Democratic leadership of the House and Senate. Prior to its current formation in mid-1983, they met in a Democratic Governors Conference.
The DGA played a pivotal role in the election of Bill Clinton to the Presidency in 1992. Under the leadership of DGA Chair and Hawaii Governor John Waihee, the DGA helped organize Clinton's "winning the West" campaign tour through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California. Republicans had handily won in all but Washington and Oregon the previous three elections. According to The Washington Post, it was "all but unthinkable to Republicans that the GOP could lose such stalwart pieces of the party's electoral base as Wyoming and Nevada." Clinton lost Wyoming but carried Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and California.
In the past 30 years Democratic Governors have served in various other government positions after their tenure. The following list provides recent positions from the Clinton and Obama administrations.
Democratic Governors elected as President:
Democratic Governors appointed to the U.S. Cabinet:
Democratic Governors appointed to Ambassadorships:
Democratic Governors elected DNC Chair:
Democratic Governors elected to the U.S. Senate:
This list only includes Governors who were elected or who had been re-elected to the Senate when the DGA was established. Thus senators such as Gaylord Nelson, Richard Russell Jr., Edmund Muskie, Majority Leader Joseph Taylor Robinson and etc. are not included. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, even though he was elected in a special election in 1966, is included in the list because he had won reelection in the years 1986, 1992 and 1998.
The leadership of the DGA consists of elected Democratic governors.
|Vice Chairman||Gina Raimondo||Rhode Island||2015|
There are currently 16 Democratic governors:
|Current Governor||State||Past||Took office||Seat Up|
|John Bel Edwards||Louisiana||List||2016||2019|
|Phil Murphy||New Jersey||List||2018||2021|
|Andrew Cuomo||New York||List||2011||2018|
|Roy Cooper||North Carolina||List||2017||2020|
|Gina Raimondo||Rhode Island||List||2014||2018|
In addition to governors of U.S. states, the DGA also offers membership to Democratic governors of U.S. territories.
|Current Governor||Territory||Past||Took office||Seat Up|
|Ricky Rosselló||Puerto Rico||List||2017||2020|
|Lolo Matalasi Moliga||American Samoa||List||2013||2020|
Current and former DGA Chairs.
|1968||Robert McNair||South Carolina|
|1970||Bob Scott||North Carolina|
|1975||Philip Noel||Rhode Island|
|1978||Jim Hunt||North Carolina|
|1980||Brendan Byrne||New Jersey|
|1986||Richard Riley||South Carolina|
|1996||Gaston Caperton||West Virginia|
|1998||Pedro Rosselló||Puerto Rico|
|2005–2006||Bill Richardson||New Mexico|
The DGA reported raising over $20 million in 2011, almost doubling what it raised during the comparable 2007 election cycle. "Because of our strong efforts in 2011, we will have the resources to aid Democratic candidates in targeted states and continue to fight for our core priorities: Jobs. Opportunity. Now.," DGA Chair Martin O'Malley said. Executive Director Colm O'Comartun added, "There is no doubt that we will face a challenging electoral environment in 2012, but our victories in 2011 showed that we know how to wisely and strategically deploy our resources. We are delighted with the continued support of everyone who believes in our mission of creating jobs and expanding opportunity now."
Several former DGA staff members have gone on to hold prominent positions in the government and in the private and non-profit sectors.
Former Communications Director Jake Siewert served as Press Secretary for President Bill Clinton for four months from 2000 to 2001. From 2001 to 2009, he worked for Alcoa Inc. In 2009, he became an advisor to then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
Former Policy Director Sheryl Rose Parker was Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She is currently Deputy Director of Government Affairs for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Former Policy Communications Director Doug Richardson served as Director of Public Affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama administration. He is currently Public Relations Director for R&R Partners.
Former Executive Director Katie Whelan served as a senior advisor to (Republican) California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She was an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is currently Senior Public Policy Advisor for Patton Boggs LLP.
Former Executive Director Nathan Daschle is the founder and CEO of Ruckus, Inc., an online political engagement platform. He is the son of former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle. In October 2010, Daschle was recognized as one of Time magazine's "40 under 40" rising stars in politics.
Former Executive Director Mark Gearan was director of communications during the Clinton administration and served as director of the Peace Corps. He is the current president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.
Founding Executive Director Chuck Dolan is a Senior Vice President at kglobal and was appointed by President Clinton as Vice-Chair of the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. He is a lecturer at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.
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