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Jason Rae
Jason Rae (34150912646).jpg
Secretary of the Democratic National Committee
Assumed office
February 25, 2017
Preceded by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Chair of the Democratic National Committee Youth Council
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Jason Rae
(1986-11-25) November 25, 1986 (age 31)
Rice Lake, Wisconsin, U.S.[1]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Phillip Bailey
Alma mater Marquette University (B.A.)
Profession Politician

Jason Rae (born November 25, 1986) is a Democratic National Committee (DNC) member from the state of Wisconsin. Rae is the youngest person ever elected to the DNC.[citation needed] On February 25, 2017, he was elected to serve as secretary of the DNC.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Rae was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, to John and Lori Rae. He was a student at Marquette University, from which he graduated with an honors bachelor of arts degree in history and political science.[citation needed] He is an associate at Nation Consulting in Milwaukee.[3]

College activism[edit]

Rae was the chair of the Marquette University chapter of College Democrats and was elected Chair of the College Democrats of Wisconsin in 2008.[citation needed] Within Marquette University Student Government (MUSG), he was Legislative Vice President, in which he formed of the Ad Hoc Committee on Funding of Student Activities.[4][5] He previously served in the MUSG Senate as Senator, student representative to the Faculty Academic Senate, College of Arts & Sciences Committee chair, and Parliamentarian.[6][7] Rae was the author of a bill passed by the Marquette University Student Government to provide domestic partner benefits to faculty.[8]

At Marquette, Rae received the 2008 Outstanding Class Member Award for the junior class.[9] Rae is on the Board of Directors for the Rice Lake Boys Club.[10]

Political involvement[edit]

In 2004, Rae was vice chair of the Barron County Democratic Party and was appointed to Senator Russ Feingold's re-election steering committee.[11]

Rae was elected to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in June 2004. At the time of his election to his leadership role within the party, he was 17, making him the youngest person ever elected to the DNC.[12] The party election garnered much press coverage, as a state legislator and the president of the state's firefighters' union were among the losing candidates for the position.

Rae's election to the DNC was unexpected.[13]

Wisconsin gets to elect two men and two women to serve on the Democratic National Committee. I put my name into the race and gave it my all. I had my friends get together to make signs; I produced flyers for all the chairs; I had stickers made; I greeted every convention delegate. By the time the vote tallies were counted, I discovered that I had received the most votes out of the three candidates.

— Jason Rae, PBS Newshour[13]

Rae attended the 2004 Democratic National Convention as a guest of the Wisconsin delegation. He was a superdelegate for the 2008 convention in Denver. Rae is chair of the DNC's Youth Council.[citation needed] In this position, he has worked on increasing youth involvement in politics and seeing that candidates address issues of importance to young people. He has spoken at DNC meetings to members of Kids for Democracy and Y-Press.[citation needed]

In spring 2007, Governor Jim Doyle (D-WI) appointed Rae as the youth representative to the Governor's Commission on the United Nations. From June 23–30, 2007, Rae participated in a delegation of 10 DNC members to Taiwan, where they met with various elected officials in the Taiwanese government to better understand the present situation with China.

Rae worked on the Allen Thomell campaign for the Georgia State House and the Herb Kohl for United States Senate campaign. He has also interned at People for the American Way.[14] In the summer of 2006 he interned at the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. He came out as gay to members of the DNC in February 2007, which he discussed in an interview in The Advocate in February 2008.[15]

On 21 February 2008 Rae announced his support of Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.[16]

Rae's ultimate goal in politics is to become President himself.[17]

Rae currently serves as the Board President of Fair Wisconsin, the state's only statewide LGBT advocacy organization.[18]

Rae attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention in July 2016, as super-delegate, and pledged support to Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

Media appearances[edit]

Rae has appeared on television news shows including MSNBC's Live with Dan Abrams and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°, on radio, and in news reports about his experiences.[19][20][21][22] He recounted meeting with Michelle Obama, having breakfast with Chelsea Clinton, and receiving calls from Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Madeleine Albright, and others.[19][20] BBC TV's North America editor briefly interviewed Rae in a report on the 2008 Democratic Party primaries on 10 O'clock News on 21 April 2008. Jason Jones interviewed Rae on The Daily Show.[citation needed]

Rae is included on a list of openly gay politicians in The Advocate's "Forty under 40" issue of June/July 2009.[23]


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ Nation Consulting Biography of Jason Rae
  4. ^ Marquette University Student Government | Legislative
  5. ^ Youngest super-delegate | News | Marquette Magazine
  6. ^ First MUSG meeting for new leaders - News
  7. ^ Learning the ropes - News
  8. ^ Eric Lombardi (2007-04-02). "MUSG recommends partner benefits". Marquette (Wisconsin) Tribune. Archived from the original on 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  9. ^ Marquette University Division of Student Affairs. Student Leadership Award Past Recipients.
  10. ^ Boys and Girls Clubs of Rice Lake - Youth Service
  11. ^
  12. ^ Graeme Zielinski (2004-07-05). "He's elected but can't yet vote: Rice Lake boy, 17, going to Boston on Democratic National Committee". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-02-13. [dead link]
  13. ^ a b "Young People Who Feel Included Will Vote". PBS. 2004-07-26. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  14. ^ [xclusive_detail_ektid52256.asp | title=Gay Superdelegate Breaks the Mold | author=Kerry Eleveld | publisher=The Advocate | date=]
  15. ^ Retrieved 2008-02-17.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Greg J. Borowski (2008-02-21). "Another super delegate to Obama". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-02-21. [dead link]
  17. ^ Paulson, Michael; Schweitzer, Sarah (2004-07-25). "From near, far, the delegates descend on Hub". The Boston Globe. 
  18. ^ "Fair Wisconsin Board of Directors". 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  19. ^ a b "Transcript of February 11, 2008 Live with Dan Abrams". MSNBC. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  20. ^ a b "Transcript of February 12, 2008 Anderson Cooper 360°: Superdelegates". CNN. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  21. ^ E.g., on KGO 810 radio, on the Karel program during the 9:00PM PST hour on February 17, 2008.
  22. ^ Karen Travers (2008-02-11). "College Junior Breakfasts With Chelsea Clinton". ABC News. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  23. ^ Forty Under 40: Politics Archived 2009-05-09 at the Wayback Machine.

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