ASDC Chair, Vice Chair

Ken Martin was elected Chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party in 2011, making him the longest serving Chairman in the 75-year history of the DFL. The Minnesota DFL has won every statewide election since Ken was elected Chairman.

Ken was only a senior at Eden Prairie High School when he joined Paul Wellstone’s campaign for U.S. Senate. Sen. Wellstone inspired Ken to pursue a political career dedicated to the principle that “we all do better, when we all do better.”

Ken has worked tirelessly to rebuild and refocus the DFL around that iconic ideal. When he was first elected Chairman, he inherited a party deeply in debt and reeling from recent defeats. By building the party to win and to last, Ken restored Minnesotans’ confidence in the DFL. He made the DFL what it is today–an all-day, year-round party dedicated to organizing communities, empowering the grassroots, electing progressive candidates, and improving the lives of Minnesotans.

Given his success as the DFL Party Chairman, Ken was elected by his peers across the country to serve as the President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs in 2017. He also serves as a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Through this national platform, Ken works with state and local party committees to build permanent, long-lasting political infrastructure so they can elect candidates from the school board to the Oval Office.