The Democratic National Committee is the governing body of the Democratic Party, with general responsibility for the affairs of the Democratic Party between National Conventions. Over 150 years old, the DNC is the oldest continuing National Party committee in the U.S. and the world.
In addition to electing Democrats up and down the ballot, supporting Democratic candidates, legislation and elected officials, the DNC administers the affairs of the Party (such as the presidential nominating process).
The officers of the Party are elected by the National Committee members. Under the Party’s Charter and Bylaws, the DNC has nine officers. In addition to the Chair, the DNC has five Vice Chairs (including the President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, elected by that body), a Treasurer, a Secretary, and a National Finance Chair.
Pursuant to the Party’s Charter and Bylaws, the next slate of officers will be elected at the Winter DNC Meeting held prior to March 1, 2017. Also per the Party’s Rules and prior to that meeting, there will be procedures in place to govern how the election is conducted. The Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC) will meet December 2-3 2016, to promulgate these Rules. In accordance with the practice for past elections, these rules and information about the process will be made available to the press and public.
The Charter and Bylaws is the constitution of the Democratic Party. It outlines the structure of the Party organization, and the relationship among the National Convention, the National Committee, and other Party organizations or operations.
Approximately 447 members serve on the National Committee. The membership is composed of the following general categories:
You can request a DNC Roster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each state Democratic Party has its own rules for selecting its DNC members. Some members are elected on the ballot as part of the state’s Democratic primary, and in other states the members are elected by the State Democratic Committee or the State Convention.
Democratic National Committee members from the states and territories are elected every four years during the presidential election year. They begin serving upon the adjournment of the National Convention, and serve until the adjournment of the next National Convention.
DNC members are Party leaders and activists within their communities and at various levels of the Party. As such, they serve as an important liaison between the National Party, its constituencies, and state and local Democrats. Members attend and participate at DNC meetings and share their political expertise with the National organization and each other. Members also play an important role in recruiting and training other Democratic activists to work on behalf of Democratic candidates and Democratic legislative proposals.
The DNC’s website at www.democrats.org contains information about the Democratic Party, the DNC, the National Convention, State Parties, the National Platform, and current issues.