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Democratic Party of Georgia

Democratic Party of Georgia
ChairmanNikema Williams
Senate Minority leaderGloria Butler
House Minority leaderJames Beverly
IdeologyModern liberalism
Progressivism
National affiliationDemocratic Party
ColorsBlue
U.S. Senate
2 / 2
U.S. House
5 / 14
Statewide offices
0 / 13
Seats in the Georgia Senate
23 / 56
Seats in the Georgia House of Representatives
79 / 180
Website
www.georgiademocrat.org

The Democratic Party of Georgia is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is one of the two major political parties in the state and is chaired by Nikema Williams.

President Jimmy Carter was a Georgia Democrat. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Georgia Democrats have advocated Medicaid expansion in the state, a policy that would provide a federally subsidized health insurance plan to approximately 500,000 Georgians. At $5.15 an hour, Georgia is one of only two states with a state minimum wage below the federal minimum wage; a priority for Georgia Democrats in the 2010s and 2020s has been increasing the minimum wage.

History

President Jimmy Carter (1977−1981)

For over a century, the Democratic Party dominated Georgia state and local politics with a membership largely consisting of conservative Southern Democrats. From 1872 to 2002, the Democratic Party controlled the governorship, both houses of the state legislature, and most statewide offices.

In 1976, former Democratic governor Jimmy Carter (1971−1975) was elected the 39th president of the United States.

After switching to the Republican Party in 1998, Sonny Perdue went on to defeat Democrat Roy Barnes in the 2002 gubernatorial election. In 2004, the Democratic Party lost control of the Georgia House of Representatives, putting the party in the minority for the first time in state history.

The Democratic Party of Georgia entered the 2010 elections with hopes that former governor Roy Barnes could win back the governorship. Polls showed a tight race between Barnes and Republican gubernatorial nominee Nathan Deal,[1] with some predicting a runoff election.[2] However, on election day, Republicans won every statewide office.[3]

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Georgia Democrats have advocated Medicaid expansion in the state, a policy that would provide a federally subsidized healthcare plan to about 500,000 Georgians.[4][5][6] At $5.15 an hour, Georgia is one of only two states with a state minimum wage below the federal minimum wage; a priority for Georgia Democrats in the 2010s and 2020s has been increasing the minimum wage.[7][8]

Since 2016, Georgia Democrats have begun to see better results, with them getting very close to winning the governorship in 2018. In 2020, Joe Biden narrowly won the state, the first time for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992. Not long after that, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won both of the state's U.S. Senate seats in runoff elections in 2021, the first time Democrats won statewide office since 2006.

Warnock would be elected to a full term in 2022. defeating Republican nominee Herschel Walker.

Leadership

Officers of the Democratic Party of Georgia are elected by the state Democratic committee at a January meeting following each regular gubernatorial election.[9] Officers serve four-year terms, and there is no limit on the number of terms an individual can serve as an officer. Below are the current officers:[10]

  • Chair: Nikema Williams
  • First Vice Chair: Matthew Wilson
  • Vice Chair of Candidate Recruitment: Scout Smith
  • Vice Chair of Congressional District Chairs and County Party Liaison: Sarah Todd
  • Vice Chair of Constituency Groups: Vinny Olsziewski
  • Secretary: Justin Holsomback
  • Treasurer: Sen. Jason Esteves
  • House Leader: James Beverly[11]
  • Senate Leader: Gloria Butler[12]

Caucuses and affiliates

  • AAPI Caucus
  • African American Caucus
  • Democratic Women's Council
  • Disability Caucus
  • Georgia Democratic Rural Council
  • Georgia Federation of Democratic Women
  • Georgia House Democrats
  • Georgia Senate Democrats
  • Greening Georgia
  • Latino Caucus
  • LGBTQ Caucus
  • Senior Caucus
  • Veterans Caucus
  • Young Democrats of Georgia[13]

Current elected officials

Members of Congress

Democrats hold five of Georgia's 14 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and both of Georgia's seats in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senate

Democrats have controlled both of Georgia's seats in the U.S. Senate since 2021:

U.S. House of Representatives

District Member Photo
2nd Sanford Bishop
4th Hank Johnson
5th Nikema Williams
7th Lucy McBath
13th David Scott

Statewide offices

The party controls none of the thirteen statewide constitutional offices such as Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Superintendent of Schools, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Labor, or state Attorney General, etc.

State Legislature

Democrats control 23 of the 56 State Senate seats and 78 of the 180 State House seats. Two-year terms of office apply to both chambers, and the entire membership of each body is elected at the same time in even-numbered years.

Presidential elections

Since 1948, Democrats have won Georgia's presidential electoral votes 9 times, while Republicans have won Georgia 10 times. However, in the last 10 presidential elections, Democrats have won Georgia only twice, in 1992 and 2020.

List of chairs

Elected by the state convention

Appointed by the governor

Elected by the state committee

See also

References

  1. ^ Real Clear Politics: Georgia Governor - Deal vs. Barnes
  2. ^ WSB Radio Georgia Governor: Runoff Likely[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ WXIA-TV Republicans Sweep Statewide Races
  4. ^ "State Dems pan governor's healthcare plan, call for Medicaid expansion". 11 Alive. 22 October 2020. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "With Rural Hospitals in Danger of Closing, Kemp, Duncan Continue to Rail against Medicaid Expansion". Georgia Democrats. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Nolin, Jill. "Dem state lawmaker urges Kemp to expand Medicaid to fight COVID-19". Georgia Recorder. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  7. ^ Hallerman, Tamar. "Minimum wage vote could become defining 2020 issue in Georgia". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  8. ^ "Ossoff, Warnock join senators in seeking $15 minimum wage". FOX 5 Atlanta. 26 January 2021. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  9. ^ "Charter of the Democratic Party of Georgia" (PDF). Democratic Party of Georgia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-22.
  10. ^ "Officers". Georgia Democratic Party. July 12, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Representative Robert Trammell". www.house.ga.gov. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  12. ^ "Senate Dems elect leadership team for 2013-14 term". AccessWDUN. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  13. ^ "Caucuses". Georgia Democratic Party. July 11, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
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