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Democratic Party
Chairperson Donna Brazile
Secretary Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (MD)
President of the United States Barack Obama (IL)
Vice President of the United States Joe Biden (DE)
Senate leader Minority Leader
Harry Reid (NV)
House leader Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (CA)
Founder Andrew Jackson
Founded 1801
Ideology Liberalism

The U.S. Democratic Party is one of the two biggest political parties in the United States. The other is the Republican Party. The U.S. also has several smaller political parties known as "third parties." Supporters of this party are known as Democrats.

Every four years the party holds a National Convention where they agree on their candidate for President. The Democratic National Committee coordinates most of the activities of the Democratic Party in all 51 United States. There have been 15 Democratic presidents, the most recent being Barack Obama, who became President in 2009.


See History of the United States Democratic Party.

Philosophy and role in government

Some Modern Democrats are called "the left", "liberals" or "progressives", even though not all Democrats are left-wing or liberal. In the United States, each of the political parties are large coalitions that cover many different kinds of ideology. A mostly Democratic state is sometimes called a "blue state", this original color scheme was based on Great Britain's political system, which used red to denote the more liberal party and was first used in the 1976 presidential election campaign.

Democratic beliefs

Generally Democrats support:

  • Progressive income tax, increasing overall tax income
  • Higher corporate taxes and recapturing income from overseas profits
  • Expanding spending on government programs
  • Spending on business, education, infrastructure, clean-energy
  • Limited rights to Abortion
  • Restrictions of weapons use through government oversight
  • Universal healthcare
  • Regulating business and the economy
  • Same-sex marriage

Most support for Democrats comes from states in the Northeast, Northwest and Pacific Coast areas of the USA, but there are Democrats elected to office in all other states too.


The symbol of the Democratic Party is the donkey.

The symbol of the Democratic Party is the Donkey. Since the election of 2000, the color blue has become a symbol for Democrats.

Democratic Presidents

Presidents during the 19th century
James Monroe White House portrait 1819
President James Monroe was a famous 19th century Democrat.
Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton
Presidents during the 20th century
Presidents during the 21st century

Other famous Democratic Politicians

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
Joe Biden
Vice President Joe Biden
Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Daniel Inouye
Former senator Daniel Inouye

Former Democrats

Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981
Republican Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat

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