Since 2016, the DLCC and state partners have built eight new majorities and flipped seats from red to blue across the country – paving the way for progress. State legislatures pass the policies that most affect Americans’ day-to-day lives, and flipping chambers from red to blue has an outsized impact on governing and public policy.
The DLCC recruits, trains, and supports local Democrats running for their state legislatures. We provide our candidates with the resources, field support, and data necessary to run smart, winning campaigns. By gaining a foothold in state legislatures, Democrats can engage supporters across the country and prepare for victories in statewide and national elections.
We’re powered by more than 200,000 supporters from all 50 states. Over 98% of our contributions come from grassroots donors (giving an average of $29), who fuel thousands of local Democratic candidates across the country.
Building up Democratic majorities in the states is more important than ever. With right-wing radicals proliferating state legislatures across the country and redistricting happening this year, our democracy is on the line. We’re counting on our supporters to get educated, involved, and take action in their communities.
We’re fighting to elect local Democrats, retake statehouses, and end right-wing gerrymandering across the country.
Leading the national strategy to elect more state Democrats and win legislative majorities.
Directing the day to day operations
The DLCC is governed by a board of distinguished Democratic state legislative leaders who represent the interests of our statehouse candidates nationally. Our chair, New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, works with the board to oversee our efforts and ensure that state legislative leaders and partner organizations are engaged with DLCC’s work in chambers across the country.
Senate Majority Leader, New York
Andrea Stewart-Cousins was elected by her colleagues to serve as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference in December 2012, becoming the first female leader of a legislative conference in New York history. In 2019, she became the first female Senate Majority Leader in New York history. She was first elected to the State Senate in 2006 and currently represents Greenburgh, part of White Plains, part of New Rochelle, part of Yonkers and Scarsdale. Senator Stewart-Cousins has sponsored and passed transformative legislation that has become law, such as the landmark Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act, and Child Health Plus and School Meal Enrollment Coordination Law. Through her legislative and community service work, Andrea has been named “Woman of the Year” by the Business and Professional Women’s Club; “Legislator of the Year” by the Community Health Association of New York State.
Speaker of the Assembly, Nevada
After graduating law school and briefly working in private civil practice, Jason Frierson became a Deputy Attorney General where he prosecuted white collar criminals. Jason also served on the Nevada Cybercrimes Task Force, working with other state and federal law enforcement agencies to combat crime across the internet. Jason next worked as a Deputy Public Defender, defending the Constitution and protecting the rights of the accused by ensuring that the process was fair. For over three years, Jason served as Deputy District Attorney, advocating in Family Court. Jason then made the switch over to the Nevada State Assembly, serving for a number of years before members elected Frierson to the position of speaker in the 79th assembly. Frierson returned to the Assembly in 2016 election. He had previously served in the Assembly from February 7, 2011 to 2014, when he was defeated by John Moore by 40 votes representing District 8. Frierson is a member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
Senate President, Hawaii
Senate President Ron Kouchi first joined the Hawaii state Senate in 2010. He was elected President of the Hawaii State Senate in May 2015, after serving as Vice President of the Senate from 2013-2015 and as Majority Caucus Leader from 2011-2013. Prior to joining the Senate, Kouchi served for 11 terms on the Kaua’i County Council.
Dedicated to growing Hawaii’s economy while protecting the environment, Kouchi has served as Vice Chair for the committee on Tourism, and Vice Chair for the committee on Ways and Means. He had also served as a member on the committees on Agriculture, Education, Transportation, and International Affairs. He is involved in several community organizations, and serves on the boards of the Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital and the YMCA.
Senate President Ron Kouchi has served on the DLCC Board as an At-Large member since December 2016 and was chosen by his colleagues to serve as DLCC Board Treasurer in December 2017.
House Majority Leader, Delaware
Valerie J. Longhurst was first elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in November 2004 to represent the 15th District. In 2008, she was elected as the House Majority Whip and served for four years. After the 2012 election, her caucus elected her House Majority Leader. Representative Longhurst is currently chair of the House Administration, Ethics and Rules committees. She is also the former chair of the Manufactured Housing Committee.
Rep. Longhurst has pushed for common sense gun safety measures in Delaware. First by sponsoring legislation adding Delaware to the National Instant Background Check System, then by fighting to expand background check requirements for gun purchases to include straw purchases and gun shows and finally by closing the ‘Charleston Loophole” and supporting protections for victims of domestic and intimate partner violence. In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, Delaware was the only state aside from Connecticut to pass additional gun safety measures in their state legislature.
Rep. Longhurst has been a dedicated champion of legislation to promote women’s equality in the workplace, justice system and healthcare system. During the 148th General Assembly, she spearheaded a package of 14 bills to address real issues impacting women. Equal pay activist and icon Lilly Ledbetter attended the signing ceremony for these bills and praised this work which included protections for victims of sexual assault, banning wage secrecy and discrimination against women for reproductive health decisions.
In addition to her responsibilities in the House Majority Caucus, she plays an important role in many local and national organizations and initiatives, including:
Speaker, New Mexico
Brian Egolf was elected Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives by acclamation in 2017. He has served in the House since 2009, representing the 47th District, the Eastern portion of Santa Fe County. Egolf first ran for the House in 2007 as the Democratic candidate, championing a progressive platform promoting and creating opportunities for hardworking New Mexicans to get ahead. After winning his election, Brian has continued to serve in the House, winning reelection and a fifth term in November 2016. Egolf’s most notable legislative victories are equal pay for equal work for the women of New Mexico, reducing government corruption through the creation of a statewide independent ethics commission, supporting the establishment and growth of renewable energy, and a law penalizing the distribution of sensitive images, such as child pornography.
Senate Minority Leader, Michigan
Senate President pro Tempore, California
Senate Democratic Leader, Wisconsin
Senate Democratic Leader, North Carolina
Deputy Senate Majority Leader, Washington
Speaker of the House, Maine
Speaker of the House, Virginia
Assembly Majority Leader, New Jersey
Speaker of the House, Minnesota
Speaker of the House, Maryland
Speaker of the House, Oregon
Speaker of the Assembly, California
Senate Democratic Leader, New Hampshire