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
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was first elected to the New York Senate in 2006. In 2012, she became the first woman, and African-American woman to lead a New York legislative conference. In 2019, her peers elected her as Temporary President and Majority Leader of the Senate. Stewart-Cousins has sponsored and passed transformative legislation such as the landmark Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act, and Child Health Plus and School Meal Enrollment Coordination Law. Due to her legislative and community service work, Andrea has been named “Woman of the Year” by the Business and Professional Women’s Club and “Legislator of the Year” by the Community Health Association of New York State. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pace University and her teaching credentials in Business Education from Lehman College while raising her children as an adult. Stewart-Cousins resides in Yonkers and has three children and four grandchildren with her late husband Thomas.
Senate President pro Tempore, California
Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins was elected to the California Assembly in 2010 where she served for six years. In 2014, her colleagues selected her to be the Speaker of the Assembly and she became the first lesbian to hold the position. In 2016, Atkins was elected to the state Senate and was appointed to the Rules Committee. In 2018, she was elected by her colleagues to be Senate President pro Tempore. She became the first woman and the first openly LGBTQ person to lead the legislature’s upper house. Atkins counts a major $7.5-billion water bond and the creation of the state’s first Earned Income Tax Credit among her proudest accomplishments. Before becoming involved in public service, she worked as director of clinic services at Womancare Health Center. Atkins graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory & Henry College. She lives in San Diego with her spouse Jennifer and their dog Joey.
Senate Minority Leader, Michigan
Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich was elected to the Michigan Senate in 2013. He was elected Senate Minority Leader in 2014 and 2018. During his tenure in the legislature, Ananich has been at the forefront of addressing the Flint water crisis. He continues to push for answers and champion long-term solutions to the critical infrastructure, health and economic needs his community now faces. Ananich formerly worked as a civics and government teacher at Carman-Ainsworth and Flint Community Schools. He also served as an education coordinator for Priority Children, where he helped train Genesee County youth to secure internships and jobs. Ananich graduated from Flint Central High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political economics from Michigan State University, and a secondary education certificate in social studies. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan-Flint. He lives in Flint with his wife Andrea and their son.
Senate President, Hawaii
Senate President Ron Kouchi was elected to the Hawaii Senate in 2010 and has served as Senate President since 2015. Kouchi was a lobbyist for the County of Kaua‘i at the Hawaii State Legislature and is a former member of the Legislative Committee of the Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce. He served for 22 years as a Kaua‘i County Councilman, including 12 years as Council Chair. He is a former director of the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative and the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau. Kouchi also served on the boards of the Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital and YMCA, and chaired the Wilcox Health Foundation’s capital campaign. Kouchi attended Drake University in Iowa. He and his wife Joy have two children.
Speaker of the House, New Mexico
Speaker of the House Brian Egolf was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2008. Among his legislative successes, Egolf championed equal pay for equal work for the women of New Mexico, reduced government corruption through the creation of a statewide independent ethics commission, and passed legislation to penalize the distribution of sensitive images, such as child pornography. As a private practice attorney, Egolf filed suit in New Mexico district court on behalf of a gay couple who were denied a marriage license. That case helped turn the tide toward marriage equality in New Mexico and just a few months later, the state’s Supreme Court ruled to legalize gay marriage, making New Mexico the 17th state to do so. Egolf earned his bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and public service from Georgetown University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico. Egolf resides in Santa Fe with his wife Kelly and their two daughters.
House Majority Leader, Delaware
House Majority Leader Valerie J. Longhurst was first elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2004. 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. Longhurst is the Chair of the House Administration, Ethics and Rules committees. Longhurst has advocated for a variety of 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, by closing the “Charleston Loophole”, and finally by supporting protections for victims of domestic and intimate partner violence. In addition to her responsibilities in the General Assembly, she plays an important role in many local and national organizations. Her involvement includes serving as a Women’s Network Advisory Council member of the National Conference of State Legislators, a board member of the Police Action League, and a member of the Delaware Sports Commission Advisory Council. Longhurst graduated from West Chester University and has two children.
Senate Democratic Leader, Wisconsin
Senate Minority Leader, North Carolina
Senate Deputy 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 Assembly, California
Senate Democratic Leader, New Hampshire