FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 14, 2018
DLCC Communications Director
DLCC Communications Director
The DLCC and State Democrats Win Big in Statehouses Nationwide
WASHINGTON — Today the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) released an Election Day by the Numbers fact sheet showing state Democrats have flipped more than 380 state legislative seats from red to blue and gained Democratic majorities in eight chambers this cycle.
“We’re proud that Democrats have regained majorities in eight chambers and we’ve flipped more than 380 seats from red to blue nationwide,” said DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post. “Democrats have also gained seven new trifectas. When Democrats hold the majority in state legislatures, more policies are passed into law that help all Americans. We raised a record $35 million and worked with state legislative leaders to invest strategically in states programs to flip chambers, elect state Democrats, and rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up. We have elected a new generation of inspiring leaders and we know that a new era of democratic dominance is on the horizon.”
The DLCC and state Democrats gained Democratic majorities in the Colorado Senate, Connecticut Senate, Maine Senate, Minnesota House, New Hampshire House, New Hampshire Senate, and New York Senate, in addition to reclaiming the majority in the Washington Senate in 2017. Democrats gained supermajorities in the California Senate, Illinois House, Nevada Assembly, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, and Vermont House, while maintaining their supermajorities in an additional 13 chambers. The DLCC and state Democrats broke Republican supermajorities in the Michigan Senate, North Carolina House and Senate, and Pennsylvania Senate, in addition to breaking the Republican supermajority in the Georgia Senate in 2017.
The midterm elections led to several historic firsts in state legislatures across the nation, led by many of the DLCC’s Spotlight candidates:
- Anna Eskamani is the first Iranian-American elected to the Florida legislature
- Anna Kaplan is the first Iranian-American elected to the New York Senate
- John Liu is one of the first Asian-Americans elected to the New York Senate, along with Kevin Thomas
- Ram Villivalam is the first Indian-American elected to the Illinois General Assembly
- In New Hampshire, Melanie Levesque is the first African-American to be elected to the state Senate
- Gerri Cannon and Lisa Bunker will become the first openly transgender candidates to serve in the New Hampshire Legislature
- In Indiana, JD Ford became the first openly LGBTQ candidate to win a seat in the Indiana Legislature
- Jeremy Moss will be the first LGBTQ member of the Michigan Senate
- Brianna Titone will become the first openly transgender candidate to serve in the Colorado House
This year Democrats ran over 5,300 candidates – the most candidates for state legislatures since 1982. Nearly half of those candidates were women, and more than 1,100 were candidates of color. The DLCC knows that when Democrats hold the majority in state legislatures, more policies are passed into law that help all Americans. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is the only organization exclusively committed to electing Democrats to state legislatures all over the country and winning Democratic control of chambers. For over two decades, the DLCC has been working with state legislative leaders to invest strategically in state programs and rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up. This cycle, the DLCC held 65 trainings with more than 1,000 candidates and staff to prepare state Democrats for success. With the help of the DLCC, state Democrats are leading the resistance against the Trump administration’s extremist policies while moving our nation forward one state at a time.
For more information or to schedule an interview with the DLCC, please contact Mara Sloan at [email protected].
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