WASHINGTON — DLCC President Jessica Post appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell to showcase the work of the DLCC that made history — for the first time since at least 1934, the party in power did not lose a single legislative chamber in a midterm election year. In a midterm environment that heavily favored Republicans, the DLCC and state Democrats defended all of its legislative majorities, picked up three chambers in Minnesota and Michigan, and are on course for another victory in the Pennsylvania House — huge victories for democracy, abortion access, and the Democratic agenda in the states
MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell: Jessica Post on State Legislatures and Campaign 2022
[O’DONNELL]: “Coming up, finally, the Democrats did well, very well, and this is really important in elections for state legislatures. The person most responsible for that success at the all-important state legislature level will appear in the victory circle here next”
[POST]: “Democrats as the party in power, we lost fewer legislative chambers — we lost zero legislative chambers — and that’s the best Democrats at the state legislative level in a president midterm since 1934, since FDR. So we’re very happy about that. Typically in midterms, the president’s party loses seats or legislative chambers, and we were able to beat the odds in a huge way this cycle …
“So many things are resolved in state legislatures… after the Thomas concurrence on Dobbs, more things like Obergefell, birth control, the Griswold case, all of those things could head to the states. And that’s why it’s so important for Democrats to win state legislatures across the country.”
Jessica Post is the president of the DLCC, the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures. This cycle, the committee raised $50 million to elect state Democrats across the country. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and pass the policies that have the biggest impact on Americans’ day-to-day lives. Under her leadership, the DLCC is leading the national party against Republican attacks on our democracy and fundamental rights across the states.