Democratic Party (United States)

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Democratic Party
Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL)
President of the United States Barack Obama (President) (IL)
Senate Leader Joe Biden (President) (DE)
Daniel Inouye (President pro tempore) (HI)
Harry Reid (Majority Leader) (NV)
House Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA)
Chair of Governors Association Martin O'Malley (MD)
Founded 1828 (modern)
1792 (historical)
Headquarters 430 South Capital Street SE,
Washington, D.C., 20003
Student wing College Democrats of America
Youth wing Young Democrats of America

American liberalism
Third Way
Internal factions:
 • Progressive Democrats
 • Libertarian Democrats
 • Moderate Democrats
 • Conservative Democrats

Jacksonian democracy
Classical liberalism
States' rights
International affiliation Alliance of Democrats
Official colors Blue
Position in national political spectrum Center-left
Seats in the Senate
51 / 100
Seats in the House
194 / 435
20 / 50
State Upper Houses
921 / 1,921
State Lower Houses
2,368 / 5,410
Politics of United States
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The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum.[1][2][3] The party has the lengthiest record of continuous operation in the United States, and is one of the oldest political parties in the world.[4] Barack Obama is the 15th Democrat to hold the office of President of the United States.


  1. Grigsby, Ellen (2008). Analyzing Politics: An Introduction to Political Science. Florence: Cengage Learning. pp. 106–7. ISBN 0495501123. "In the United States, the Democratic Party represents itself as the liberal alternative to the Republicans, but its liberalism is for the most the later version of liberalism—modern liberalism." 
  2. Arnold, N. Scott (2009). Imposing values: an essay on liberalism and regulation. Florence: Oxford University Press. p. 3. ISBN 0495501123. "Modern liberalism occupies the left-of-center in the traditional political spectrum and is represented by the Democratic Party in the United States." 
  3. Levy, Jonah (2006). The state after statism: new state activities in the age of liberalization. Florence: Harvard University Press. p. 198. ISBN 0495501123. "In the corporate governance area, the center-left repositioned itself to press for reform. The Democratic Party in the United States used the postbubble scandals and the collapse of share prices to attack the Republican Party...Corporate governance reform fit surprisingly well within the contours of the center-left ideology. The Democratic Party and the SPD have both been committed to the development of the regulatory state as a counterweight to managerial authority, corporate power, and market failure." 

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