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New Democrat Coalition

New Democrat Coalition
Chairman Ron Kind
Founded 1997
Ideology Centrism[1][2][3]
Third Way[4]
Fiscal conservatism[5]
Social progressivism[6]
Political position Center[7][8][9] to Center-left[10]
National affiliation Democratic Party
International affiliation Alliance of Democrats (until 2012)
Colors Blue
Seats in the Senate
5 / 100
Seats in the House
46 / 435
Politics of United States
Political parties

The New Democrat Coalition is a Ron Kind as the Coalition's Chair. As of January 2015, there were 46 members in the House of Representatives and 5 in the Senate.[11]


  • Overview 1
  • Political donations 2
  • New Democrat Coalition members (House) 3
    • Alabama 3.1
    • Arizona 3.2
    • California 3.3
    • Colorado 3.4
    • Connecticut 3.5
    • Delaware 3.6
    • Florida 3.7
    • Georgia 3.8
    • Illinois 3.9
    • Indiana 3.10
    • Louisiana 3.11
    • Maryland 3.12
    • Nebraska 3.13
    • New Hampshire 3.14
    • New York 3.15
    • Oregon 3.16
    • Puerto Rico 3.17
    • Tennessee 3.18
    • Texas 3.19
    • Virginia 3.20
    • Washington 3.21
    • Wisconsin 3.22
    • Former members 3.23
      • Former Representatives 3.23.1
      • Disaffiliated members 3.23.2
  • Senate New Democrat Coalition members 4
    • Current senators 4.1
    • Former senators 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The New Democrat Coalition was founded in 1997 by Representatives Cal Dooley (California), Jim Moran (Virginia) and Timothy J. Roemer (Indiana) as a congressional affiliate of the avowedly centrist Democratic Leadership Council, whose members, including former President Bill Clinton, call themselves "New Democrats." In November 2012, the New Democrat Coalition announced the election of its new leadership team. New Dems elected Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) as the Chair and re-elected Reps. Jim Himes (CT-04), Rick Larsen (WA-02), and Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) as Vice Chairs and added Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) as a Vice Chair.[12]

The Senate New Democrat Coalition was founded in the spring of 2000 by Senators Evan Bayh (Indiana), Bob Graham (Florida), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana), Joe Lieberman (Connecticut), and Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas).[13]

The NDC has worked to craft and pass legislation, including Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for the People's Republic of China, fast track Trade Promotion Authority, digital signatures, and H-1B visa reform and continues to work on matters such as privacy, broadband, expanding e-learning opportunities and making government more accessible and efficient through the use of technology. Many in the Democratic Party's left-wing criticize the group, however, accusing it of ignoring social justice and the poor.

Prior to the 113th Congress, the New Democrat Coalition had seven task forces: Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing; Education; Energy; Financial Services; Health Care; Innovation, Competitiveness and Tax Reform; and Trade.[14] Due to the pressing issues our country faces, the task forces for the 113th Congress changed to: Energy chaired by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Rush Holt (NJ-12),Financial Services and Retirement Security chaired by Rep. Gary Peters (MI-14), Rep. John Carney (DE-At Large), and Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Health chaired by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA-13), Bill Owens (NY-21),and Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), National Security chaired by Jim Moran (VA-08), Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1), and Rep. Ron Barber (AZ-2),Tax Reform and Fiscal Responsibility chaired by Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4), Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5), and Terri Sewell (AL-07),Tech, Education, and Entrepreneurship chaired by Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53), and Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), and finally, Trade, Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing chaired by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Cedric Richmond (LA-02).

Political donations

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the top contributors to the New Democrat Coalition caucus members are the finance, insurance and real estate industries.[15] The Center also reported that the New Democrat Coalition receives a considerable amount of cash from the financial sector and since 1989 members of the New Democrat Coalition have collected $50 million from the finance, insurance and real estate sector.[16]

New Democrat Coalition members (House)

Map of caucus members during the 113th Congress
Map of caucus members during the 112th Congress

In the 113th Congress, the following 50 members of the House of Representatives currently belong to the New Democrat Coalition:[17]









  • David Scott (GA-13)






New Hampshire

New York


Puerto Rico






  • Ron Kind (WI-3), Chair, charter member

Former members

Former Representatives

Members who have left Congress:

Disaffiliated members

Former members who remain in Congress, but who are no longer affiliated with the NDC:

Senate New Democrat Coalition members

The following Senators belong or belonged to the Senate New Democrat Coalition.[18][19][20]

Current senators

Former senators

  • Blanche Lincoln (AR, founder, from 1999; defeated in 2010)
  • Evan Bayh (IN, founder, retired from senate in 2011)
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY, from 2001; retired from Senate in 2009 to become Secretary of State)[21]
  • Bob Graham (FL, founder, chair from 2000–2003; retired from Senate in 2003)
  • Max Cleland (GA, from 2000; defeated in 2002)
  • Zell Miller (GA, from 2001; retired from Senate in 2004)
  • John Breaux (LA, from 2000; retired from Senate in 2004)
  • Jean Carnahan (MO, from 2001; defeated in 2002)
  • John Edwards (NC, from 2000; retired from Senate in 2004)
  • Bob Kerrey (NE, from 2000; retired from Senate in 2000)
  • Richard Bryan (NV, from 2000; retired from Senate in 2000)
  • Chuck Robb (VA, from 2000; defeated in 2000)
  • Jon Corzine (NJ, from 2004; retired to run for Governor in 2005)
  • John Kerry (MA, from 2000); resigned to take office as Secretary of State in 2013
  • Tim Johnson (SD, from 1996; retired from Senate in 2014)
  • Mary Landrieu (LA, from 1996; defeated in 2014)

See also


  1. ^
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  4. ^ What Third Way? retrieved Oct 27, 2014
  5. ^
  6. ^ Eleanor Clift & Matthew Spieler, Selecting a President
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ New Democrat Coalition: More than One Fourth of the Democratic Caucus
  13. ^ About the Senate New Democrat Coalition (DLC)
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^ NDC Member List
  18. ^ NDN: Senate New Democrat Coalition Members (August 2000)
  19. ^ NDN: Senate New Democrat Coalition Members (July 2001)
  20. ^ NDN: Senate New Democrat Coalition Members (August 2002)
  21. ^

External links

  • Congressional New Democrats homepage
  • DLC New Democrat Coalition page
  • DLC: New Democrats Form House Coalition (March 11, 1997)
  • NDC: New Democrat Coalition Adds 10 Freshmen Members To Its Ranks (January 31, 2003)
  • House New Democrat Coalition Announces New Leaders, Membership for 109th (February 9, 2005)
  • NDC government page
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