Democratic Party (United States)

Democratic Party
ChairpersonTom Perez (NY)
FounderThomas Jefferson
James Madison
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
SecretaryJason Rae (WI)
Speaker of the HouseNancy Pelosi (CA)
Senate leaderMinority Leader
Chuck Schumer (NY)
House leaderMajority Leader
Steny Hoyer (MD)
IdeologySocial democracy
Social liberalism
Democratic socialism

The U.S. Democratic Party is one of the two biggest political parties in the United States. The other is the Republican Party. The U.S. also has several smaller political parties known as third parties. Supporters of this party are known as Democrats.

Every four years the party holds a National Convention where they agree on their candidate for President. The Democratic National Committee coordinates most of the activities of the Democratic Party in all 50 United States. There have been 15 Democratic presidents, the most recent being Barack Obama, who was President from 2009 to 2017. The Democratic Party represents a broad spectrum of leftist ideologies, including classic liberalism, social democracy, progressivism, and socialism.

Philosophy and role in government

Democrats, also sometimes called 'the left', 'liberals' or 'progressives' make up one of the two main political parties in the United States. A mostly Democratic state is sometimes called a 'blue state'. This comes from the party’s main color, which is blue, referring to a state supporting ‘blue’ candidates.

Democrats believe in a strong government with social assistance programs to help members of society. They prefer diplomatic solutions to conflicts, and take a generally protectionist view on trade, believing that trade must be regulated to protect American workers.

Socially, most Democrats believe in social liberalism, taking pro-immigration, pro-gay marriage, and pro-choice views.

Other Languages
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Дэмакратычная партыя
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Mìn-chú-tóng (Mî-koet)
Lëtzebuergesch: Democratic Party (USA)
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