Thomas Jefferson, James Madison
1787 (Unofficial), 1793 (as the Democratic-Republican Party) and 1854 (as the Democratic Party)
The Democratic Party advocates social justice grounded in modern progressivism.
To combat the rise of the Federalist agenda of the federal government in the late 1780s, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison led a breakaway faction to form a rival political party known as the United States Democratic-Republican Party. Three decades later, the Party crumbled under the weight of two opposing factions, leading to the formation of the Andrew Jackson-influenced Democratic Party. The Democratic Party is now the oldest surviving political organization in the country.
Today, approximately 148 million Americans are self-identified Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents, making them the most supported political organization in the country.
Barack Obama became the 15th Democrat to hold the office of president, the second highest, collectively serving a total of 86 years.
Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
A blue-colored letter D inside a blue-colored circle
Formerly the “Kicking Donkey” (semi-official)
Deborah “Debbie” Wasserman Schultz, member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Florida’s 23rd congressional district.
a. U.S. Senate: 53
b. U.S House of Representatives: 200
c. State Governors: 19
d. State Senate: 866
e. State House of Representatives: 2,589
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), Martin Van Buren (1837-1841), James K. Polk (1845-1849), Franklin Pierce (1853-1857), James Buchanan (1857-1861), Andrew Johnson (1865-1869), Grover Cleveland (1885-1889/1893-1897), Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945), Harry Truman (1945-1953), John F. Kennedy (1961-1963), Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969), Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Bill Clinton (1993-2001),Barack Obama (2009-present).