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Nevada Democratic Party

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the U.S. state of Nevada. It has been chaired by Judith Whitmer since March 2021.[7]


The state of Nevada has had 22 political parties over the years.[8] Only six of these parties lasted up until the 2004 elections. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party remain as the top two in the state.

With the help of Abraham Lincoln in 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in America. Lincoln's Republican influence was considerable among the Nevada state citizens during his presidency. The first two general elections in Nevada, held in 1864 and 1867, were dominated by the Republican Party. In 1871, the Democratic Party started to gain momentum and won four of the six constitutional offices: governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer and attorney general.

Towards the beginning of the 1900s, the Silver Party was formed, bringing many Republicans and Democrats together from the western states. The party was so-named because of the federal government's shortage of silver coins in 1873. The Silver Party played a prominent role in Nevada's politics in the 1894 and 1898 elections. The Silver Party later formed the Silver Democratic Party. The Silver Democratic Party was prominent in Nevada until the election of 1906. After the election of 1906, the Democratic and Republican parties became the two primary parties in Nevada.

During the Great Depression of 1929, the two primary parties split many constitutional and federal offices. After the Great Depression, the citizens of Nevada preferred the Democratic Party over the Republican Party. Democrats were well received by Nevada and won most of the statewide and federal races from 1932 until 1995.

In March 2021, The Intercept reported on a five-year intra-party conflict in the Nevada Democratic Party, waged between supporters of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and members of the party's progressive wing since the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries. Following sweeping gains of leadership positions by progressive candidates backed by the local Democratic Socialists of America chapter on March 6, the entire Nevada Democratic Party staff resigned.[9]

Platform and structure

The current platform for the party was ratified in 2020. The topics that are covered include the military, veterans, healthcare, civil rights, education, elections and government, voting rights, environment and energy, foreign policy, jobs and the economy, and working Nevadans.[10]

A priority for Nevada Democrats in the 2010s and 2020s has been increasing the minimum wage. In 2019, Democratic governor Steve Sisolak signed a bill passed by a Democratic legislature to raise Nevada's minimum wage to $12 an hour.[11][12][13][14][15]

The party has a formal set of by-laws that form the party structure. These by-laws contain nine articles with many sections in each article.[16]

Executive Board[17]

  • Chair: Judith Whitmer
  • 1st Vice-Chair: Jacob Allen
  • 2nd Vice-Chair: Zaffar Iqbal
  • Secretary: Ahmad Adé
  • Treasurer: Vacant

National Committee Representatives[18]

  • National Committeeman: Alex Goff
  • National Committeewoman: Allison Stephens

Current Democratic officeholders

Junior U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen
Junior U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen
Senior U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Senior U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Governor Steve Sisolak

The Nevada Democratic Party controls five of the state's six statewide offices, a majority in the Nevada Senate, and a majority in the Nevada Assembly. Democrats also hold both of the state's U.S. Senate seats and three of the state's four U.S. House of Representatives seats.

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

Democrats have controlled both of Nevada's seats in the U.S. Senate since 2018:

U.S. House of Representatives

Out of the four seats Nevada is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, three are held by Democrats:

Statewide offices

Democrats control five of the six elected statewide offices:

State legislature

County chairs


  1. ^ "Voter Registration Statistics".
  2. ^ "EDITORIAL: The socialists take over the state Democratic Party". Las Vegas Review-Journal. March 15, 2021. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  3. ^ Cillizza, Chris (March 9, 2021). "Analysis: How democratic socialists just took over a swing state". CNN. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Blake, Aaron. "The extraordinary rise of the democratic socialists in Nevada". Washington Post. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  5. ^ Price, Michelle L. (March 10, 2021). "Sanders backers take over Nevada Democratic party leadership; staff resigns". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  6. ^ Schoenmann, Joe (March 15, 2021). "What Does The Nev. Democratic Party's Progressive Move Mean For State Politics?". Nevada Public Radio. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  7. ^ "Party Leadership". Nevada Democratic Party. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. ^ Hal K. Rothman. The Making of Modern Nevada. Fall 2010. September 8, 2011.
  9. ^ Lacy, Akela; Grim, Ryan (March 8, 2021). "Entire Staff of Nevada Democratic Party Quits After Democratic Socialist Slate Won Every Seat". The Intercept. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  10. ^ Democratic, Nevada. "2020 Ratified Convention Platform | Blog | Nevada State Democratic Party" (PDF). Nevada State Democratic Party. Archived from the original on 2012-12-23. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  11. ^ Lochhead, Colton. "Sisolak signs bill raising minimum wage to $12 an hour in Nevada". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  12. ^ Jackson, Hugh. "U.S. House passes what Nevada Legislature wouldn't: $15 minimum wage". Nevada Current. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  13. ^ Snyder, Riley. "Lawmakers tackle bill gradually raising minimum wage to $12 by 2023, first increase in eight years". The Nevada Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  14. ^ Snyder, Riley; Rindels, Michelle. "Bill raising minimum wage to $12 by 2024 clears Senate, heads to governor". The Nevada Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  15. ^ Sadler, John. "Democrats continue to push proposals for higher minimum wage". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Charter and Bylaws of the Nevada State Democratic Party" (PDF). August 22, 2020.
  17. ^ "Party Leadership". Nevada Democratic Party. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  18. ^ "2020-2022 Executive Board". Nevada Democratic Party. Retrieved 2021-03-10.

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