Democratic Party of Virginia
ChairpersonSusan Swecker
SecretaryIsaac Sarver
SpokespersonLiam Watson, Press Secretary
Senate President Pro TemporeLouise Lucas
Senate Majority LeaderScott Surovell
Speaker of the House of DelegatesDon Scott
Founded1924 (1924)
Headquarters919 East Main Street[1]
Richmond, Virginia 23223
Student wingVirginia College Democrats
Youth wingVirginia Young Democrats
Women's wingVirginia Democratic Women’s Caucus
Overseas wingDemocrats Abroad
LGBT wingLGBT Democrats of Virginia
IdeologySocial liberalism
Modern liberalism
Political positionCenter to center-left
National affiliationDemocratic Party
Colors  Blue
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House of Delegates
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U.S. Senate
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The Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA/VA Dems) is the Virginia affiliate of the Democratic Party based in Richmond, Virginia.[2]

Historically, the Democratic Party has dominated Virginia politics. Since the 1851 Virginia gubernatorial election, the first gubernatorial election in Virginia in which the governor was elected by direct popular vote, 34 Virginia Governors have been Democrats. Since the 1851 Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election, the first lieutenant gubernatorial election in Virginia in which the lieutenant governor was elected by direct popular vote, 29 Virginia Lieutenant Governors have been Democrats. Since the 1851 Virginia Attorney General election, the first Attorney General election in Virginia in which the Attorney General was elected by direct popular vote, 25 Attorneys General have been Democrats.

As of 2023, Democrats hold a 21-19 majority in the Virginia Senate, and a 51-49 majority in the Virginia House of Delegates. At the federal level, Virginia has voted for every Democratic presidential candidate since 2008. Democrats hold six of the Commonwealth's 11 U.S. House seats and both of the Commonwealth's U.S. Senate seats.



Steering Committee

The Steering Committee makes decisions about the Party in-between meetings of the Central Committee, and also has an exclusive role of overseeing staff.

Central Committee

The Central Committee has full control over all matters of the Party, including the adoption of an annual budget, the method of nomination for statewide candidates such as Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General; the adoption of resolutions and policy statements. In addition, the Central Committee can veto any decision of the Steering Committee.

The Central Committee meets at least four times a year, usually in Richmond, although by tradition, the September meeting is in Fredericksburg. Central Committee meetings are accompanied by meetings of the Steering Committee the night before, and Caucus meetings over the weekend.

The Central Committee is composed of 20 members from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts. Each district apportions the central committee seats to localities in the district based on population. Additionally, each district committee can elect three more members from local committees and one member of the Virginia General Assembly. The Central Committee is "reorganized" every four years following the election for Governor. The last reorganization was held in March of 2022.[5]

In addition, the following people are ex-officio members of the Central Committee and their District Committees:

Local Democratic Committees

Local Democratic Committees serve to promote the Democratic Party in their specific locality. Some committees may contain several localities. Local committees may endorse candidates for nonpartisan office (such as school board) and assist in campaigning for their candidate.

Current elected officials

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

Democrats have controlled both of Virginia's seats in the U.S. Senate since 2008:

U.S. House of Representatives

Out of the 11 seats Virginia is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, six are held by Democrats:

District Member Photo
3rd Bobby Scott
4th Jennifer McClellan
7th Abigail Spanberger
8th Don Beyer
10th Jennifer Wexton
11th Gerry Connolly

Legislative leadership

List of chairs


2019 Virginia political crisis

In 2019, all three of Virginia's statewide executive office holders, all Democrats, were embroiled in various controversies. Governor Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page had featured an individual in blackface and an individual in a Ku Klux Klan hood, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was accused of having sexually assaulted a professor in 2004, and Attorney General Mark Herring was revealed to have worn blackface at a college party. Most Democrats urged Northam to resign from the governorship, but he refused. Ultimately, none of the three accused resigned.[7]

Historical firsts

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African Americans
Arab Americans
Asian Americans
Jewish Americans
Latino Americans

See also


  1. ^ "Democratic Party of Virginia". 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  2. ^ "Contact Archived 2010-04-30 at the Wayback Machine." Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "Staff". Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  4. ^ "State Steering Committee". Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved 2022-05-15.
  5. ^ "DPVA Central Committee Reorganization". Democratic Party of Virginia. Retrieved 2022-05-15.
  6. ^ Swecker, Susan (September 8, 2018). "Democratic Party of Virginia Party Plan" (PDF). Democratic Party of Virginia.
  7. ^ Schwartzman, Paul. "On a political roll, Virginia Democrats now awash in scandal". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 February 2021.