Democratic Party of the State of Washington
ChairpersonTina Podlodowski
Founded1890
Headquarters615 2nd Ave., Suite 580
Seattle, WA 98104
IdeologySocial liberalism
Modern liberalism
Progressivism
Political positionCenter to Center-left
National affiliationDemocratic Party
ColorsBlue
Seats in the Upper House
28 / 49
Seats in the Lower House
57 / 98
Website
Official website

The Washington State Democratic Party is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the U.S. state of Washington, headquartered in Seattle.[1] It is also commonly referred to as the Washington State Democrats and the Washington Democratic Party. It is currently the dominant party in the state, controlling the majority of Washington's U.S. House seats, both U.S. Senate seats, both houses of the state legislature, and the governorship.

Organization

Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC)

County party organizations

Each of Washington's 39 counties has a county democratic central committee, which operates within that county and sends two delegates (one male and one female) to the State Central Committee.

Legislative district organizations

Each of Washington's 49 legislative districts has a local Democratic party organization, which operates within that district and sends two delegates (one male and one female) to the State Central Committee.

Other state organizations

Washington state has organizations such as the High School Democrats of Washington, the College Democrats of Washington, and the Young Democrats of Washington, separate from the State Central Committee.

Current elected officials

The following popularly-elected offices are held by Democrats:

U.S. Senate

Since 2001, Democrats have controlled both of Washington's seats in the Senate:

U.S. House of Representatives

Democrats control a majority; they hold seven of the state's ten seats in the House following the 2010 census:

Washington Democrats in House of Representatives
District Member Photo
1st Suzan DelBene
Suzan DelBene, official portrait, 115th Congress (cropped).jpg
2nd Rick Larsen
Rick Larsen 116th Congress official photo (cropped).jpg
6th Derek Kilmer
Derek Kilmer 113th Congress (cropped).jpg
7th Pramila Jayapal
Pramila Jayapal, official portrait, 116th Congress (cropped).jpg
8th Kim Schrier
Kim Schrier, official portrait, 116th Congress (cropped).jpg
9th Adam Smith
Adam Smith official photo (cropped).jpg
10th Marilyn Strickland
Marilyn Strickland 117th U.S Congress (cropped).jpg

Statewide officeholders

Democrats hold all nine of Washington's constitutional offices.[a][2]

Legislative leadership

Election results

Presidential

Washington Democratic Party presidential election results
Election Presidential Ticket Votes Vote % Electoral votes Result
1892 Grover Cleveland/Adlai E. Stevenson 29,802 33.88%
0 / 4
Won
1896 William Jennings Bryan/Arthur Sewall 53,314 56.97%
4 / 4
Lost
1900 William Jennings Bryan/Adlai E. Stevenson 44,833 41.70%
0 / 4
Lost
1904 Alton B. Parker/Henry G. Davis 28,098 19.36%
0 / 5
Lost
1908 William Jennings Bryan/John W. Kern 58,691 31.92%
0 / 5
Lost
1912 Woodrow Wilson/Thomas R. Marshall 86,840 26.90%
0 / 7
Won
1916 Woodrow Wilson/Thomas R. Marshall 183,388 48.13%
7 / 7
Won
1920 James M. Cox/Franklin D. Roosevelt 84,298 21.14%
0 / 7
Lost
1924 John W. Davis/Charles W. Bryan 42,842 10.16%
0 / 7
Lost
1928 Al Smith/Joseph T. Robinson 156,772 31.30%
0 / 7
Lost
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt/John N. Garner 353,260 57.46%
8 / 8
Won
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt/John N. Garner 459,579 66.38%
8 / 8
Won
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt/Henry A. Wallace 462,145 58.22%
8 / 8
Won
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt/Harry S. Truman 486,774 56.84%
8 / 8
Won
1948 Harry S. Truman/Alben W. Barkley 476,165 52.61%
8 / 8
Won
1952 Adlai Stevenson/John Sparkman 492,845 45.69%
0 / 9
Lost
1956 Adlai Stevenson/Estes Kefauver 523,002 45.44%
0 / 9
Lost
1960 John F. Kennedy/Lyndon B. Johnson 599,298 48.27%
0 / 9
Won
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson/Hubert Humphrey 779,881 61.97%
9 / 9
Won
1968 Hubert Humphrey/Edmund Muskie 616,037 47.23%
9 / 9
Lost
1972 George McGovern/Sargent Shriver 568,334 38.64%
0 / 9
Lost
1976 Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale 717,323 46.11%
0 / 9
Won
1980 Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale 650,193 37.32%
0 / 9
Lost
1984 Walter Mondale/Geraldine Ferraro 807,352 42.86%
0 / 10
Lost
1988 Michael Dukakis/Lloyd Bentsen 933,516 50.05%
10 / 10
Lost
1992 Bill Clinton/Al Gore 993,037 43.41%
11 / 11
Won
1996 Bill Clinton/Al Gore 1,123,323 49.84%
11 / 11
Won
2000 Al Gore/Joe Lieberman 1,247,652 50.13%
11 / 11
Lost
2004 John Kerry/John Edwards 1,510,201 52.82%
11 / 11
Lost
2008 Barack Obama/Joe Biden 1,750,848 57.34%
11 / 11
Won
2012 Barack Obama/Joe Biden 1,755,396 56.16%
12 / 12
Won
2016 Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine 1,742,718 52.54%
8 / 12
Lost
2020 Joe Biden/Kamala Harris 2,369,612 57.97%
12 / 12
Won

Senatorial

Washington Democratic Party senatorial election results
Election Senatorial candidate Votes Vote % Result
1914 William W. Black 91,733 26.57% Lost Red XN
1916 George Turner 135,339 37.06% Lost Red XN
1920 George F. Cotterill 68,488 17.80% Lost Red XN
1922 Clarence Dill 130,347 44.27% Won Green tickY
1926 A. Scott Bullitt 148,783 46.51% Lost Red XN
1928 Clarence Dill 261,524 53.42% Won Green tickY
1932 Homer Bone 365,939 60.61% Won Green tickY
1934 Lewis Schwellenbach 302,606 60.93% Won Green tickY
1938 Homer Bone 371,535 62.62% Won Green tickY
1940 Monrad Wallgren 404,718 54.16% Won Green tickY
1944 Warren Magnuson 452,013 55.13% Won Green tickY
1946 Hugh Mitchell 298,683 45.23% Lost Red XN
1950 Warren Magnuson 397,719 53.40% Won Green tickY
1952 Henry M. Jackson 595,288 56.23% Won Green tickY
1956 Warren Magnuson 685,565 61.09% Won Green tickY
1958 Henry M. Jackson 597,040 67.32% Won Green tickY
1962 Warren Magnuson 491,365 52.09% Won Green tickY
1964 Henry M. Jackson 875,950 72.21% Won Green tickY
1968 Warren Magnuson 796,183 64.41% Won Green tickY
1970 Henry M. Jackson 879,385 82.43% Won Green tickY
1974 Warren Magnuson 611,811 60.70% Won Green tickY
1976 Henry M. Jackson 1,071,219 71.84% Won Green tickY
1980 Warren Magnuson 792,052 45.83% Lost Red XN
1982 Henry M. Jackson 943,665 68.96% Won Green tickY
1983 (special) Mike Lowry 540,981 44.59% Lost Red XN
1986 Brock Adams 677,471 50.66% Won Green tickY
1988 Mike Lowry 904,183 48.91% Lost Red XN
1992 Patty Murray 1,197,973 53.99% Won Green tickY
1994 Ron Sims 752,352 44.25% Lost Red XN
1998 Patty Murray 1,103,184 58.41% Won Green tickY
2000 Maria Cantwell 1,199,437 48.73% Won Green tickY
2004 Patty Murray 1,549,708 54.98% Won Green tickY
2006 Maria Cantwell 1,184,659 56.81% Won Green tickY
2010 Patty Murray 1,314,930 52.08% Won Green tickY
2012 Maria Cantwell 1,855,493 60.36% Won Green tickY
2016 Patty Murray 1,913,979 58.83% Won Green tickY
2018 Maria Cantwell 1,803,364 58.31% Won Green tickY

Gubernatorial

Washington Democratic Party gubernatorial election results
Election Gubernatorial candidate Votes Vote % Result
1889 Eugene Semple 24,732 42.32% Lost Red XN
1892 Henry J. Snively 28,960 32.20% Lost Red XN
1896 John Rankin Rogers 50,849 55.55% Won Green tickY
1900 John Rankin Rogers 52,048 48.86% Won Green tickY
1904 George Turner 59,119 40.87% Lost Red XN
1908 John Pattison 58,126 33.00% Lost Red XN
1912 Ernest Lister 97,251 30.55% Won Green tickY
1916 Ernest Lister 181,645 48.10% Won Green tickY
1920 William Wilson Black 66,079 16.39% Lost Red XN
1924 Ben F. Hill 126,447 32.40% Lost Red XN
1928 A. Scott Bullitt 214,334 42.73% Lost Red XN
1932 Clarence D. Martin 352,215 57.29% Won Green tickY
1936 Clarence D. Martin 466,550 69.36% Won Green tickY
1940 Clarence Dill 386,706 49.49% Lost Red XN
1944 Monrad Wallgren 428,834 51.51% Won Green tickY
1948 Monrad Wallgren 417,035 47.22% Lost Red XN
1952 Hugh Mitchell 510,675 47.35% Lost Red XN
1956 Albert Rosellini 616,773 54.63% Won Green tickY
1960 Albert Rosellini 611,987 50.34% Won Green tickY
1964 Albert Rosellini 548,692 43.89% Lost Red XN
1968 John J. O'Connell 560,262 44.28% Lost Red XN
1972 Albert Rosellini 630,613 42.82% Lost Red XN
1976 Dixy Lee Ray 821,797 53.14% Won Green tickY
1980 Jim McDermott 749,813 43.32% Lost Red XN
1984 Booth Gardner 1,006,993 53.31% Won Green tickY
1988 Booth Gardner 1,166,448 62.21% Won Green tickY
1992 Mike Lowry 1,184,315 52.16% Won Green tickY
1996 Gary Locke 1,296,492 57.96% Won Green tickY
2000 Gary Locke 1,441,973 58.38% Won Green tickY
2004 Christine Gregoire 1,373,361 48.87% Won Green tickY
2008 Christine Gregoire 1,598,738 53.00% Won Green tickY
2012 Jay Inslee 1,582,802 51.40% Won Green tickY
2016 Jay Inslee 1,760,520 54.25% Won Green tickY
2020 Jay Inslee 2,294,243 56.56% Won Green tickY

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is officially nonpartisan, but Superintendent Reykdal identifies with the Democratic Party.

References

  1. ^ "Contact Us." Washington State Democratic Party. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  2. ^ "Elected Officials". wa-democrats.org. 13 June 2014.