Nebraska Democratic Party
|Nebraska Democratic Party|
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The Nebraska Democratic Party (NDP) is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the state of Nebraska. As of 2015, the party holds none of Nebraska's statewide offices and one of the state's Congressional seats.
Democrats dominated Nebraska until 1860. In 1890, Democrat William Jennings Bryan ran for President three times but lost every time. The state has elected more Democrats to the governor seat and into Congress.
Nebraska passed a referendum in 1937 and it is the country's only unicameral legislature known as the Nebraska Unicameral. It is a nonpartisan single-house system.
Nevertheless, despite the lack of party registration, party primaries or party-based caucasing, senators in the legislature are informally affiliated with political parties in the state by party endorsements and campaign support. In the 2012 election, it was estimated that 17 senators were Democratic affiliates.
Historically prominent Nebraska Democrats
- William Jennings Bryan, Congressman, Secretary of State, three time Presidential nominee
- J. Sterling Morton, Secretary of Agriculture and founder of Arbor Day
- Frank B. Morrison, Governor
- Edward Zorinsky, U.S. Senator
- J. James Exon, Governor and Senator
- Bob Kerrey, Governor and Senator
- Ben Nelson, Governor and Senator
Current elected officials
The Nebraska Democratic Party holds none of the state's six statewide offices, one of the state's U.S. House seats, and neither of the state's U.S. Senate seats.
Members of Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
- Vince Powers, State Chair
- Maureen Monahan, 1st Associate Chair
- Dennis Crawford, 2nd Associate Chair
- Patty Zieg, National Committeewoman
- Ron Kaminski, National Committeeman
- Nebraska, History.com, http://www.history.com/topics/nebraska/page3, retrieved 14 December 2011
- Your State Executive Committee,Nebraska Democratic Party, http://www.nebraskademocrats.org/about/leadership/your-state-executive-committee, retrieved 14 December 2011
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