New Democrat Coalition

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New Democrat Coalition
Chairman Ron Kind
Founded 1997
Ideology Centrism[1][2][3]
Third Way[4]
Fiscal conservatism[5]
Cultural liberalism[6]
Political position Center[7][8][9] to Center-left[10]
National affiliation Democratic Party
International affiliation Alliance of Democrats (until 2012)
Colors Blue
Seats in the House
46 / 435
Politics of United States
Political parties

The New Democrat Coalition is a Congressional Member Organization within the United States Congress made up of Democrats who support an agenda that the organization describes as moderate and pro-growth. A November 2012 press release described the organization as "Congress' largest coalition of moderates heading into the 113th Congress," and announced the election of Representative Ron Kind as the Coalition's Chair. As of January 2015, there were 46 members in the House of Representatives.[11]


The New Democrat Coalition was founded in 1997 by Representatives Cal Dooley (California), Jim Moran (Virginia) and Timothy J. Roemer (Indiana) as a congressional affiliate of the avowedly centrist Democratic Leadership Council, whose members, including former President Bill Clinton, call themselves "New Democrats." In November 2012, the New Democrat Coalition announced the election of its new leadership team. New Dems elected Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) as the Chair and re-elected Reps. Jim Himes (CT-04), Rick Larsen (WA-02), and Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) as Vice Chairs and added Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) as a Vice Chair.[12]

The Senate New Democrat Coalition was founded in the spring of 2000 by Senators Evan Bayh (Indiana), Bob Graham (Florida), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana), Joe Lieberman (Connecticut), and Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas).[13]

The NDC has worked to craft and pass legislation, including Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for the People's Republic of China, fast track Trade Promotion Authority, digital signatures, and H-1B visa reform and continues to work on matters such as privacy, broadband, expanding e-learning opportunities and making government more accessible and efficient through the use of technology. Many[who?] in the Democratic Party's left-wing criticize the group, however, accusing it of ignoring social justice and the poor.[citation needed]

Prior to the 113th Congress, the New Democrat Coalition had seven task forces: Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing; Education; Energy; Financial Services; Health Care; Innovation, Competitiveness and Tax Reform; and Trade.[14] Due to the pressing issues our country faces, the task forces for the 113th Congress changed to: Energy chaired by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Rush Holt (NJ-12),Financial Services and Retirement Security chaired by Rep. Gary Peters (MI-14), Rep. John Carney (DE-At Large), and Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Health chaired by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA-13), Bill Owens (NY-21),and Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), National Security chaired by Jim Moran (VA-08), Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1), and Rep. Ron Barber (AZ-2),Tax Reform and Fiscal Responsibility chaired by Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4), Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5), and Terri Sewell (AL-07),Tech, Education, and Entrepreneurship chaired by Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53), and Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), and finally, Trade, Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing chaired by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Cedric Richmond (LA-02).

Electoral results

House of Representatives

Election year # of overall seats won +/-
74 / 435
73 / 435
74 / 435
63 / 435
59 / 435
42 / 435
53 / 435
46 / 435

Political donations

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the top contributors to the New Democrat Coalition caucus members are the finance, insurance and real estate industries.[15] The Center also reported that the New Democrat Coalition receives a considerable amount of cash from the financial sector and since 1989 members of the New Democrat Coalition have collected $50 million from the finance, insurance and real estate sector.[16]

New Democrat Coalition members (House)

Map of caucus members during the 114th Congress
Map of caucus members during the 113th Congress
Map of caucus members during the 112th Congress

In the 114th Congress, the following 46 members of the House of Representatives currently belong to the New Democrat Coalition:[11]















New Hampshire

New York


Puerto Rico






  • Ron Kind (WI-3), Chair, charter member

Former members

Former Representatives

Members who have left Congress:

Disaffiliated members

Former members who remain in Congress, but who are no longer affiliated with the NDC:

Former Senate New Democrat Coalition

Former senators

The following Senators previously belonged to the defunct Senate New Democrat Coalition.[18][19][20]

See also


  4. What Third Way? retrieved Oct 27, 2014
  6. Eleanor Clift & Matthew Spieler, Selecting a President
  10. Kim, Sueng Min (March 24, 2014). "House Democrats press for immigration vote". Politico. Retrieved July 23, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Membership | New Democrat Coalition". Retrieved 2014-04-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. New Democrat Coalition: More than One Fourth of the Democratic Caucus
  13. About the Senate New Democrat Coalition (DLC)
  14. "About Us". U.S. Congress. Joseph Crowley. Retrieved 31 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Schmidt, Robert (September 30, 2009). "Pro-Business 'New Democrats' Try to Shape Financial Regulations". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 6, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Mayer, Lindsay (November 17, 2009). "Blue Dogs and New Democrats Find Friends on Wall Street". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved January 6, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. NDN: Senate New Democrat Coalition Members (August 2000)
  19. NDN: Senate New Democrat Coalition Members (July 2001)
  20. NDN: Senate New Democrat Coalition Members (August 2002)
  21. Harwood, John (July 16, 2001), "Democratic Centrists Declare Cease-Fire with Liberals to Establish United Front", Wall Street Journal<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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