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Florida Democratic Party
Senate leader "Oscar Braynon
House leader "Janet Cruz
Founded 1834 (1834)
Headquarters 214 S. Bronough Street, "Tallahassee
"Ideology Majority:
"Modern liberalism
"Social liberalism
"Social democracy
National affiliation "Democratic Party
Colors           "Azure, "green
Seats in the Upper House
16 / 40
Seats in the Lower House
40 / 120

The Florida Democratic Party (FDP) is the affiliate branch of the "United States Democratic Party in the State of "Florida.



The Florida Democratic Party has historically dominated Florida's state and local politics. Florida's Governor's Mansion was closed to Republicans from 1877 until 1967, when "Claude R. Kirk, a Republican from "Jacksonville, was sworn-in as "Governor of Florida.

Florida politics was largely dominated by the Democrats until Nixon's "southern strategy, which took advantage of white objections to the advances of the "Civil Rights Movement which resulted in a regional political "realignment for the south. After Nixon's victory in 1968, the state voted Democratic in only four Presidential elections: 1976 ("Jimmy Carter), 1996 ("Bill Clinton), 2008, and 2012 ("Barack Obama). The presidential election in 2000 was decided by a margin of 537 votes out of approximately 6 million cast, earning "George W. Bush the presidency over "Al Gore.

The "Florida Senate was dominated by Democrats until 1992, when a majority of Republicans was elected. The Florida House of Representatives turned Republican after the November 1996 election. Since then, the number of Democrats in both chambers have continued to drop. The Florida Legislature became the first legislature in any of the states of the former confederacy to come under complete Republican control when the Republicans gained control of the House and Senate in the 1996 election. However, in the 2006 election the Democrats actually gained seats in the State House, the first instance of this occurring since the early 1980s.

In the "2006 election, the Democratic nominee for governor was U.S. Representative "Jim Davis from "Tampa, Florida. He lost the election to Florida Attorney General "Charlie Crist.

The most Democratic region of the state is "South Florida, which contains the large cities of "Miami, "Fort Lauderdale, and "West Palm Beach. The Tampa Bay region is also relatively Democratic, although it has become much more competitive in recent electoral cycles. "Leon County, which contains the state capitol of "Tallahassee and "Florida State University, and "Alachua County, home to the city of "Gainesville and the "University of Florida, are also strong Democratic areas. North Florida and the panhandle are also very Democratic on the local level, although those two regions are solid Republican strongholds in presidential elections.

Florida Democrats demanded, on March 13, 2008, a new primary vote, and state party officials have a proposal for recouping the 210 delegates the Sunshine State lost when it moved its primary ahead of the approved time frame.[1] After weeks of negotiations, the Florida Democratic Party said March 17, 2008 it would not hold "a second primary in the state.[2]

The current chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party is Judy Mount, who is serving on an interim basis after succeeding Stephen Bittel on January 26, 2013.[3]

The Florida Democratic Party under recent state chairs[edit]

Scott Maddox[edit]

Scott Maddox, the former mayor of "Tallahassee, Florida, served as FDP Chair from 2003 to 2006, leaving the post to run for governor. The Associated Press noted that while Democrats suffered electoral defeats during his tenure, party activists "recogniz[ed] he had built up the party's infrastructure and volunteer base."[4]

Karen Thurman[edit]

"Karen Thurman, a former 5-term members of Congress from Florida's 5th District, served from 2005 to 2010. In 2005 Thurman was elected Chairman of the Florida Democratic Party (FDP), succeeding Chairman Scott Maddox, who resigned in order to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Thurman resigned on November 12, 2010 following the midterm elections.[5]

Rod Smith[edit]

In November 2010, Rod Smith was elected Chairman of the Florida Democratic Party (FDP), succeeding Karen Thurman who resigned on November 12, 2010 following the midterm elections.[6] Smith, a former Alachua County State Prosecutor and State Senator from the 14th district, became chair following his unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor in 2010.[7] Smith's term expired in January 2013, when he was succeeded by Allison Tant.[8]

Allison Tant[edit]

In December 2013, former lobbyist, philanthropist, and Democratic fundraiser[9] Allison Tant announced she would seek the chairmanship of the Florida Democratic Party.[10] She was elected in January, 2014, after a closely contested race against Hillsborough State Committeeman Alan Clendenin.[8]

After large national losses in 2014, "Debbie Wasserman Schultz commissioned the Victory Task Force to "take a deep dive" to figure out what went wrong in 2014.[11] Similarly, Chair Tant created the state-level LEAD Task Force, to learn the lessons of the statewide Democratic defeat.[11]

Stephen Bittel[edit]

Stephen Bittel is still an active Democrat in the state and has been the founder of Terranova since 1980[12]. He was chosen primarily for his fundraising ability after the 2016 election, but many critics noted his ability to curry influence with his immense wealth.[13] In November 2017, Stephen Bittel was accused of inappropriate office behavior and subsequently left his role.

Terrie Rizzo[edit]

In December 2017, Terrie Rizzo was elected to replace Stephen Bittel, defeating Stacey Patel in an 830-291 vote.[14] [15]

Current federal Democratic officeholders[edit]

United States Senate[edit]

Photo U.S. Senators
""Bill Nelson.jpg "Bill Nelson, Senior Member of the "United States Senate from the state of Florida.

United States House of Representatives[edit]

Photo U.S. Representatives
""Al Lawson 115th Congress photo (cropped).jpg "Al Lawson, "5th District- Jacksonville, Tallahassee
""Stephanie Murphy official photo.jpg "Stephanie Murphy, "7th District- Winter Park, St. Augustine
""Darren Soto 115th Congress photo.jpg "Darren Soto, "9th District- Orlando, Kissimmee, St. Cloud.
""US Rep Val Demings.jpg "Val Demings, "10th District- Orlando, Ocoee, Winter Garden
""Charlie Crist 115th Congress photo.jpg "Charlie Crist, "13th District- St. Petersburg, Dunedin
""Kathy Castor, official 110th Congress photo.jpg "Kathy Castor, "14th District- Tampa, St. Petersburg.
""Alcee Hastings Portrait c111-112th Congress.jpg "Alcee Hastings, "20th District- West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, Delray Beach.
""TedDeutsch2016.jpg "Ted Deutch, "21st District- Greenacres, Coral Springs.
""Lois Frankel, Official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg "Lois Frankel, "22nd District- Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton.
""Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.jpg "Debbie Wasserman Schultz, "23rd District- Miami, Pompano Beach, Weston.
""Frederica Wilson official House portrait.jpg "Frederica Wilson, "24th District- North Miami, Miramar.

Former Florida Governors and U.S. Senators[edit]


Photo Former Governors of Florida
""Buddymackay.JPG "Buddy MacKay
""SenatorChiles.jpg "Lawton Chiles
""John Wayne Mixson.jpg "Wayne Mixson
""Bob Graham, official Senate photo portrait, color.jpg "Bob Graham
""Florida Governor Reubin Askew.jpg "Reubin Askew
""42 Burns.jpg "W. Haydon Burns
""Cecil Bryant.jpg "C. Farris Bryant
""LeRoy Collins.jpg "LeRoy Collins
""Daniel Thomas McCarty (1912–1953).jpg "Daniel McCarty
""37 Warren.jpg "Fuller Warren
""Millard F. Caldwell.jpg "Miller Caldwell
""Spessard Holland.JPG "Spessard Holland
""Florida Governor Frederick Cone.jpg "Fred Cone
""33 Sholtz.jpg "David Sholtz
""Doyle E. Carlton.jpg "Doyle Carlton
""Florida Governor John Martin.jpg "John Martin
""Cary Hardee portrait.jpg "Cary Hardee
""Park Trammell.jpg "Park Trammell
""Florida Governor Albert W. Gilchrist.jpg "Albert Gilchrist
""Napoleon Bonaparte Broward.jpg "Napoleon Broward
""William Sherman Jennings.jpg "William Jennings
""Florida Governor William Bloxham.jpg "William Bloxham
""Henry L Mitchell.jpg "Henry Mitchell
""FPFleming.jpg "Francis Fleming
""Florida Governor Edward A. Perry.jpg "Edward Perry
""Florida Governor William Bloxham.jpg "William Bloxham
""Florida Governor George Franklin Drew.jpg "George Drew
""Florida Governor Abraham K. Allison.jpg "Abraham Allison
""John Milton Florida.jpg "John Milton
""Florida Governor Madison S. Perry.jpg "Madison Perry
""Florida Governor James E. Broome.jpg "James Broome
""Wiliam Dunn Moseley gv000500.jpg "William Moseley

United States Senators[edit]

Photo Former U.S. Senators from Florida
""Bob Graham, official Senate photo portrait, color.jpg "Bob Graham
""Lawton Chiles Governor portrait.jpg "Lawton Chiles
""Richardbernardstone.jpg "Richard Stone
""George smathers.jpg "George Smathers
""Sen Spessard Holland.jpg "Spessard Holland
""Charlesoscarandrews.jpg "Charles Andrews
""Scottloftin.jpg "Scott Loftin
""Claude Denson Pepper.jpg "Claude Pepper
""Williamlutherhill.jpg "William Luther Hill
""Park Trammell.jpg "Park Trammell
""Nathanpbryan.jpg "Nathan Bryan
""JamesPTaliaferro.jpg "James Taliaferro
""Duncanupshawfletcher.jpg "Duncan Fletcher
""Williamhallmilton.jpg "William Milton
""Williamjamesbryan.jpg "William James Bryan
""SamuelPasco.jpg "Samuel Pasco
""Charles W. Jones - Brady-Handy.jpg "Charles Jones
""SRMalloryII.jpg "Stephen Mallory II
""Wilkinson Call - Brady-Handy.jpg "Wilkinson Call
""Hon. John A. Gurley, Ohio - NARA - 528705.jpg "Stephen Mallory
"James Westcott
""David Levy Yulee - Brady-Handy.jpg "David Levy Yulee

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Florida Dems devise plan for new primary - CNN.com". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  2. ^ "No new primary for Florida Democrats - CNN.com". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Florida Democrats Elect Allison Tant to Lead Party". Florida Democratic Party. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Jacksonville.com: Maddox to step down as Florida Democratic Party chair 3/16/05". jacksonville.com. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Karen Thurman retires as Florida Democratic chairwoman". tribunedigital-sunsentinel. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  6. ^ "Florida Democratic Chair Karen Thurman's resignation letter". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Local attorney Rod Smith elected to head state Democratic Party". Gainesville.com. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  8. ^ a b "Allison Tant elected chairwoman of Florida Democratic Party". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  9. ^ "Power Couples - Tallahassee Magazine - March-April 2012". www.tallahasseemagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  10. ^ "Former lobbyist Allison Tant joins race to lead Florida Democratic Party". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  11. ^ a b Sun-Sentinel, South Florida. "Democrats seek fixes for voter disapproval". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  12. ^ http://terranovacorp.com/.  Missing or empty |title= ("help)
  13. ^ "Wealthy Donor Redefines Pay-to-Play, Buys Himself Top Dem Position". observer. Retrieved 2018-03-21. 
  14. ^ Cite web|url=http://www.floridadems.org/our-party/our-leadership
  15. ^ Cite web|url=https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/12/09/rizzo-elected-as-next-florida-democratic-party-chair-140224

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