North Carolina Democratic Party

North Carolina Democratic Party
Chairman David Parker
Senate leader Martin Nesbitt, Jr.
House leader Joe Hackney
Headquarters 220 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
National affiliation Democratic Party
Seats in the Upper House
19 / 50
Seats in the Lower House
52 / 120
Politics of the United States
Political parties

The North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) is the North Carolina affiliate of the national Democratic Party in the United States. It is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. They are located in the historic Goodwin house which is located in the downtown area of Raleigh at 220 Hillsborough Street. [1].



The second party system emerged from a divide in the Democratic-Republican party in 1828. They split off into two groups, the Democrats, which were led by Andrew Jackson, and Whigs. In North Carolina, people from the west and northeast supported the Whigs mainly because they wanted education and internal improvements to help with the economoy. On the other end was mainly people from the west, who were mostly wealthy planters who did not believe that any help was needed. During this time the Democrats slowly came to support many of the Whig policies on internal improvements. For the first time in history voters were splitting off into one of the two parties. In 1850 the Whigs were split by the issue of slavery. Former Confederates and Whigs eventually formed the Conservative Party and opposed the reconstruction policies enacted by the U.S. Congress following the Civil War. [2] The Conservatives later changed their name to the Democratic Party, and by 1860, the two main parties were the Democrats and the Republicans (GOP).[3].

During the last half century, North Carolina's politics have tended to be very conservative, but that doesn't mean that the state's Democrats haven't had electoral success. For example, Jesse Helms served as U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 1973-2003 [4] and was one of the most conservative Republicans during that time. In addition, from 1980-2004, the GOP nominee for President never lost North Carolina. However, John Edwards, the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004, was elected to the Senate from North Carolina in 1999. And the popular conservative Elizabeth Dole, the wife of Republican Senator and Presidential candidate Bob Dole--and a one-time presidential candidate herself, was defeated for reelection in 2008 by Kay Hagan (D). This was the same year that Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D) carried the state in his victory over Republican John McCain, albeit by a slim margin of less than one half of a percentage point.[5]

Recent electoral results


North Carolina Democrats scored impressive victories in the 2006 general elections, increasing their majorities in both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly and defeating incumbent Republican Congressman Charles Taylor. In addition, most candidates backed by Democrats in the non-partisan races for the North Carolina Supreme Court and the North Carolina Court of Appeals were elected. These victories came despite controversies surrounding Jim Black, a Democrat and former Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. The State Board of Elections ruled that Black's campaign illegally accepted corporate contributions and checks with the payee line left blank. He pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge, after denying charges through the November 2006 election. He won re-election by just seven votes in a heavily Democratic district, but resigned from office in 2007.[6][7]


In 2008, the North Carolina Democratic Party once again earned major victories in state and federal elections. For the first time since 1976, the Democratic nominee carried North Carolina in the presidential election. Meanwhile, Kay Hagan was elected to the U.S. Senate over incumbent Elizabeth Dole, and Beverly Perdue was elected governor to succeed fellow Democrat Mike Easley.


In 2010, however, Republicans swept North Carolina, taking control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time since 1896, reelecting Richard Burr to a second term by double digits, and unseating incumbent Democratic Rep. Bob Etheridge.

NCDP organizations

  • North Carolina Democratic Women
  • Young Democrats of North Carolina
  • College Democrats of North Carolina
  • NC Senior Democrats
  • NC Teen Democrats
  • African American Caucus of the NC Democratic Party
  • Hispanic American Democrats of North Carolina



The state party chair is David Parker, who was elected in 2011.[9] The chair is elected by and leads the state Executive Committee, a body of more than 700 Democratic Party leaders and activists from all 100 counties, which governs the party.[10] Gwen Wilkins is the first vice chair, Doug Wilson is the second vice chair, Tony Mcewen is the third vice chair and Melvin Williams is the secretary.[11]

Members of the State House

House of Representatives Chamber in North Carolina.

There are fifty two North Carolina Democratic house members. They are listed below. [12]

Representative District Representative District
Alma Adams 58th Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. 107th
Mary B. Alexander 106th Larry M. Bell 21st
Alice L. Bordsen 63rd Marcus Brandon 60th
William D. Brisson 22nd Angela R. Bryant 7th
Becky Carney 102nd Tricia Ann Cotham 100th
James W. Crawford, Jr. 32nd Beverly M. Earle 101st
Bill Faison 50th Jean Farmer-Butterfield 24th
Susan C. Fisher 114th Elmer Floyd 43rd
Rosa U. Gill 33rd Rick Glazier 45th
Ken Goodman 66th Charles Graham 47th
Joe Hackney 54th R. Phillip Haire 119th
Larry D. Hall 29th Susi H. Hamilton 18th
Pricey Harrison 57th Dewey L. Hill 20th
Verla Insko 56th Darren G. Jackson 39th
Maggie Jeffus 59th Patsy Keever 115th
Marvin W. Lucas 42nd Paul Luebke 30th
Grier Martin 34th Frank McGuirt 69th
Marian N. McLawhorn 9th Henry M. Michaux, Jr. 31st
Annie W. Mobley 5th Rodney M. Moore 99th
Bill Owens 1st Diane Parfitt 44th
Earline W. Parmon 72nd Garland E. Pierce 48th
Ray Rapp 118th Deborah K. Ross 38th
Timothy L. Spear 2nd Joe P. Toison 23rd
William L. Wainwright 12th Edith D. Warren 8th
Jennifer Weiss 35th W.A. (Winkie) Wilkins 55th
Larry Womble 71st Michael H. Wray 27th

Members of the State Senate

Senate Chamber of North Carolina.

There are nineteen North Carolina Democratic Senators. They are listed below. [13]

Senator District Senator District
Bob Atwater 18th Doug Berger 7th
Dan Blue 14th Daniel G. Clodfelter 37th
Charlie Smith Dannelly 38th Linda Garrou 32nd
Malcolm Graham 40th Clark Jenkins 3rd
Ed Jones 4th Eleanor Kinnaird 23rd
Eric Mansfield 21st Floyd B. McKissick, Jr. 20th
Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. 49th William R. Purcell 25th
Gladys A. Robinson 28th Josh Stein 16th
Don Vaughan 27th Michael P. Walters 13th
Stan White 1st

Current elected officials

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

Kay Hagan U.S. Senate.

U.S. House of Representatives

Statewide offices

State Legislature


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