Democratic Party of the State of Mississippi

Democratic Party of the State of Mississippi
Chairman Jamie Franks of Lee County
Headquarters 832 North Congress Street, Jackson, Mississippi
Ideology

Centrism, American Conservatism, Populism,

Modern American Liberalism
Political position Centrist
National affiliation Democratic Party
Official colors Yellow (representing the state's many "Yellow Dog Democrats"), Blue
Seats in the US Senate
0 / 2
Seats in the US House
1 / 4
Website
http://www.mississippidemocrats.org/

The Democratic Party of the State of Mississippi is the local branch of the United States Democratic Party in the state of Mississippi. Its headquarters is located in Jackson which is also the state capitol.

The party has members in all eighty-two counties of the state - each county having an executive committee and officers. The state executive committee is elected by congressional districts - twenty from each district.

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History

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Established in April 1964, this branch of the Democratic Party in Mississippi aimed to challenge discrimination based on race in the electoral process. It consisted of mainly disenfranchised African-Americans, although its membership was open to all Mississippians. [1] In August of the same year, a bus of delegates arrived at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City with the intention of asking to be seated as the Mississippi delegation[2] The party was formed out of collaborative efforts from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)[3].

Party leadership

A new state executive committee was elected in 2008 at the four Congressional District Conventions and the State Democratic Convention. A new set of party officers was later elected at the first meeting of this Executive Committee.

The officers of the Executive Committee are Jamie Franks of Tupelo (Chairman), Barbara Blackmon of Madison (Vice Chairwoman), Claude McInnis of Jackson (Executive Vice Chairman), Mona Pittman of Batesville (Secretary), Derek McCoy of Tupelo (Treasurer), and state Rep. Earle S. Banks of Jackson (Parliamentarian).

Past Party chairpersons have included former Congressman Wayne Dowdy of McComb, Rickey Cole of Ovette, Jon Levingston of Clarksdale and Johnnie Walls of Greenwood.

Mississippi has two representatives to the Democratic National Committee: Everett Sanders of Natchez and Johnnie Patton of Jackson. These positions, unlike the officers, are elected every four years at the State Democratic Convention. Both of these DNC members are serving their second four-year terms.

The executive director of the party is Rickey Lynn Cole. Past executive directors have included Sam R. Hall, Travis Brock, Rosalind Rawls, Keelan Sanders, Amy Harris, Morgan Shands, and Alice Skelton.

Auxiliary organizations

The party has several auxiliary organizations, including the Mississippi Federation of Democratic Women and the Young Democrats of Mississippi. The president of the Mississippi Federation of Democratic Women is Mary Katherine Brown of Warren County, and the president of the Young Democrats of Mississippi is Kate Jacobson of Jackson.

The state's older citizens are being organized to form the Senior Democrats of Mississippi.

The party is partly supported by the "Yellow Dog Democrats," who contribute to the party on a yearly or monthly basis.

Current Democratic officeholders

The Mississippi Democratic Party holds one of the eight statewide offices and holds a majority in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Democrats also hold one of the state's four U.S. House seats.

Member of Congress

U.S. House of Representatives

Statewide office

State legislative office

  • Democrats currently hold 67 seats and held 68 before a party switch in the Mississippi House of Representatives and 24 seats in the Mississippi Senate. Please see the Mississippi Democratic Party website for information on each legislator. [4]

Changing face of the DP in Mississippi

With the February 2009 defection of Billy Nicholson, the majority of the Democratic Party members of the Mississippi House of Representatives, for the first time in Mississippi history, are African-Americans.

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