Nevada Democratic Party

Nevada Democratic Party
Chairman Roberta Lange
Senate leader Steven Horsford
Assembly leader John Oceguera

1210 S. Valley View Road, Suite 114

Las Vegas, NV 89102
Ideology American Liberalism
National affiliation Democratic Party
Official colors Blue
Seats in the Upper House
11 / 21
Seats in the Lower House
26 / 42
Politics of the United States
Political parties

The Nevada Democratic Party is the state affiliate of the United States Democratic Party in Nevada. Its chair is Roberta Lange, and its Executive Director is Zach Zaragoza [1].



The state of Nevada has had many political parties over the years. The total number of political parties that Nevada has had is 22. Only six of these parties lasted up until the 2004 elections. These six parties are the Democrat, Republican, Independent American, Green, Natural Law and Libertarian. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party remain as the top two in the state.

With the help of Abraham Lincoln in 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in America. Lincoln’s Republican influence was considerable among the Nevada state citizens during his presidency. The first two general elections in Nevada, held in 1864 and 1867, were dominated by the Republican Party.

In 1871 the Democratic Party started to gain momentum and won four of the six constitutional offices. The offices won by the Democrats were governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer and attorney general.

Towards the beginning of the 1900s, a political party was formed that brought many Republicans and Democrats together from the western states. This political party was known as the Silver Party because of the federal government’s shortage of silver coins in 1873. The Silver party played a prominent role in Nevada’s politics in the 1894 and 1898 elections.

The Silver Party later formed the Silver Democratic Party. The Silver Democratic Party was prominent in Nevada until the election of 1906. After the election of 1906, the Democratic and Republican parties became the two primary parties in Nevada.

During the Great Depression of 1929, the two primary parties split many constitutional and federal offices. After the Great Depression, the citizens of Nevada preferred the Democratic Party over the Republican Party. Democrats were well received by Nevada and won most of the statewide and federal races from 1932 until 1995.


The symbol of the Democratic Party is the donkey. The animal became associated with the party in 1928 during Andrew Jackson's presidential campaign. Jackson was nicknamed a jackass by his opponents. He then decided that the image of a donkey would be a good symbol for his campaign posters, as it represented an animal that was strong-willed. Thomas Nast used the donkey as a Democratic symbol in newspaper cartoons and from then on the donkey was the symbol for the Democratic Party.

Convention platform [3]

The current platform for the Nevada Democratic Party was ratified in 2010. The topics that are covered are standard to the Democratic Party. Armed service/veterans, civil rights, education, elections and government, environment and energy, foreign policy, jobs and the economy and working Nevadans are the areas that are discussed.

Current Democratic officeholders

The Nevada Democratic Party controls four of the state's six statewide offices, a majority in the Nevada Senate and a majority in the Nevada Assembly. Democrats also hold one of the state's U.S. Senate seats and one of the state's three U.S. House seats.

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate
Harry Reid- United States Senator from Nevada
U.S. House of Representatives

Statewide offices

Executive Board[4]

  • Chair: Roberta Lange
  • 1st Vice-Chair: James Brown
  • 2nd Vice-Chair: Theresa Navarro
  • Secretary: Marla Turner
  • Treasurer: Jan Churchill

Nevada Democratic National Committee Members[5]

  • Senator Steven Horsford
  • Executive Director of Emerge Nevada Erin Bilbray-Kohn
  • President of the Ramirez Group Andres Ramirez

County chairs (ex officio)[6]

Controversy[7] [8]

The Nevada Democratic Party was sued by Righthaven LLC for copyright infringement on July 9, 2010. The allegations were that the Nevada Democratic Party had posted stories from the Las Vegas Review-Journal on the party’s website without permission. Righthaven LLC is a partner of the Review-Journal that sues website owners that post unauthorized stories from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Righthaven LLC wanted between $75,000 and $150,000 in damages and an order for the Democrat’s to stop infringing on the copyright. On September 14, 2010 the two parties reached a settlement.


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External links

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