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Arizona Democratic Party
Adp logo 8.7.07.jpg
Party Chairman Don Bivens
Party Treasurer Rick McGuire
Senate Leader Jorge Luis Garcia
House Leader David Lujan
Political ideology American Liberalism
National affiliation Democratic Party
Color(s) Blue
Web Site

The Arizona Democratic Party is an Arizonan political party affiliated with the United States Democratic Party.


Party organization

The Arizona Democratic Party is organized into three parts, the state committee, the executive committee, and the executive board.


State Committee

The state committee is composed of “the chairperson of each county committee of the Democratic Party of Arizona, plus one (1) member of the county committee for every three (3) members of the county committee elected pursuant to statute.”(ADPByLaws Art. II Sec. 1)[1] The state committee meets biennially. A state committee member has four duties:

a) Canvass and campaign only on behalf of Democratic candidates. b) Assist in registration programs and in turning out a maximum Democratic vote. c) Support the permanent State Party organization as well as their County and District Party committees. d) Encourage financial support of the State Democratic Party, their County Committees and their districts. (ADP ByLaws Art.II Sec. 3) [1]

The state committee has many officers including: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, First Vice-Chair (who is required to be a different gender and county residence than the chair), three Vice-Chairwomen, three Vice Chairmen, Educational Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Moderator.

Executive Committee

The executive committee meets quarterly. The executive committee consists of, “the County Chairperson and the first and second County Vice-Chairpersons from each county; the State Committee-elected National Committeemen, the State Committee-elected National Committeewomen; three (3) members-at-large from each Congressional District; the President or a representative of the President of the Young Democrats of Arizona; the President or representative of the President of the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women’s Clubs; and the other State Officers as listed in Article III of these bylaws. The Chair of the State Committee shall serve as Chair of the Executive Committee” (ADP Bylaws Art.IV Sec.1) [1]. The executive committee has several duties. “The Executive Committee shall approve the budget and amendments to the budget, approve specific contracts extending beyond the Chair’s term, act as the final board of arbitrators for State Committeepersons seeking reinstatement after removal, and perform such duties as assigned by the State Chair” (ADP Bylaws Art. IV Sec.3). [1]

Executive Board

The executive board duties are assigned by the chair. It also, “acts on behalf on the state committee between State Committee meetings” (ADP Bylaws Art.V Sec.2). [1] The executive board meets at least quarterly. Members of the executive board are, “State Chair, First Vice-Chair, Senior Vice-Chair, Vice-Chairwomen, Vice-Chairmen, Secretary, Treasurer, Educational Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Moderator, the State Committee-elected National Committeemen and the State Committee-elected National Committeewomen” (ADP Bylaws Art.V Sec. 1). [1]

National role

The Arizona Democratic Party has a role with in the National Democratic Party. The State Committee selects candidates to become Presidential electors. These candidates pledge to vote for the National Democratic Convention’s Presidential and Vice Presidential nominee. (ADP Bylaws Art.VII) [1] Additionally, the Chair and First Vice-Chair serve on Democratic National Committee. (ADP Bylaws Art X Sec. 1) [1] The State committee also elects the National Committee Members which represent Arizona. (ADP Bylaws Art. X sec 2) [1] These members serve a term of four years and must have previously been an elected precinct committee person. (ADP Bylaws Art. X sec 2) [1] National Committee members are to be as evenly split between male and female as possible. (ADP Bylaws Art. X sec 2) [1]

Current federal officials

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1st district), Congressman Ed Pastor (AZ-4th district), Congressman Harry Mitchell (AZ-5th district), Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ-7th district), Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8th district)

Current state officials


Attorney General Terry Goddard, Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman

State Senate

The Democratic Party is the minority party in the Arizona State Senate, holding 12 of the 30 seats.

Sen. Paula Aboud (LD-28) Sen. Amanda Aguirre (LD-24) Sen. Manuel V. "Manny" Alvarez (LD-24) Sen. Meg Burton Cahill (LD-17) Sen. Ken Cheuvront (LD-15) Minority Leader Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia (LD-27) Sen. Albert Hale (LD-2) Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor (LD-16) Minority Whip Sen. Linda Lopez (LD-29) Sen. Debbie McCune-Davis (LD-14) Sen. Richard Miranda (LD-13) Asst. Minority Leader Sen. Rebeca Rios (LD-23)

State House

The Arizona Democratic Party is the minority party in the State House of Representative holding 25 of the 60 seats.

Rep. Tom Chabin (LD-2) Rep. Christopher Deschene (LD-2) Rep. Jack A. Brown (LD-5) Rep. Eric Meyer (LD-11) Rep. Anna Tovar (LD-13) Rep. Martha Garcia (LD-13) Rep. Robert Meza (LD-14) Minority Whip Rep. Chad Campbell (LD-14) Minority Leader Rep. David Lujan (LD-15) Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (LD-15) Rep. Cloves C. Campbell, Jr. (LD-16) Rep. Ben R. Miranda (LD-16) Rep. Edward Ableser (LD-17) Rep. David Schapira (LD-17) Rep. Rae Waters (LD-20) Rep. Barbara McGuire (LD-23) Rep. Lynne Pancrazi (LD-24) Rep. Patricia Fleming (LD-25) Rep. Nancy Young-Wright (LD-26) Rep. Olivia Cajero Bedford (LD-27) Rep. Phil Lopes (LD-27) Rep. David T. Bradley (LD-28) Rep. Steve Farley (LD-28) Rep. Matt Heinz (LD-29) Rep. Daniel Patterson (LD-29)


Phoenix: Phil Gordon (elected on Non-Partisan ballot)


The Arizona Democratic Party has been functioning since territorial times. The citizens of the Arizona Territory were mostly Democrats as a reaction to the Republican governors appointed by Washington D.C. [2] When drafting a state constitution in 1910, 41 Democrats were elected as delegates to the convention [3] The convention totaled 52 delegates. [3]

Past officers

State Chairs

Vernon F. Vaughan 1923, A. A. Johns 1925, C. E. Addams 1931, Junious Gibbons 1937, E. C. Locklear 1945, Stephen W. Langmade 1948–50, J. N. Harber 1955, Joe F. Walton 1958, Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr. 1960–62, Samuel G. Coppersmith 1995–1997, Mark Fleisher 1997–2001, Jim Pederson 2001–2005, Harry Mitchell 2005–2006, David Waid 2006–2007, Don Bivens 2007–2009, Paul Eckerstrom 2009, Don Bivens 2009–present

Members of Democratic National Committee 1920–2008 W. L. Barnum 1920 Mrs. B. J. McKinney 1920 Isabella S. Greenway 1928–34 Clarence Gunter 1929 Wirt G. Bowman 1937 Mrs. Samuel White 1937 Della Tovrea Stuart 1940–56 Sam H. Morris 1943–50 R. B. Robbins 1947 Mrs. Henry S. Larson 1963 Frank S. Minarik 1963 Lorraine W. Frank 1980–2000 Jim Pederson 2001 Martin Bacal 2004 Janice Brunson 2004 Carolyn Warner 2004 Joe Rios 2004 Alexis Tameron 2004 Sue Tucker 2004 Judy Kennedy 2008 Fred DuVal 2008 [4]

Former prominent Arizona Democrats


Five out of the ten Senators that have served Arizona were democrats.

Senator Marcus A. Smith (Served:1912–1921) He served as prosecuting attorney for the Tombstone district (1882).

Senator Henry Ashurst (Served:1912–1941) He served as Speaker of the Arizona Territorial House of Representatives (1899).

Senator Carl Hayden (Served:1927–1969) He served as Maricopa County Sheriff (1907–1912), and as President Pro Tempore of the Senate. He is the longest serving Senator for Arizona.

Senator Ernest McFarland (Served:1941–1953) He served as Senate Majority Leader (1951–1953), Governor of Arizona (1955–1959), and Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court (1968–1970).

Senator Dennis DeConcini (Served:1977–1995) He served as Pima County Attorney (1973–1976). [5]


Representative John Goulder Campbell, Delegate, Served: 1879 – 1881 Representatvie Granville Henderson Oury, Delegate, Served:1881 – 1885 Representative Marcus Aurelius Smith, Delegate, Served: 1887 – 1895, 1897 – 1899, 1901 – 1903, 1905 – 1909 Representative Hiram Sanford Stevens, Delegate, Served: 1875 – 1879 Representative John Frank Wilson, Delegate, Served: 1899 – 1901,1903 – 1905 Representative Carl Hayden, 1st district, Served: 1912 – 1927 Representative Lewis W. Douglas, 1st district, Served: 1927 – 1933 Representative Isabella Selmes Greenway, 1st district, Served: 1933 – 1937 Representative John R. Murdock, 1st district, Served: 1937 – 1953 Representative Samuel G. Coppersmith, 1st district, Served: 1993 – 1995 Representative Richard F. Harless, 2nd district,Served: 1943 – 1949 Representative Harold A. Patten, 2nd district, Served: 1949 – 1955 Representative Mo Udall, 2nd district, Served: May 2, 1961 – May 4, 1991 Representative Stewart Lee Udall, 2nd district, Served: January 3, 1955 – January 18, 1961 Representative Ed Pastor, 2nd district, Served: 1991 – 2003 Representative George Frederick Senner,Jr., 3rd district,Served: 1963 – 1967 Representative Bob Stump, 3rd district, Served: 1977 – 1983 Representative James Francis McNulty, Jr., 5th district,Served: 1983 – 1985 Representative Karan English, 6th district, Served: 1993 – 1995

Territorial governors

Conrad Meyer Zulick 1885–1889 Louis Cameron Hughes 1893–1896 Charles Morelle Bruce (acting) 1896


State governors

George W.P. Hunt 1912–1919; 1923–1929; 1931–1933 Benjamin Baker Moeur 1933–1937 Rawghlie Clement Stanford 1937–1939 Robert Taylor Jones 1939–1941 Sidney Preston Osborn 1941–1948 Daniel Edward Garvey 1948–1951 Ernest William McFarland 1955–1959 Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr. 1965–1967 Raul Hector Castro 1975–1977 Harvey Wesley Bolin 1977–1978 Bruce Babbitt 1978–1987 Rose Perica Mofford 1988–1991 Janet Napolitano 2003–2009



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