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The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) works to elect democratic state legislators. It was formed after the 1994 elections, by a group of Democratic state legislators and then DNC chair Don Fowler.



The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) works to win state legislative seats and chambers for Democrats.

The DLCC's mission is to build and maintain winning, state-of-the-art campaign committees through a continuing partnership with legislative leaders, professional staff, and supporters. Since its inception in 1994, DLCC has been an integral part of the success that Democrats have had winning at the legislative level and has worked to protect and pick up legislative chambers and seats in states ranging from Oklahoma to Washington to New Hampshire.

The DLCC employs state-specific strategies -- working with national and local partners to enable Democratic legislators to win in all regions of the country.

Its political directors work with legislators, caucus directors, and allies in each state. They develop state-specific strategies, working with national and local partners to enable Democratic legislators to win in all regions of the country.

The DLCC helps give them access to tools like polling, communications, research, and online fundraising. Many of these basic political resources are too expensive for state legislative races, so providing an economy of scale and making them accessible is a huge advantage for the Democratic side.

It is unique in that it doesn't dictate the message. They recruit strong candidates who know their districts well, and encourage them to run on local messages. They work with leaders and staff in each state to develop and effective messaging operation.

The DLCC and state legislative Democrats have had net gains in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.


Mike Gronstal became Chair of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) in March 2007, after serving as the DLCC's Vice-Chair since December 2006. He was instrumental in the gains state legislative Democrats made nation-wide as the DLCC’s Finance Chair in 2006.

Senator Gronstal was elected Iowa Senate Majority Leader by his fellow Democratic Senators after spearheading their efforts to capture 30 seats in the Iowa Senate in 2006. In addition to serving as Majority Leader, Senator Gronstal also serves as chair of the Rules & Administration Committee. He represents District 50 in the Iowa Senate, which includes Council Bluffs and Carter Lake.

Gronstal has been in the Senate since 1985 and was a member of the House from 1983-85. Senator Gronstal is a graduate of Council Bluffs St. Albert High School and Antioch College in Ohio. He also attended Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

As a legislative priority, Senator Gronstal has worked extensively on the issue of renewable fuels and making Iowa the nation's leader in this field. Under his leadership, Iowa passed the nation’s strongest ethanol legislation in 2006, and Senator Gronstal continues the effort to bring more biotechnology jobs and businesses to the state.

Senator Gronstal has also been a leader in restoring funding to Iowa's community colleges and school districts. Moving Iowa to 25th in the nation in teacher pay and making community college affordable for all Iowa families will continue as priorities. Additionally, he has been recognized by his colleagues for his dedicated work and knowledge of complex issues in the insurance and utilities business.

Senator Gronstal and his wife, Connie, have two daughters: Kate, who is a civil engineer at Schemmer Associates in Council Bluffs; and Sara, who is currently working on her masters degree at Minnesota State University at Mankato.

Past Chairs

Executive Director

  • Michael Sargeant, May 2007 - present.

Michael Sargeant became the Executive Director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in 2007.

Michael Sargeant joined the DLCC in 2001 as a political director. He became the National Political Director in 2004. That cycle, the DLCC was instrumental in moving 10 chambers towards Democratic control. These gains included traditional “red” states such as Montana, Colorado, and North Carolina. Michael managed all political operations, as well as focusing on 17 states and 8 targeted chambers for the 2006 cycle, when Democrats pushed another 10 chambers towards Democratic control.

Michael has years of campaign experience. Before joining the DLCC, Michael was the Tennessee House caucus director. He has also managed campaigns at many different levels, from mayoral to state legislature to congressional races in the states of New Jersey, Michigan, Missouri, and California.

Past Executive Directors

  • Michael B. Davies

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