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Kansas Democratic Party
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Party Chairman Lawrence Gates
Senate Leader Anthony Hensley
House Leader Paul Davis
Headquarters 700 SW Jackson St.
Topeka, KS
Political ideology Moderate
Progressivism
Center-left
National affiliation Democratic Party
Color(s)     
Web Site [1]

The Kansas Democratic Party is the state affiliate political party of the national Democratic Party in Kansas. Although registered Republicans outnumber Democrats 2 to 1, the Kansas Democratic Party has been able to win top offices and make gains in the Kansas Legislature by appealing to moderate Republican and independent voters.[1][2][3] They have also increased the party's success by recruiting prominent Republicans who have grown dissatisfied with the Kansas Republican Party.[4][5][6] Democrats currently hold a majority of Kansas' statewide offices, including those Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer, as well as one of Kansas' four Congressional districts.[7][8]

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Washington Days

Since 1895 the Kansas Democratic Party has hosted the annual Washington Days consisting of one weekend of caucus meetings, dinners, receptions, and ending with an address from a keynote speaker. It is traditionally held in Kansas' capitol Topeka. The 2007 event had 1,500 people attend and the keynote speaker was Former President Bill Clinton.[9]

Year Keynote Speaker
2009
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer
2008
Virginia Governor Tim Kaine
2007
Former President Bill Clinton
2006
Senator Barack Obama
2005
Former Senator John Edwards

Current elected officials

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National Office

State Leadership

Party Officers and Executive Committee

Prominent Past Kansas Democratic Officials

References

  1. ^ ""Moderates in Kansas Decide They're Not in GOP Anymore," Washington Post" (English). http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/18/AR2006101801679.html. Retrieved 2007-03-10.  
  2. ^ ""Kansas Political Shifts Sign Of Things To Come?," USA Today" (English). http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/columnist/wickham/2006-06-05-kansas-politics_x.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-10.  
  3. ^ ""Kansas Republicans Evolve -- Into Democrats," Salon" (English). http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/09/05/sebelius/. Retrieved 2007-03-10.  
  4. ^ ""Democrats Dare To Dream Of Recapturing the Bush Heartland," The Observer" (English). http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1805330,00.html. Retrieved 2007-03-10.  
  5. ^ ""A Republican Revolution," American Prospect" (English). http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=11804. Retrieved 2007-03-10.  
  6. ^ ""Neighbor To Run As Democrat," Shawnee Dispatch" (English). http://www.shawneedispatch.com/section/elections/story/3741. Retrieved 2007-03-10.  
  7. ^ ""Kansas Democrats’ Victory Seen As ‘Bellwether’ For Party," Lawrence Journal-World" (English). http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/nov/19/kansas_democrats_victory_seen_bellwether_party/?elections_2006. Retrieved 2007-03-10.  
  8. ^ ""What's Right With Kansas," New York Times" (English). http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50C1EFA3C5A0C768DDDA80994DE404482&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fOrganizations%2fR%2fRepublican%20Party. Retrieved 2007-03-10.  
  9. ^ ""Clinton To Speak," Wichita Eagle" (English). http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/16814019.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-10.  

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