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Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
DFL logo
Party Chairman Brian Melendez
Senate Leader Lawrence Pogemiller
House Leader Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Founded April 15, 1944
Headquarters 255 East Plato Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Political ideology American Liberalism
Progressivism

Populism

National affiliation Democratic Party
Color(s) Blue
Web Site www.dfl.org
DFL logo used on a lectern at the 2006 DFL state convention.

The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) is a major political party in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was created on April 15, 1944 when the Minnesota Democratic Party and the Farmer–Labor Party merged. Hubert Humphrey was instrumental in this merger. The party is affiliated with the national Democratic Party. Both members of the party and non-members in Minnesota often use "DFLer" instead of "Democrat".[1]

Orville Freeman was elected the state's first DFL governor in 1954. Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey, and Walter Mondale, who each served as a US Senator and as US vice president, were important members of the party. Both ran for the presidency as the nominees of the national Democratic Party; Humphrey in 1968 and Mondale in 1984. Both were unsuccessful, losing to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, respectively. Both also made bids to return to the Senate after their presidential runs, Humphrey successfully in 1970 and Mondale unsuccessfully in 2002.

Other important party members include Senator Eugene McCarthy, who ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1968 as the anti-Vietnam War candidate, and Senator Paul Wellstone, known during his years in the Senate (1991–2002) as one of that body's chief voices of populist progressivism.[2] The party's headquarters are in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Contents

Candidates Endorsed in 2008

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Challengers

Incumbents

Current elected officials

Constitutional officers

State legislative leaders

Members of Congress

DFL 2006 state convention registration desk.

Current leadership

  • Chair – Brian Melendez
  • Associate Chair – Donna Cassutt
  • Treasurer – Lori Sellner
  • Secretary – Sue Rego
  • Affirmative Action Officer – Jamie Edwards

See also

References

External links

Further reading

  • Delton, Jennifer A. Making Minnesota Liberal: Civil Rights and the Transformation of the Democratic Party. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
  • Haynes, John Earl. Farm Coops and the Election of Hubert Humphrey to the Senate. Agricultural History 57, no. 2 (Fall 1983).
  • Haynes, John Earl. Dubious Alliance: The Making of Minnesota's DFL Party. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984.
  • Henrickson, Gary P. Minnesota in the 'McCarthy' Period": 1946–1954. Ph.D. diss. University of Minnesota, 1981.
  • Lebedoff, David. The 21st Ballot: A Political Party Struggle in Minnesota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1969.
  • Lebedoff, David. Ward Number Six. New York: Scribner, 1972. Discusses the entry of radicals into the DFL party in 1968.
  • Mitau, G. Theodore. The Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party Schism of 1948. Minnesota History 34 (Spring 1955).

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Party Chairman Brian Melendez
Senate Leader Lawrence Pogemiller
House Leader Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Founded April 15, 1944
Headquarters 255 East Plato Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55107
Political ideology American Liberalism
Progressivism

Populism

National affiliation Democratic Party
Color(s) Blue
Web Site www.dfl.org
at the 2006 DFL state convention.]]

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a major political party in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was created on April 15, 1944 when the Minnesota Democratic Party and the Farmer-Labor Party merged. Hubert Humphrey was instrumental in this merger. The party is affiliated with the national Democratic Party. Both members of the party and non-members in Minnesota often use "DFLer" instead of "Democrat".[1]

In 1954 Orville Freeman was elected the state's first DFL governor. Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey, and Walter Mondale, who each served as a US Senator and as US vice president, were important members of the party. Both ran for the presidency as the nominees of the national Democratic Party; Humphrey in 1968 and Mondale in 1984. Both were unsuccessful, losing to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, respectively. Both also made bids to return to the Senate after their presidential runs, Humphrey successfully in 1970 and Mondale unsuccessfully in 2002.

Other important party members include Senator Eugene McCarthy, who ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1968 as the anti-Vietnam War candidate, and Senator Paul Wellstone, known during his years in the Senate (1991-2002) as one of that body's chief voices of populist progressivism.[2] The party's headquarters are in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Contents

Candidates Endorsed in 2008

Challengers

Incumbents

Current elected officials

Constitutional officers

State legislative leaders

Members of Congress

Current leadership

  • Chair - Brian Melendez
  • Associate Chair - Donna Cassut
  • Treasurer - Lori Sellner
  • Secretary - Sue Rego
  • Affirmative Action Officer - Jamie Edwards

See also

References

  1. ^ "Farmer Labor Party". Spartacus. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAfarmerlabor.htm. Retrieved on 2007-08-31. 
  2. ^ Loughlin, Sean (2002-08-25). "Wellstone Made Mark as a Liberal Champion". CNN Washington Bureau. http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/10/25/elec02.mn.s.wellstone.obit. Retrieved on 2007-08-31. 

External links

Further reading

  • Delton, Jennifer A. Making Minnesota Liberal: Civil Rights and the Transformation of the Democratic Party. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
  • Haynes, John Earl. Farm Coops and the Election of Hubert Humphrey to the Senate. Agricultural History 57, no. 2 (Fall 1983).
  • Haynes, John Earl. Dubious Alliance: The Making of Minnesota’s DFL Party. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984.
  • Henrickson, Gary P. Minnesota in the "McCarthy’ Period": 1946-1954. Ph.D. diss. University of Minnesota, 1981.
  • Lebedoff, David. The 21st Ballot: A Political Party Struggle in Minnesota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1969.
  • Lebedoff, David. Ward Number Six. New York: Scribner, 1972. Discusses the entry of radicals into the DFL party in 1968.
  • Mitau, G. Theodore. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Schism of 1948. Minnesota History 34 (Spring 1955).

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