Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The DLCC is governed by a Board of 22 Democratic state legislative leaders who represent the interests of Democratic state legislative candidates nationally. Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek is the Chair of the Board. The Chair works with the Board to advocate the interests of Democratic state legislators to other national organizations and ensure that state legislative leaders are engaged with DLCC’s work in chambers across the country.

Executive Board

  • DLCC Chair

    Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, Oregon

    Beginning with her work to win domestic partnership benefits for faculty and students at the University of Washington in the mid-1990s, Tina Kotek has worked hard to change the world and to empower people to be part of that change.

    Tina began her public service career as a policy advocate for the Oregon Food Bank, working to eliminate hunger for every Oregonian. She went on to serve as the policy director for Children First for Oregon before being elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006.

    In her first term in the House, Tina championed a redesign of the state's welfare program, led the fight to establish statewide nutrition standards for food sold in schools, and helped pass landmark legislation that ended discrimination based on sexual orientation and created domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

    In 2013, Tina became the first openly lesbian Speaker of any state House in the nation. As Speaker, Tina has led the charge for positive change in Oregon.

    In the 2015 legislative session, Tina was a leader in the movement to give everyone a fair shot at success by championing the successful efforts to expand earned sick leave, strengthen retirement security and ban racial profiling. She worked to strengthen and expand child care options for working parents and fought to implement Oregon's Clean Fuels Program. The 2016 session built upon those wins for working families, including the passage of trailblazing legislation to raise Oregon's minimum wage.

  • DLCC Vice Chair

    House Majority Leader Val Longhurst, Delaware

    Leader Longhurst was first elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2004. After the 2012 election, the caucus elected her House Majority Leader. Representative Longhurst is currently chair of the House Administration, Ethics and Rules committees. She also serves on the Telecommunications Internet and Technology committee and is the former chair of the Manufactured Housing Committee.

    Leader Longhurst has volunteered for many local organizations including: Delaware City Refinery, the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, Bear Babe Ruth Little League and Emerald Ridge Maintenance Corporation.

  • DLCC Treasurer

    Senate Democratic Leader Aaron Ford, Nevada

    Senator Ford has represented the greater Las Vegas area (District 11) in the Nevada Senate since 2012.

    Prior to being elected Democratic Leader, he was the Assistant Majority Whip and previously served as chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Education and member of the Judiciary Committee. He was recognized as best Senate Freshman by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rookie of the Year by the Reno Gazette Journal and Senator of the Year by both Help Animals Nevada and the Nevada Conservation League for his work during the 2013 Nevada Legislative session.

    Senator Ford earned his B.A. from Texas A&M University in Interdisciplinary Studies and then earned his M.A. in International Education from George Washington University. He then went on to earn a M.A. in Educational Administration, as well as his law degree and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University.

    Before practicing law, Aaron served as a public school math teacher, shaping hundreds of lives. After teaching, Aaron began his career in law. He has clerked for the Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Denise Page Hood of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is now a Partner at Snell & Wilmer, LLP in Las Vegas.

    Throughout Aaron’s career, he has always made time to give back to his community. Among his many community accolades, he has served on the Clark County Justice of the Peace Selection Committee and won the Mountain States’ “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star in Law” awards. Aaron is also a Board Member of the I Have a Dream Foundation, Olive Crest of Nevada, and Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada. In addition, Aaron has coached soccer, basketball, and t-ball.

    Aaron married his college sweetheart, Berna Rhodes-Ford, who is also an attorney. Together, they raise four children, Avery, Devin, Aaron II, and Alexander.

  • DLCC Secretary

    Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang, Illinois

    Representative Lang, who currently serves as a Deputy Majority Leader in the House, has fought for economic development, working families, civil rights, and health care and Medicaid reform throughout his time in the legislature. In 2009, Lang sponsored a six-year, $32 billion construction program to fix roads, bridges, and schools across Illinois.

    Over the years, Representative Lang has received numerous awards and recognition for his work. He was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Illinois Hospital Association, the Illinois Council on Senior Citizens, the Service Employees Union and the Illinois Public Action Council.

  • DLCC Finance Chair

    Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, Minnesota

    Thomas M. Bakk (born June 1954) represents SD 3, which includes portions of Cook, Koochiching, Lake and portions of St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of the state. He is the current Senate Minority Leader.

    Bakk was first elected to the Senate in 2002, and was reelected in 2006 and 2010. Before that, Bakk represented District 6A in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.

    Bakk attended Cook High School and attended Mesabi Community College. He earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He and his wife Laura, have four children.

Complete Board of Directors:

  • House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams, Georgia
  • Senate Democratic Leader James Ananich, Michigan
  • Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, Minnesota
  • Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, Maryland
  • Senate President Kevin de León, California
  • Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, Colorado
  • House Democratic Leader Jenny Eck, Montana
  • Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, New Mexico
  • Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, Nevada
  • Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, Maine
  • Senator Wally Horn, Iowa
  • Representative Eric Johnson, Texas
  • Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, Oregon
  • Senate President Ron Kouchi, Hawaii
  • Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang, Illinois
  • House Majority Leader Val Longhurst, Delaware
  • Senator Mark Miller, Wisconsin
  • Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson, Washington
  • Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw, Virginia
  • Senator Mimi Stewart, New Mexico
  • Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York