Andrea Stewart-Cousins was elected by her colleagues to serve as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference in December 2012, becoming the first female leader of a legislative conference in New York history. In 2019, she became the first female Senate Majority Leader in New York history. She was first elected to the State Senate in 2006 and currently represents Greenburgh, part of White Plains, part of New Rochelle, part of Yonkers and Scarsdale. Senator Stewart-Cousins has sponsored and passed transformative legislation that has become law, such as the landmark Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act, and Child Health Plus and School Meal Enrollment Coordination Law. Through her legislative and community service work, Andrea has been named “Woman of the Year” by the Business and Professional Women’s Club; “Legislator of the Year” by the Community Health Association of New York State.
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.
DLCC ChairSenate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York
DLCC Vice ChairSpeaker of the House Jason Frierson, Nevada
After graduating law school and briefly working in private civil practice, Jason Frierson became a Deputy Attorney General where he prosecuted white collar criminals. Jason also served on the Nevada Cybercrimes Task Force, working with other state and federal law enforcement agencies to combat crime across the internet. Jason next worked as a Deputy Public Defender, defending the Constitution and protecting the rights of the accused by ensuring that the process was fair. For over three years, Jason served as Deputy District Attorney, advocating in Family Court. Jason then made the switch over to the Nevada State Assembly, serving for a number of years before members elected Frierson to the position of speaker in the 79th assembly. Frierson returned to the Assembly in 2016 election. He had previously served in the Assembly from February 7, 2011 to 2014, when he was defeated by John Moore by 40 votes representing District 8. Frierson is a member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
DLCC TreasurerSenate President Ron Kouchi, Hawaii
Senate President Ron Kouchi first joined the Hawaii state Senate in 2010. He was elected President of the Hawaii State Senate in May 2015, after serving as Vice President of the Senate from 2013-2015 and as Majority Caucus Leader from 2011-2013. Prior to joining the Senate, Kouchi served for 11 terms on the Kaua’i County Council.
Dedicated to growing Hawaii’s economy while protecting the environment, Kouchi has served as Vice Chair for the committee on Tourism, and Vice Chair for the committee on Ways and Means. He had also served as a member on the committees on Agriculture, Education, Transportation, and International Affairs. He is involved in several community organizations, and serves on the boards of the Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital and the YMCA.
Senate President Ron Kouchi has served on the DLCC Board as an At-Large member since December 2016 and was chosen by his colleagues to serve as DLCC Board Treasurer in December 2017.
DLCC SecretaryAssistant Majority Leader Rob Bonta, California
Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly’s 18th District in 2012, where he represents the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. He was the first Filipino American legislator in California’s then 165-year history. Rob’s legal career included work as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, and as a private attorney, where he fought to protect Californians from exploitation and racial profiling. Rob has also served as Chair of the City of Alameda’s Economic Development Commission, as board president for the Social Service Human Relations Board, and as Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda. In the State Assembly, Bonta currently serves as the Assistant Majority Leader. He serves on the Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, Governmental Organization, and Health Committees.
DLCC Finance Council ChairHouse Majority Leader Val Longhurst, Delaware
Valerie J. Longhurst was first elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in November 2004 to represent the 15th District. In 2008, she was elected as the House Majority Whip and served for four years. After the 2012 election, her caucus elected her House Majority Leader. Representative Longhurst is currently chair of the House Administration, Ethics and Rules committees. She is also the former chair of the Manufactured Housing Committee.
Rep. Longhurst has pushed for common sense gun safety measures in Delaware. First by sponsoring legislation adding Delaware to the National Instant Background Check System, then by fighting to expand background check requirements for gun purchases to include straw purchases and gun shows and finally by closing the ‘Charleston Loophole” and supporting protections for victims of domestic and intimate partner violence. In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, Delaware was the only state aside from Connecticut to pass additional gun safety measures in their state legislature.
Rep. Longhurst has been a dedicated champion of legislation to promote women’s equality in the workplace, justice system and healthcare system. During the 148th General Assembly, she spearheaded a package of 14 bills to address real issues impacting women. Equal pay activist and icon Lilly Ledbetter attended the signing ceremony for these bills and praised this work which included protections for victims of sexual assault, banning wage secrecy and discrimination against women for reproductive health decisions.
In addition to her responsibilities in the House Majority Caucus, she plays an important role in many local and national organizations and initiatives, including:
Vice-Chair of the Statewide Afterschool Initiative Learning Task Force
Vice-Chair of the Firearm Suicide Prevention Task Force
Chair of the Speech and Language Pathology Task Force
Delaware Commission on Interstate Cooperation member
National Conference of State Legislators-Women’s Network Advisory Council member
Council for State Governments Revenue and Budget Standing Committee member and Redistricting and Elections Task Force member
Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA Board member
Police Action League Board member
Delaware Sports Commission Advisory Council member
Chair of the Child Mental Health Study Group
Member of the Lottery & Gaming Study Commission
DLCC Finance ChairSenate Democratic Leader Tom Bakk, Minnesota
Tom Bakk represents Senate District 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 DFL 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 is the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate’s Rules and Administration Committee. He was chair of the Taxes Committee from 2007 to 2011.
Complete Board of Directors:
- Senate Democratic Leader James Ananich, Michigan
- Senate President Toni Atkins, California
- Senate Democratic Leader Tom Bakk, Minnesota
- Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue, North Carolina
- Assembly Assistant Majority Leader Rob Bonta, California
- Senator Janet Cruz, Florida
- Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, New Mexico
- Speaker of the House Jason Frierson, Nevada
- Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, New Jersey
- Senator Vincent Hughes, Pennsylvania
- Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, Oregon
- Senate President Ron Kouchi, Hawaii
- House Majority Leader Val Longhurst, Delaware
- Senator Mark Miller, Wisconsin
- Senator Brittany Pettersen, Colorado
- House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard, Iowa
- Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling, Wisconsin
- Senate President Donna Soucy, New Hampshire
- Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York
- Assistant House Majority Leader Art Turner, Illinois
Executive Director Jessica Post's statement on the recent passing of DLCC Board Member Michael E. Busch: "Saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and board member, long-serving Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch. Maryland is better for your service and leadership."