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DLC | Overview | February 11, 2009
DLC Leadership Workshops

Working with elected officials at all levels of government, the DLC is committed to identifying and nurturing the next generation of New Democrat leaders. Led by the efforts of the DLC's State Legislative Advisory Board, Local Officials Network, and Statewide Officials Network, New Democrat ideas are changing politics in state houses, council chambers and city halls across our country.

The Program:

In the summer of 1998, the DLC launched a program to help state and local elected leaders develop and articulate a New Democrat governing agenda. Profiled in the New York Times in August of 1999, the DLC Leadership Workshops are designed to teach the participants the essentials of the New Democrat governing philosophy and how to turn it into effective political messages and policy proposals relevant to their local issues.

Since the program's inception, the DLC has conducted 43 workshops in 22 states plus the District of Columbia, and has worked with over 600 leaders. The workshops are a day long, and are based on the proven technique of experiential learning widely used in corporate training programs. During the workshop, participants:

  • Learn the essentials of the New Democrat governing philosophy
  • Acquire new skills for articulating what they believe
  • Tackle the most important public policy challenges facing their state
  • Develop tools to effectively communicate their positions on issues


For more information about how to participate in a workshop, or how to bring a DLC workshop to your state, please send us an email at political@dlc.org, or call the DLC Political Department at (202) 546-0007.

Workshop Schedule:

Montpelier, Vermont
February 23, 2009
Hosted by Secretary of State Deb Markowitz

Sarasota, Florida
February 7, 2009
Hosted by former State Rep. Loranne Ausley

Chicago, Illinois
June 29, 2008
In conjunction with the 12th Annual National Conversation.

New York, New York
May 2, 2008
Hosted by Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith

Boise, Idaho
January 6, 2008
Hosted by House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet

Montpelier, Vermont
December 5, 2007
Hosted by Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, Senate Majority Leader John Campbell and House Majority Leader Carolyn Partridge

Lansing, Michigan
October 23, 2007
Hosted by State Sen. Tupac Hunter and House Majority Leader Steve Tobocman

Tallahassee, Florida
October 2, 2007
Hosted by House Democratic Leader-Designate Franklin Sands and State Rep. Loranne Ausley

Nashville, Tennessee
July 29, 2007
In conjunction with the 11th Annual National Conversation

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
March 31, 2007
Hosted by State Sens. Lisa Marrache and Phil Bartlett (ME), State Rep. Jeremy Fischer (ME), Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand , State Reps. Steve Shurtleff and Eleanor Kjellman (NH).

Denver, Colorado
July 23, 2006
In conjunction with the DLC's 10th Annual National Conversation

Chicago, Illinois
June 27, 2006
Hosted by State Representative John Fritchey

Columbus, Ohio
September 16, 2005
Hosted by House Democratic Leader Chris Redfern

Columbus, Ohio
July, 24 2005
In conjunction with the DLC's 9th Annual National Conversation

Denver, Colorado
January 8, 2005
Hosted by the Colorado DLC

Montpelier, Vermont
December 9, 2004
Hosted by Secretary of State Deb Markowitz

Birmingham, Alabama
November 30, 2004
Hosted by House Majority Leader Ken Guin

Phoenix, Arizona
May 8, 2004
In conjunction with the DLC's 8th Annual National Conversation

Tallahassee, Florida
March 1, 2004
Hosted by State Rep. Loranne Ausley

Tampa, Florida
February 28, 2004
Hosted by City Councilman Rick Kriseman

Birmingham, Alabama
November 20, 2003
Hosted by Majority Leader Ken Guin

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 27, 2003
In conjunction with the DLC's 7th Annual National Conversation

Columbia, South Carolina
September 27, 2002
Hosted by State Representative John Scott

New York, New York
July 29, 2002
In conjunction with the DLC's 6th Annual National Conversation

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
May 2, 2002
Hosted by State Representative Jennifer Mann

Concord, New Hampshire
February 11, 2002
Hosted by State Representatives Raymond Buckley & Martha Fuller Clark and Senators Lou D'Allesandro & Caroline McCarley

Atlanta, Georgia
December 5, 2001
Hosted by Insurance Commissioner Michael Thurmond
& Houston City Council Member Carroll Robinson

Los Angeles, California
November 16, 2001
Hosted by Senator Joe Dunn
& City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo

Lansing, Michigan
October 29, 2001
Hosted by Representatives Kwame Kilpatrick
& Gilda Jacobs

Indianapolis, Indiana
July 15, 2001
In conjunction with the DLC's 5th Annual National Conversation

Chicago, Illinois
December 7, 2000
Hosted by Representative John Fritchey

Seattle, Washington
June 13, 2000
Hosted by Representatives Dave Quall,
Ed Murray & Jeff Gombosky

Minneapolis, Minnesota
January 26, 2000
Hosted by Senator Ember Reichgott Junge

Topeka, Kansas
September 24 & 25, 1999
Hosted by Representative Jim Garner

Denver, Colorado
August 29 & 30, 1999

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
April 26 & 27, 1999
Hosted by Senator Allyson Schwartz
& Representative TJ Rooney

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
February 22 & 23, 1999
Hosted by Representative Antonio Riley

Tallahassee, Florida
January 22 & 23, 1999

Salt Lake City, Utah
January 15 & 16, 1999
Hosted by Senator Scott Howell

Phoenix, Arizona
January 8 & 9, 1999
Hosted by Senator Elaine Richardson
& Representative Ken Cheuvront

Denver, Colorado
August 14 & 15, 1998

St. Petersburg, Florida
July 31 & August 1, 1998
Hosted by Representative Lars Hafner
& Councilmember Bob Buckhorn

Washington, DC
June 19 & 20, 1998