BURLINGTON, VT — Today, Democracy for America announced that its founder, former
Vermont Governor Howard Dean, will be ending his position as a Special Advisor to
the grassroots progressive political action committee.
Gov. Howard Dean founded Democracy for America in 2004 and served as its Chair
following his historic campaign for President. Dean turned the reigns of the
organization to his brother, DFA’s current Chair Jim Dean, when he became Chair of
the Democratic National Committee in 2005.
Following his incredibly successful tenure at the DNC, Gov. Dean returned to DFA as
a Special Advisor and played a critical role in a number of important organization
efforts, from the 2009 «Stand with Dr. Dean» campaign for the public health
insurance option to the boundless support he gave to countless DFA-endorsed
“Founding DFA was one of the greatest honors of my life and, while I’m stepping back
from my role with Democracy for America today, I could not be more proud of the
grassroots movement we’ve created together and what they will do going forward” said
former Governor Howard Dean.
«Howard’s work with Democracy for America since its inception and after his tenure
at the DNC cannot be underestimated. He founded DFA as a member-driven organization
committed to empowering the work of its grassroots members and its movement allies
and he has never lost sight of these simple founding principles,» said DFA Chair Jim
Dean, on his brother’s decision to step back from the organization.
«It has been this principle which has given us a ton of opportunities to do great
work together and it is this principle that gave us the space to disagree,» noted
Jim Dean. «Howard gets people-powered politics as few elected officials and party
leaders do, and we look forward to seeing what he does next and working with him
DFA, is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million
members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and