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Our Mission

Since 1985, the mission of 21st Century Democrats has revolved around training progressives and building a network of populist Democrats who stand up for America’s working families.

We focus particular attention on Democratic leaders who can move up to higher office at every level and who represent the tradition of Democrats like Jim Hightower, Tom Harkin, Barbara Boxer, Raul Grijalva, John Lewis, Al Gore and Paul Wellstone. We support progressive Democratic leaders who will shape the direction of the Democratic Party and enact public policy that transforms this country to a just, fair and equal society for all.

Our Vision and Values

We are committed to leading the way toward a bold and progressive agenda that will improve the quality of life for all Americans. Our goal is to elect genuinely progressive Democrats who believe government has a positive role to play in our country and will fight to enact public policy that reflects the core values of equality, opportunity, compassion, justice and fairness that 21st Century Democrats believes in, stands up for, and works toward on a daily basis.

Our Strategies

Cultivating Leadership at Every Level

We educate young people who have shown a strong interest in politics and idealism about the future in grassroots organizing and field work. We have trained thousands of high school and college students, college graduates, and party activists, placing hundreds of them in their first political jobs in support of the progressive leaders we endorse. These results speak for themselves as many alumni have gone on to manage higher profile campaigns, become leaders in the progressive community, or even get elected as officials themselves.

Supporting Candidates Who Will Make a Difference

In each election cycle, we endorse a diverse array of candidates who exemplify our values and show unusual promise to advance our progressive goals. We invest in some of the most competitive races as well as in some of the most challenging – those in which the candidates are outstanding but the traditional Democratic supporters are most reticent. We back candidates in primaries as well as general election races, and we focus the bulk of our resources on electing challengers and protecting vulnerable incumbents.

Building a Powerful Network of Progressive Leaders

In a world in which social networks are the key to continued progress, we support our team of field organizers and elected leaders after Election Day. Through our alumni network, we foster relationships and often help alumni find their next job. We provide support and recognition for the members of our 21st Century Leaders In Action network, and we encourage the sharing and collaboration of ideas in order to help bolster progressive policies at all levels of government.

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Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio has been New York’s most Progressive Mayor in decades. Progressive Credentials:  Made good on his campaign promise to provide free Universal Pre-K…
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Tom Perriello

An attorney, diplomat, and former Member of the House of Representatives serving Virginia’s 5th District, as well as serving as President and CEO of the Center…
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Elizabeth Warren

Donald Trump and the Republicans are already attacking Elizabeth Warren. They know that her progressive economic populist appeal puts them in danger of losing the national…
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Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand staying in the U.S. Senate is critical for taking back the Senate. 21st Century Democrats helped Kirsten win her House seat against a four-term…
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Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar is exactly the type of Senator we need to push back against the anti-immigrant, anti-poor, and anti-woman policies of the Trump administration. Candidate…
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Jon Tester

First endorsed by 21st Century Democrats when he ran for Montana State Senate in 1998, Tester is now under attack by the far right because…
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Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown is taking the lead in crafting a progressive economic message for Democrats. He has a long record of fighting for collective bargaining rights for working Americans…
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Martin Heinrich

Progressive Credentials: Voted for health care reform Championed energy independence, environmental causes and renewable energy initiatives Cosponsor of the DREAM Act Sought to increase transparency…
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Rob Quist

We are proud to support Rob Quist who is running to replace Congressman Ryan Zinke in Montana who went on to become Secretary of the…
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