Convention Central: Platform Committee Announced!

 May 23, 2016
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz announced today the names of the 15-person Platform Drafting Committee, which develops and oversees the process for determining the Party's core statement of principles.
The Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President.  At the Convention, the Party also adopts its official platform or "plank" of endorsed issues
Under DNC rules, members of the 15-person committee are appointed at the discretion of the DNC Chair. In an effort to quell the contentious primary debate, W-S elected instead to award 75% of the committee seats to each presidential campaign based on the % of the popular vote received to-date.

 

Accordingly, Clinton received six seats, Sanders five, and the Chairwoman chose four.  Sanders' Policy Director Warren Gunnels, and Clinton Senior Policy Advisor Maya Harris, will also be on hand as official, non-voting members of the Committee.
 "Members Represent Diversity of the Party including Significant Appointments from both Campaigns"
DNCC Release, May 23, 2016
 
Congressman Elijah Cummings, a ten-term Member from Maryland, will serve as Chair of the drafting committee, and political veteran and former DSCC Director Andrew Grossman will serve as Executive Director (reprising his 2012 role).
The Platform Drafting Committee (/nominated by)
Honorable Howard Berman Former 15-term Member of Congress (California) DNC Chair
Paul Booth Executive Asst to the President, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME/union) Clinton
Honorable Carol Browner Former Director WH Energy & Climate Change Policy, former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Clinton
Congressman Keith Ellison Five-term Member of Congress (Minnesota) Sanders
Congressman Luis Gutiérrez 12-term Member of Congress (Illinois) Clinton
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Ten-term Member of Congress (California) DNC Chair
Bill McKibben Author & Environmental Activist Sanders
Deborah Parker Attorney & Native American Activist Sanders
Representative Alicia Reece State Rep & President, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Clinton
Bonnie Schaefer Author, Philanthropist, former CEO of Claire's DNC Chair
Ambassador Wendy Sherman Former Dep US Secretary of State, Albright Stonebridge Group, Harvard Kennedy School Senior Fellow Clinton
Neera Tanden President, Center for American Progress Clinton
Dr. Cornel West Professor, Philosophy & Christian Practice @Union Theological Seminary, Professor Emeritus @ Princeton Sanders
James Zogby Author Arab Voices, Founder & President of Arab-American Institute Sanders
The Platform Drafting Committee will submit their report to the full Platform Committee, which will present the final platform to the Convention Delegates for approval.

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