- Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
party_name = Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Margaret Anderson Kelliher
foundation = April 15, 1944
ideology = American Liberalism
national = Democratic Party
headquarters = 255 East Plato Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55107
website = [http://www.dfl.org/ www.dfl.org]
The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a major
political partyin the US state of Minnesota. It was created on April 15, 1944when the Minnesota Democratic Party and the Farmer-Labor Party merged. Hubert Humphreywas instrumental in this merger. The party is affiliated with the national Democratic Party. The nickname "DFLer" is often used in Minnesota, by both members of the party and non-members, as an alternative to "Democrats". [cite web| title =Farmer Labor Party| publisher =Spartacus| url =http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAfarmerlabor.htm| accessdate =2007-08-31]
Orville Freemanwas elected the state's first DFL governor. Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey, and Walter Mondale, who each served as a US Senator and as US vice president, were important members of the party. Both ran for the presidency as the nominees of the national Democratic Party; Humphrey in 1968 and Mondale in 1984. Both were unsuccessful, losing to Richard Nixonand Ronald Reaganrespectively. Both also made bids to return to the Senate after their presidential runs, Humphrey successfully in 1971 and Mondale unsuccessfully in 2002.
Other important party members include Senator
Eugene McCarthy, who ran for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1968 as the anti-Vietnam War candidate, and Senator Paul Wellstone, known during his years in the Senate (1991-2002) as one of that body's chief voices of populist progressivism. [cite web| last =Loughlin| first =Sean| title =Wellstone Made Mark as a Liberal Champion| publisher =CNN Washington Bureau| date =2002-08-25| url =http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/10/25/elec02.mn.s.wellstone.obit| accessdate = 2007-08-31] The party's headquarters are in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Currently Endorsed Candidates
Al Frankenfor US Senate
Tim Walzfor US Representative( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn01_109.gif1st District] )
Steve Sarvifor US Representative( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn02_109.gif2nd District] )
Ashwin Madiafor US Representative( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn03_109.gif3rd District] )
Betty McCollumfor US Representative( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn04_109.gif4th District] )
*Incumbent Keith Ellison for
US Representative( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn05_109.gif5th District] )
Elwyn Tinklenbergfor US Representative( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn06_109.gif6th District] )
Collin Petersonfor US Representative( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn07_109.gif7th District] )
Jim Oberstarfor US Representative( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn08_109.gif8th District] )
Current elected officials
*Secretary of State
tate legislative leaders
President of the Senate James Metzen
*Speaker of the
Minnesota House of Representatives Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Minnesota Senate Majority LeaderLarry Pogemiller
Minnesota Senate Asst. Majority Leader Tarryl Clark
Minnesota House of RepresentativesMajority Leader Tony Sertich
Members of Congress
*U.S. Representative ( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn01_109.gif1st District] ) -
*U.S. Representative ( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn04_109.gif4th District] ) -
*U.S. Representative ( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn05_109.gif5th District] ) - Keith Ellison
*U.S. Representative ( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn07_109.gif7th District] ) -
*U.S. Representative ( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/mn08_109.gif8th District] ) -
*Associate Chair - Donna Cassut
*Treasurer - Bill Davis
*Secretary - Sue Rego
*Affirmative Action Officer - Megan Thomas
Republican Party of Minnesota
Independence Party of Minnesota
United States presidential election, 1968
United States presidential election, 1984
* [http://www.dfl.org/ Official Minnesota DFL website]
* [http://www.dodgecounty-dfl.org/ Official Dodge County DFL website]
* Delton, Jennifer A. Making Minnesota Liberal: Civil Rights and the Transformation of the Democratic Party. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
* Haynes, John Earl. "Farm Coops and the Election of Hubert Humphrey to the Senate". Agricultural History 57, no. 2 (Fall 1983).
* Haynes, John Earl. Dubious Alliance: The Making of Minnesota’s DFL Party. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984.
* Henrickson, Gary P. Minnesota in the "McCarthy’ Period": 1946-1954. Ph.D. diss. University of Minnesota, 1981.
* Lebedoff, David. The 21st Ballot: A Political Party Struggle in Minnesota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1969.
* Lebedoff, David. Ward Number Six. New York: Scribner, 1972. Discusses the entry of radicals into the DFL party in 1968.
* Mitau, G. Theodore. "The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Schism of 1948". Minnesota History 34 (Spring 1955).
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