Gov. Howard Dean ends Special Advisor role at Democracy for America

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 candidates.

“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 whenever possible.”

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 structural racism.  

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