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Senate Democrat Leadership Positions

Senate Minority Leader
The Senate Minority Leader serves as the senior official for Senate Democrats and is selected by a vote of the Democratic Caucus. As leader of the minority party in the Senate, the Minority Leader works with the Democratic Caucus to set the Democratic agenda, message, and strategy. From time to time, the Minority Leader appoints Minority members to task forces and also has statutory responsibilities to fill positions on Commissions.

Website for the Senate Minority Leader
Website for the Senate Minority Leader: Senator Harry Reid  

Senate Assistant Minority Leader
The responsibilities of the Assistant Minority Leader are similar to that of the House Whip: persuading Members to support the Caucus position on votes and projecting support for the Caucus position.

Website for the Assistant Minority Leader: Senator Dick Durbin
Website for the Minority Chief Deputy Whip: Senator Barbara Boxer

Senate Democratic Conference Secretary
The Senate Democratic Conference Secretary is the third ranking leadership position for the minority party. The Democratic Conference Secretary is selected by a vote of the Democratic Conference. The Senate Democratic Conference is the organizational vehicle for all Democrat Members of the Senate and their staff. The Conference hosts periodic meetings of Senate Democrats and is the primary vehicle for communicating the party’s message to Members.

Website for the Senate Democratic Conference
Website for the Conference Secretary: Senator Patty Murray

Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman
The Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) is the policy-making arm of the Senate Democrats. In the 110th Congress, this committee was reorganized and was given additional responsibilities, including the authority to conduct oversight investigations and hold public hearings focusing on government accountability.

Website for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee
Website for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman: Senator Chuck Schumer

Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee Chairman
The Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee is responsible for building coalitions with Democrats at all levels of government, and with advocacy organizations in pursuit of the policy objectives of the Senate Democratic Conference. The Chairman of the Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee is appointed by the Minority Leader.

Website for the Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee
Website for the Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee Chairman: Senator Amy Klobuchar

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman
The Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is appointed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The Chairman of the DSCC oversees the political committee of Senate Democrats which is not funded by tax dollars nor located in the Congressional complex. The Chairman of the DSCC added by a Vice Chair is responsible for coordinating the efforts of Senate Democrats with a strategy to elect Democrats to the United States Senate.

Website for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Website for the DSCC Chair: Senator Jon Tester