Convention Central: Platform Committee Announced!
May 23, 2016
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz announced today the appointment of the 15-person Platform Drafting Committee, which develops and oversees the process for determining the Party's core statement of principles.

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 to instead award 75% of the committee seats to each presidential campaign based on the % of the popular vote each has received to-date.
Accordingly, Clinton received six seats, Sanders five, and the Chairwoman chose four. The campaigns and the DNC collaborated on the final list.  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 BoothExecutive Asst to the President, AFSCMEClinton
Honorable Carol BrownerFormer Administrator, Environmental Protection AgencyClinton
Congressman Keith EllisonFive-term Member of Congress (Minnesota)Sanders
Congressman Luis Gutiļæ½rrez11-term Member of Congress (California)Clinton
Congresswoman Barbara LeeNine-term Member of Congress (Illinois)
DNC Chair
Bill McKibbenEnvironmental ActivistSanders
Deborah ParkerAttorney & Native American ActivistSanders
Representative Alicia ReeceState Rep from OhioClinton
Bonnie SchaeferAuthor, owner of Westglow Resort & Spa, former CEO of Claire's DNC Chair
Ambassador Wendy ShermanFormer Dep US Secretary of State, Albright Stonebridge Group, Harvard Kennedy School Senior Fellow
Neera TandenPresident, Center for American Progress
Dr. Cornel WestProfessor, Philosophy & Christian Practice @Union Theological Seminary, Professor Emeritus @ Princeton
James ZogbyAuthor Arab Voices, Founder & President of Arab-American Institute


The Drafting Committee will submit their report to the full Platform Committee's 187 members, which will recommend the final platform to the Convention Delegates for approval.

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