History: The Democratic Party

 

* The Democratic Party:
The Party of Everyday People *

For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights, health care, Social Security, workers’ rights, and women’s rights. We are the party of Joe Biden, Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, FDR and the countless everyday Americans who work each day to build a more perfect union. 

From America’s beginnings to today, people have turned to Democrats to meet our country’s most pressing challenges—and pave the way for a future that lifts up all Americans. Take a look at some of our accomplishments - laws passed under Democratic presidents, and you’ll see why we’re proud to be Democrats.

We are the Party committed to helping
the American People!
The Party of the People.
For the People. By the People.

Federal Farm Loan Act of 1916
President Thomas Woodrow Wilson
Women’s Right to Vote – 1919
President Thomas Woodrow Wilson
National Labor Relations Act
(Wagner Act) – 1935
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Social Security Act of 1935
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Expanded under Presidents
Harry S. Truman – 1950
Lyndon B. Johnson – 1965
Rural Electrification Act – 1936
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Minimum Wage | 8-Hour Work Day |
40-Hour Work Week |
Overtime Pay | Child Labor Laws |
Safe Food and Drug Act – 1938
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Federal Food Assistance – 1939
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Expanded under
President Lyndon B. Johnson – 1964
GI Bill of Rights – 1944
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Right to Free Public Schools – 1944
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Employment Act of 1946
President Harry S. Truman
The Clean Water Act – 1948
President Harry S. Truman
Expanded under
President Jimmy Carter – 1977
Clean Air Act of 1963
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Equal Pay Act of 1963
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Civil Rights Act of 1964
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Equal Employment Opportunity – 1964
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Head Start Program – 1965
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Medicare and Medicaid – 1965
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Pell Grants – 1965
President Lyndon B. Johnson
President Barack Obama increased
number of awards – 2010
Voting Rights Act of 1965
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Civil Rights Act of 1968
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Fair Housing Act of 1968
President Lyndon B. Johnson
National Energy Act of 1978
President Jimmy Carter
Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment
and Balanced Growth Act of 1978
President Jimmy Carter
Energy Security Act – 1980
President Jimmy Carter
Americans with Disabilities Act – 1990
Introduced by Senator Tom Harkin
Passed by Senate and House –
both majority Democrats
Family and Medical Leave Act – 1993
President Bill Clinton
Violence Against Women Act – 1994
President Bill Clinton
American Reinvestment & Recovery Act – 2009
President Barack Obama
Children’s Health Insurance
Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2009
President Barack Obama
Credit Card Holders’ Bill of Rights – 2009
President Barack Obama
Hate Crimes Prevention Act – 2009
President Barack Obama
Stem Cell Research – 2009
President Barack Obama
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – 2009
President Barack Obama
Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act – 2010
President Barack Obama
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010
President Barack Obama
Economic Recovery Plan – 2010
President Barack Obama
Middle Class Tax Cuts |
Strengthened Unemployment Benefits,
COBRA Health Insurance & Infrastructure Projects |
Education, Jobs & Medicaid Assistance Act – 2010
President Barack Obama
Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act – 2010
President Barack Obama
Rosa’s Law – 2010
President Barack Obama
Student Loan Reform – 2010
President Barack Obama
American Jobs Act – 2011
President Barack Obama
Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge
Act of 2012
President Barack Obama
American Taxpayer Relief Act – 2013
President Barack Obama
Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act – 2013
President Barack Obama
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act – 2013
President Barack Obama
Agricultural Act – 2014
President Barack Obama
Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention
for American Veterans Act  2015
President Barack Obama
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
President Joe Biden
PPE & COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Acts of 2021
President Joe Biden
Drinking Water & Wastewater Infrastructure
Act of 2021

President Joe Biden

Visit here to print 1-page flyer of laws enacted by Democrats.
(Same as above information - updated as of 4.29.2021.)

Thank a Democrat!
 

* Pillars of the Democratic Party *

James Madison is the Father of the Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson, in drawing up
America's Declaration of Independence, wrote:
"All men are created equal" and fought for religious freedom. 
Jefferson is regarded as the Father of what was to become
the First National Democratic Party.

"Ask not what your country can do for you,
but what you can do for your country."
John F. Kennedy

Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected to the Presidency for four terms, established social security.
No presidential candidate of either party has ever suggested
doing away with the Social Security Program...until 2012.

"The challenge for Democrats is to redouble our efforts to protect
every family's economic security and to make sure that all Americans
have access to a quality education, promising job opportunities
and affordable health care."
U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur - 9th District

We are the Party of the People -
committed to helping the disadvantaged.

The Democratic Party.
The Party of the Every Day People. 
For the People.  By the People.

Why the Democratic Donkey?

The now-famous Democratic Donkey was first associated with Democrat Andrew Jackson's 1828 presidentialDemocratic Donkey - 2.2021 campaign. His opponents called him a “jackass” for his populist beliefs and his ‘Let the people rule’ slogan. Entertained by his critics, Jackson decided to use the image of donkey, a strong-willed animal, on his campaign posters. Later, cartoonist Thomas Nast used the Democratic donkey in newspaper cartoons and made the symbol famous. Democrats associate with the donkey as being smart and brave.<