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In August 2008, the Obama for America presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee announced the creation of a special commission to recommend changes to the Party’s 2012 presidential nominating process. Ultimately, the National Convention passed a resolution establishing this panel as the "Democratic Change Commission".

This March, DNC Chairman Governor Tim Kaine announced the membership of the Democratic Change Commission, which will work to carry out President Obama’s goals of growing the Democratic Party by improving our nominating system and ensuring as many people as possible are able to participate.

The Commission is made up of a diverse mix of DNC members, elected officials, representatives of State Parties, academics, organized labor officials, grassroots activists and other Party leaders. The Commission will meet throughout the year and issue its report and recommendations to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee no later than January 1, 2010.

Please check back regularly for updated Democratic Change Commission information.

Gov. Kaine Names Democratic Change Commission To Recommend Changes to 2012 Presidential Nominating Process

Congressman James E. Clyburn and Senator Claire McCaskill to Serve as Co-Chairs, Kaine Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, Governor Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, announced the 37 member Democratic Change Commission, which will recommend changes to the Democratic Party’s rules for the 2012 presidential nominating and delegate selection process. Governor Kaine also announced that he has named Congressman James E. Clyburn of South Carolina and Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri as Co-Chairs of the Change Commission.

“This Commission will focus on reform that improves the presidential nominating process to put voters first and ensure that as many people as possible can participate,” said Kaine. “I want to thank all the members of the Commission who have agreed to serve, including Congressman Clyburn and Senator McCaskill who have graciously agreed to serve as co-chairs.”

Governor Kaine went on to say that he hopes to work with the Republican National Committee on a common approach that puts voters first.

President Obama first announced his intention to form the Democratic Change Commission in August 2008, during his presidential campaign. Delegates to the Democratic National Convention adopted President Obama’s proposal on Monday, August 25, 2008.

The Democratic Change Commission will address three issues: 1) changing the window of time during which primaries and caucuses may be held 2) reducing the number of superdelegates and 3) improving the caucus system. A copy of the convention resolution establishing the Commission is below. The Commission must issue its report and recommendations to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee no later than January 1, 2010.

The Commission is made up of 35 members and two co-chairs and represents a diverse mix of DNC members, elected officials, representatives of State Parties, academics, labor, business, grassroots activists and other Party leaders.

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