About Us

Founded in 1997, the center-left New Democrat Coalition is made up of nearly 100 pragmatic House Democrats who work across the aisle and across the Capitol to advance innovative, inclusive, and forward-looking policies. Representing almost half the Democratic Caucus, New Dems are united behind a mission to build an economy that works for every American.

New Dems work to bridge the partisan divide with a solutions-oriented approach to politics. The Coalition’s primary goal is to find workable solutions to the most pressing issues facing our nation—from ensuring every American has access to quality health care to increasing affordable housing in every community. New Dems have shown time and again how lawmakers can make real progress in Congress. And real progress is what’s truly progressive. That’s why New Dems are the ‘Can Do Caucus.’

New Dems are united behind policies focused on:

  • Building an economy that grows the middle class and gives every American the opportunity to succeed
  • Combating climate change and accelerating the transition to a clean energy future
  • Increasing access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans
  • Strengthening American competitiveness on the global stage
  • Advancing our national interests and strengthening our national security

For more than a quarter century, under both Democratic and Republican administrations and in both the House minority and the majority, New Dems have consistently delivered for the American people.

As a Coalition, New Dems have been essential to supporting and passing transformative legislation, including:

  • The Bipartisan Budget Agreement (2023)
  • The Inflation Reduction Act (2022)
  • The CHIPS and Science Act (2022)
  • The PACT Act (2022)
  • The Safer Communities Act (2022)
  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (2021)
  • USMCA (2018)
  • The Bipartisan Budget Act (2013)
  • The Jobs Act (2012)
  • The Affordable Care Act (2010)
  • Cash for Clunkers (2010)
  • Korea-US Trade Agreement (2010)
  • Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010)
  • Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (2008)

This Congress, the NDC is led by a 10 Member Leadership Team:

  • Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) Chair
  • Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03) Vice Chair for Member Services 
  • Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06)  Vice Chair for Policy  
  • Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) Vice Chair for Communications   
  • Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) Vice Chair for Outreach  
  • Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33) Leadership Member  
  • Rep. Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) Leadership Member
  • Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03) Whip 
  • Rep. Nikki Budzinski (IL-13) Freshman Leadership Representative    
  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) Chair Emeritus