Howard Dean, former DNC Chairman, made the following statement in his farewell address:
At our Winter Meeting in 2005, you elected me as your chairman. Together we set out to rebuild our Party from the ground up in every neighborhood and every community in America.
Together, we pledged that we would never run another 18 state campaign. We promised to compete in every state, for every level of office. We promised to stand up for our Party and fight for an agenda that reflects our values. We promised to show up everywhere and ask everyone for their vote.
We promised to modernize our Party, renew our commitment to the grassroots, expand our donor base and draw young voters and new voters into the Party.
And that is exactly what we did.
Barack Obama won 9 states that President Bush won in 2004. We picked up 8 Senate seats in 2008 and 6 in 2006. We won in places like Alaska and North Carolina — states where no one thought Democrats could be competitive. But we knew better.
We picked up 24 House seats last year after winning 31 in 2006. We had 22 Democratic governors when you elected me your chairman. Today we have 29.
Our Party now controls at least 60 of the nation’s 98 state legislative chambers, which will not only impact redistricting, but will make our Party’s bench even stronger.
We brought in more than 1.1 million new donors and raised more than $330 million this cycle.
We created a national voter file for the first time in our Party’s history. We improved micro-targeting models and developed 21st century campaign tools that merged traditional organizing with new technology.
We reached out to people of faith and invested in regions of the country that hadn’t voted for Democrats in quite some time — places like the Southwest and the Southeast.
We reached out to young voters and new voters, and recommitted ourselves to seeding the grassroots of our party.
We registered millions of new voters, and brought approximately 24 million young Americans to the polls — with 66% percent of them voting for Barack Obama.
We responded to widespread electoral irregularities in 2000 and 2004 by creating a professional, year-round voter protection effort to make sure that every voter who wants to can cast their ballot and have their vote heard.
In other words, we rebuilt our Party and took our country back.
Governor Tim Kaine has been appointed by President Obama to replace Dean as DNC Chairman.