Our History

The Democratic Party has a long and successful history in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has gone to Democratic Presidential candidates in every election since 1988 despite heavy investments by Republicans.

In 2012, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party enjoyed a historic statewide sweep with all of its statewide candidates winning including President Obama, Senator Casey, Rob McCord, Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. Kathleen Kane's victory made her the first Democrat and first woman elected to the office of Attorney General. Democrats in the state Senate won three seats. 

In 2011, Pennsylvanians elected David Wecht to the Superior Court while Democrats won a historic victory in Montgomery County with Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards giving Democrats control of the County Comission for the first time in history. Rich Fitzgerald also defeated a self-funding opponent to become Allegheny County Executive. 

In 2010, despite a difficult national electoral environment, Democratic Congressmen Mark Critz, Tim Holden and Jason Altmire defended their seats in tough districts.

In 2008, President Barack Obama handily defeated Sen. John McCain by an 11-point margin (55 percent to 44 percent) and won in traditionally Republican strongholds such as Dauphin and Centre counties, where Democrats now outnumber Republicans. Democrats also re-elected Auditor General Jack Wagner and elected Treasurer Rob McCord.

In 2007, the Democratic Party was successful in electing Judge Seamus McCafferty to the Supreme Court, Judge Christine Donahue and Judge Debra Todd to the Superior Court. Democrats also flipped 13 county courthouses and continue increasing registration and performance.

In 2006, Governor Rendell won re-election with a commanding 60 percent to 40 percent margin while Bob Casey, Jr. easily defeated incumbent Senator Rick Santorum by nearly identical numbers, 59 percent to 41 percent.

Following the election of President Obama and the historic statewide sweep, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party continues to build upon its grassroots volunteer organization and provide valuable resources to county parties and candidates throughout the Commonwealth.

Currently, Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 1.1 million voters in Pennsylvania.