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Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Convention, today announced his intention to nominate four distinguished leaders to be the Permanent Chair and Co-Chairs of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Chair of the Democratic Governors Association; Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, President of the National Conference of State Legislatures; and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors will be nominated to serve in these important leadership roles. 

“I am honored by the nomination and look forward to serving with these distinguished women who represent the best in leadership in government and in our country, “said Mayor Franklin.

Pelosi will be nominated as Permanent Convention Chair, while Sebelius, Van de Putte and Franklin will be nominated as Permanent Convention Co-Chairs.

This distinguished group of strong Democratic leaders from all levels of government exemplifies the vision, values and commitment to America 's future that the
Democratic National Convention will showcase in Denver .

The recommendations by Governor Dean will be presented to the Convention Rules Committee next summer and then voted on by the delegates to the 2008 Convention at the opening session.  The Permanent Chair and Co-Chairs preside over the Convention proceedings, ensuring order, decorum and efficiency as the party nominates its presidential and vice presidential candidates, adopts the National Platform and conducts other important business.

“Our party is bringing a new kind of leadership to our country at all levels,” said Governor Dean.  “We are very fortunate to have such a distinguished group of strong Democratic leaders chairing our convention.  I want to thank Speaker Pelosi, Governor Sebelius, Senator Van de Putte and Mayor Franklin for their commitment to
putting our presidential nominee on the path to victory in the November 2008 election.”

About the Convention Chair and Co-Chairs (nominees):

Shirley Franklin has served as Mayor of Atlanta since 2001, when she became the first female mayor of Atlanta and the first African American woman to serve as mayor of a major southern city. She is the first woman to chair the National Conference of Democratic Mayors. Franklin has restored financial stability with five balanced budgets and healthy reserves, and implemented the strongest ethics reform program in the state.

Nancy Pelosi is the first woman to serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Before assuming this position in January 2007, Pelosi served for the last four years as House Democratic Leader and was the first woman to lead a major political party in Congress.  She has represented California ’s Eighth District since 1987.

Kathleen Sebelius was first sworn in as governor of Kansas in January 2003 and in 2005 was named
one of America ’s Five Best Governors by Time Magazine.  She was re-elected to a second term in 2006 and currently serves as Chair of the Democratic Governors Association.  Sebelius previously served four terms in the Kansas House of Representatives and two terms as the states insurance commissioner.

Leticia Van de Putte is the first Hispanic woman to serve as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures – a position she has held since 2006.  Representing a large portion of San Antonio , Van de Putte has been elected to four terms in the Texas Senate, following five terms as a state representative.





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