What is a State Committee Person / District Leader?
State Committee Person also often goes by the title of District Leader. A State Committee person is an unpaid elected official who serves on the Executive Committee of a County political Party for a two-year term.
In Kings County (Brooklyn), registered Democrats are responsible for electing two Democratic State Committee persons, one male and one female, in each New York State Assembly District. There are 21 New York State Assembly Districts in Brooklyn and thus there are 42 Democratic State Committee persons.
Key Responsibilities of a State Committeeman
- Galvanize Residents to Become More Involved in Community Affairs: The State Committee person is a local liaison between the community and city, state and federal elected officials. A strong State Committee person should be an effective advocate and activist for the leading issues impacting the neighborhood.
- Select the Brooklyn Democratic Party Leader: The 42 State Committee persons vote to elect the leader of the Brooklyn Democratic Party. Considering three of the past four party leaders have been indicted on charges of corruption – this is a critically important function.
- Determine Slate of Democratic Judicial Candidates: The 42 State Committeepersons are charged with reviewing and endorsing Democratic judicial candidates. State Committeepersons can reform the notorious Brooklyn Democratic judicial selection.
- Endorse Candidates for Local Office: As members of the Executive Committee of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, the 42 State Committee persons vote to endorse candidates for elective office within in Brooklyn, as well as for citywide, statewide, and national offices.
- Represent Brooklyn at New York State Democratic Convention: The State Committee persons are the Brooklyn Democratic Party’s delegates to the State Convention. At this convention, the State Committee persons vote to endorse candidates for Statewide office.
Additionally the District leaders hire poll workers and election inspectors for the primary, special, and general elections.