Unity Reform Commission
The panel was created at the party’s national convention in July as a last-minute compromise between supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and those of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who were demanding the elimination of super-delegates from presidential primaries.
The commission will now begin the process of discussing reforms to the party’s presidential nominating process, including hot-button issues like the role of super-delegates and caucuses. It will present its recommendations to the DNC by January 2018.
“At the 2016 convention, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and national delegates agreed that in order to capture the energy of Democrats from across the country it is critical that we enhance the nominating process that continues to embrace the big tent of our party,” Perez said in a statement. “This includes everyone, from lifelong Democrats to 18-year-olds who cast their first ballot in 2016.”
“A Democratic Party that gives every Democrat a voice in the process will make enormous gains from the school board to the Senate this cycle and it will take back the White House in 2020,” he continued. “We already see this incredible energy in a number of highly competitive races across the country.”
Below is a complete list of the commission members:
- Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Chair, District of Columbia; partner, Precision Strategies
- Larry Cohen, Vice Chair, District of Columbia; chair of Our Revolution and former president of the Communication Workers of America
- Charlie Baker, Massachusetts; president of Dewey Square Group and former chief administrative officer of the Clinton campaign
- Jan Bauer, Iowa; Iowa Democratic National Committeewoman and Clinton supporter
- Jeff Berman, District of Columbia, former Clinton campaign consultant
- Lucy Flores, California, former Nevada Assemblywoman and Sanders supporter
- Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Clinton supporter
- Maya Harris, New York, former senior policy adviser, Clinton campaign
- David Huynh, Louisiana; former Clinton campaign director of delegate operations and ballot access
- Elaine Kamarck, Massachusetts; senior fellow, Brookings Institution
- Jane Kleeb, Nebraska Democratic Party Chair; Sanders supporter and Our Revolution board member
- Nomiki Konst, New York; investigative reporter for the Young Turks and former Sanders convention delegate
- Yvette Lewis, Maryland Democratic National Committeewoman and Clinton supporter
- Gus Newport, California; former mayor of Berkeley, California and Sanders supporter
- Jorge Neri, Illinois; former Clinton campaign Nevada state director
- James Roosevelt, Jr., Massachusetts; president of Tufts Health Plan and co-chair of the Democratic national convention Rules and Bylaws Committee
- Emmy Ruiz, Texas; former Clinton campaign Colorado state director
- Nina Turner, Former Ohio State Senator , Sanders convention delegate and Our Revolution board member
- Jeff Weaver, Virginia; former Sanders campaign chair
- Wellington Webb, Colorado; former Denver mayor and Clinton supporter
- James Zogby, District of Columbia; founder of the Arab American Institute and Sanders supporter
The 21-member commission includes nine members selected by Clinton, seven members picked by Sanders, three picked by Perez, and the chair and vice chair ― selected by Clinton and Sanders, respectively.
Aside from Chair Jen O’Malley Dillon, a Clinton pick, the breakdown of the members selected by Perez and Clinton is not public.
Sanders had also already named his selections to the commission. They are Larry Cohen, the vice chair; former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner; former Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver; former Sanders New York delegate Nomiki Konst; James Zogby, founder of the Arab-American Institute; former Berkeley, California Mayor Gus Newport; former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores; and Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb.
The DNC declined to name the three members Perez picked and a spokesman for Clinton did not respond to a request for information on her appointments.