You know the general rule ‘don’t discuss politics with friends or family’ is in place for a reason. Politics are a touchy subject with some and views usually start with your party of preference – Democrat or Republican. People are passionate about their party and some don’t hesitate to let you know their opinion on the issue at hand. It’s a wonderful benefit of the democratic process otherwise known as the United States’ government. We’ll explore a little history of Senate Democratic leadership and Senate Republican leadership.
In 1792, Thomas Jefferson gained support by a group whose basis was to fight for the Bill of Rights and oppose the Federalist Party, pegged as the “elitist party”. The “party of the common man” as it was called, was officially named the Democratic-Republican Party in 1798. Jefferson was elected the first ‘Democratic’ President of the United States in 1800. In the Senate, Democratic Leadership began in 1795, with the 4th Congress. The Democratic-Republican party also became known as the Jeffersonian Party.
Andrew Jackson became an historical leader of the Democratic-Republican Party, and in support, the name became known as Jacksonian Democrats. This name remained until the 1840’s, when the National Convention simplified the name to the Democratic Party.
In 1931, the Senate Democratic leadership saw the first elected woman Senator in 1931. The Democratic Party is typically still touted as the common man’s party and has helped elect 19 Presidents to power.
The Republican Party, born in 1854, was founded by anti-slavery activists and individuals who wanted government to grant western land to settlers for free. The official name of the party shortly followed in 1856 and nominated John C. Fremont for President. Though they were a third party at this time due to the Whig Party being in power to oppose the Democrats, Fremont still received 33% of the vote. The campaign slogan was "Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont."
In the Senate, Republican leadership began in 1857 after the Whig Party dissolved. The Republicans helped Abraham Lincoln become the first Republican President in 1861. Including President Lincoln, the Republican Party has seen 18 presidents lead the country.
The current Republican Party states they are “…the party of the open door. Ours is the party of liberty, the party of equality of opportunity for all and favoritism for none.”