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Michael Sargeant became the Executive Director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in 2007.

Michael Sargeant joined the DLCC in 2001 as a political director. He became the National Political Director in 2003, where he helped Democrats make significant gains in ten legislative chambers--including several traditional “red” states such as Montana, Colorado, and North Carolina. Under his leadership, Democrats made significant gains in state legislatures in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012.

As Executive Director, Michael led the DLCC to one of its most successful election years in 2012--raising the most money in DLCC history, flipping eight Republican controlled chambers to Democratic majorities, and netting over 160 legislative seats for Democrats across the country. Key to this success has been Michael's efforts to dramatically expand the organization’s use of data, field, and communications tools, as well as increasing and improving the services the DLCC provides to caucuses and candidates.

Michael has many years of campaign experience. Before joining the DLCC, Michael was the Tennessee House Caucus director. He has also managed campaigns at almost every level of government, from mayoral to state legislature to congressional races in New Jersey, Michigan, Missouri, and California.

Entries by Michael Sargeant

Impeding Jobs: The Bad Business of the GOP's Social Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Governor Jan Brewer's moment of sanity notwithstanding, the sad spectacle of Arizona's SB 1062 -- which would have given businesses and local governments a license to discriminate against gays -- is simply more proof that Republicans would rather focus on their extreme social agenda, at the expense of jobs.

In...

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The President's Vision Depends on the States

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 9:39 AM

The president spoke eloquently in this year's State of the Union address on a number of issues critical to America's future. But I was struck this year by how much the president's vision -- any president's vision -- has come to depend on willing partners in state legislatures.

Three of...

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Finally: A Republican Prediction That Came True

(29) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 8:55 PM

I give credit when Republicans are right.

Following the 2012 elections, when Democrats made historic gains in state legislatures across the country, Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) President Chris Jankowski -- whose mission, in part, is to elect Republican state legislators -- said, "2012 was about as close to...

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The Numbers Are in: Democrats Are on the Right Side of Voters

(165) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Americans have had enough of the GOP's ideological agenda. Republicans are simply out of sync with where America is today, and the polling proves it.

Republicans continue to push additional anti-abortion bills, even though 68% of Americans think that it is time for state legislatures to stop...

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The Colorado Recall Elections vs. Common Sense

(32) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 10:50 PM

On September 10, 2013, Colorado voters in two state Senate districts will go to the polls for a special election. The central question on the ballot is whether or not to recall Colorado Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and state Senator Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) from the state legislature and,...

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North Carolina GOP Dubs Millions in Education Cuts as 'Opportunity Scholarships'

(47) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 2:05 PM

The GOP is at it again -- trying to give damaging policy ideas a pretty name in hopes that Americans will not notice that the ideas themselves are dangerous. In 2002 it was "Clear Skies," introduced by President George W. Bush as a promise to "cut power plant...

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Legislative Democrats in Strong Position Heading Into 2014

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 10:10 AM

According to Republicans, it was not supposed to be this way. Coming after the Republican victories in the 2010 midterms, Republicans convinced themselves that Election Night 2012 would bring victories across the board for the GOP. When hard data seemed to suggest the opposite, Republicans doubled down: Dick Morris proclaimed...

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Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage and Voting Rights Raise the Stakes for Democratic State Legislators

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 4:07 PM

As weeks go for the Supreme Court, this one was truly historic. First, the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and overturned Proposition 8 in California, meaning that gay and lesbian couples' love and commitment to each other will be matched with the

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Three Lies and the Ugly Truth About GOP Health Care Obstruction

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 5:11 PM

According to a recent George Mason University study, the average Republican statement analyzed by nonpartisan fact-checkers is three times more likely to be declared false than true.

Republicans, therefore, are playing the inverse of a game popular with teenagers: Instead of two truths and a lie, Republicans give...

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Democratic Legislators: Making Veterans a Priority Every Day

(7) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 2:15 PM

It was former Labor Secretary Robert Reich who said, "True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going."

This weekend we honor the American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, but our policymakers...

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On Supporting Our Mothers, Wives and Daughters

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 6:33 PM

As a father and a husband, I know the joys and difficulties of raising a child, but I also see first-hand how my wife balances both her professional career and her love and commitment for our daughter.

On Sunday we celebrated Mother's Day. But as nice as...

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Republican Legislators Blocking Access to Health Insurance Because 'It Is Good Politics to Oppose the Black Guy in the White House'

(14) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 6:50 PM

It happened again last week -- Republicans in the House of Representatives failed to dismantle a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare. House leadership cancelled a vote at the last minute after a rebellion by conservative Republicans who "spoke out against the...

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Playing Politics With the Boston Tragedy

(7) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 10:41 AM

As weeks go for America, this one has been a truly difficult one. From the bombing in Boston on Monday through the manhunt that gripped America until Friday night, most of us watched the surreal events unfold on our televisions as first responders from all over the country converged to...

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Immigration Reform and the GOP's Crisis of Sincerity

(104) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 4:46 PM

Republicans are in a bind.

On one hand, some Republican elected officials have finally realized the growing Latino population has reached an electoral "critical mass," and the GOP can no longer win elections by obstructing sensible, comprehensive immigration reform that would finally secure our borders and treat human beings like...

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