Dane Dems

Dane Dems 101

Dane Dems is affliliated with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. The modern Democratic Party in Wisconsin got its start in 1949, when the progressive wing of the state’s Republican Party broke away and joined Wisconsin’s Democratic Party. Over the next decade, Democrats, invigorated by the new blood brought into the party by those progressives, racked up an impressive series of wins. This included the election of the first Democratic governor and U.S. senator, knocking out Joe McCarthy.


Since that time, the Democratic Party of Dane County has fought for those same progressive principles–rallying against unjust wars, fighting along with our labor and environmental allies on issues impacting workers’ rights and wages and our shared natural environment. We’ve taken a lead in the Wisconsin Democratic Party to ensure openness for all party members in our decision-making processes.

This short video does an excellent job of explaining the basics of how the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and Dane Dems work. 

Other Democratic Party Units

While Dane Dems is the Democratic party specific to Dane County, there are other Democratic parties also working for residents of Dane County. Please note that while these and other Democratic parties, committees, and candidates share a set of values and often share resources, we do not operate in lockstep, nor do we control each other.