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    This page lists memberships in organizations, for elected officials. Each organization determines its own rules for membership.

00-BDC0 on Nov 7, 2000

Membership Roster: of the Blue Dog Coalition:
Source: Blue Dog Coalition web site
The 32 conservative and moderate Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition hail from every region of the country, although the group acknowledges some southern ancestry which accounts for the group’s nickname. Taken from the South’s longtime description of a party loyalist as one who would vote for a yellow dog if it were on the ballot as a Democrat, the “Blue Dog” moniker was taken by members of The Coalition because their moderate-to-conservative-views had been “choked blue” by their party in the years leading up to the 1994 election.

The Coalition was formed in the 104th Congress as a common sense, bridge-building voice. Since then, the Blue Dogs have successfully injected a moderate viewpoint into the Democratic Caucus. The continuing political success of “Blue Pups” in the 1998 and 2000 elections points to the public’s approval of the centrist, fiscally responsible message represented by The Coalition.

The Coalition has been particularly active on fiscal issues, relentlessly pursuing a balanced budget and then protecting that achievement from politically popular “raids” on the budget.

The Coalition’s proposals on welfare reforms served as middle-ground markers which laid the foundation for the bipartisanship necessary to bring about fundamental reforms, and helped set into law policies reflecting the “common sense, conservative compassion” so often attached to the group’s efforts.

In the 107th Congress, the Coalition intends to continue to make a difference in Congress by forging middle-ground, bipartisan answers to the current challenges facing the Country. A top priority will be to finish the job of truly balancing the budget without counting the Social Security trust funds. Other early efforts will include campaign finance reform, strengthening Social Security, and health care reform. The group also expects to be involved in education, regulatory reform, taxes, defense and veterans affairs.

Also see more recent membership: 2007 Blue Dog Coalition


  • Topic: Principles & Values
  • Headline: Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 00-BDC0

Ralph Moody Hall s1mTexas Democrat 
William Lipinski s1mIllinois Democrat (Until 2004) 
Ken Lucas s1mKentucky Democrat (Until 2004) 
David Phelps s1mIllinois Democrat 
Ronnie Shows s1mMississippi Democrat 
Norman Sisisky s1mVirginia Democrat 
Charles Stenholm s1mTexas Democrat 
Ellen Tauscher s1mCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 



Republicans participating in 00-BDC0



Independents participating in 00-BDC0

Harold Ford s1mNY 2010 Democratic Primary Challenger; previously US Rep (TN) 
Chris John s1cLA 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 8
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2


















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