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ADA (Americans For Democratic Action)

Americans For Democratic Action

This page is about Americans For Democratic Action.


Americans for Democratic Action is a group that was created to preserve the ideals of the New Deal, continue to uphold American values, and fight the spread of communism. ADA has influenced many major American movements such as the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, women’s rights, and the Iraqi war. It was founded by after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Eleanor Roosevelt, Arthur Schesinger, Reihold Niebuhr, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Walter Reuther all of whom were key members of the Democratic Party.


ADA was founded in 1947 in Washington D.C. which remains the location of its headquarters. It has played a key role in American democracy with its involvement in elections, social reforms, and key issues. The ADA began with its support of the Civil Rights movement in the 1940s. It guided the movement in its early stages by gathering national democratic support and continued fighting throughout the 1950s. In the 1960s ADA helped establish anti-poverty programs and social equality. During the 1970s they helped create programs to protect the environment and fought hard against the social policies of Ronald Regan during the 1980s. In the 1990s they battled along side the labor force for trade and worker’s rights. Today ADA has addressed issues such as Health care reform, immigrations, tax reform, employee free choice act, education, poverty, fair trade, and environmental policies. However its key focus is fixing the problems caused by the Bush Administration and past Republican administrations.


ADA view are based on democratic action and focuses on incorporating democratic and liberal views in American policy.

Barack Obama

Since the election of Barack Obama the ADA has regained support from the White House. This will allow the group to expand nationally and gain more support towards current issues.


(From 1947 to 1973, ADA's top elected officer was called National Chairman; the title was later changed to National President.)

1947-1948 Wilson Wyatt

1948-1949 Leon Henderson

1949-1950 Senator Hubert Humphrey

1950-1953 Francis Biddle

1954-1955 Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. 
James E. Doyle (co-chairs)

1955-1957 Joseph L. Rauh, Jr.

1957-1959 Robert R. Nathan

1959-1962 Samuel H. Beer

1962-1965 John P. Roche

1965-1967 Rep. Don Edwards

1967-1969 John Kenneth Galbraith

1970-1971 Joseph Duffy

1971-1973 Rep. Allard K. Lowenstein

1974-1976 Rep. Donald M. Fraser

1976-1978 Senator George McGovern

1978-1981 Rep. Patsy T. Mink

1981-1984 Rep. Robert F. Drinan, S.J.

1984-1986 Rep. Barney Frank

1986-1989 Rep. Ted Weiss

1989-1991 Rep. Charles B. Rangel

1991-1993 Senator Paul D. Wellstone

1993-1995 Rep. John Lewis

1995-1998 Jack Sheinkman

1998-2000 Rep. Jim Jontz

2000-2008 Rep. Jim McDermott

2008-Present Richard Parker


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