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07-BDC0 on Nov 6, 2007

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 previous membership list: 2000 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 07-BDC0

Michael Arcuri s1mNew York Democrat (until 2010) 
Joe Baca s1mCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
John Barrow s1mGeorgia Democrat 
Melissa Bean s1mIllinois Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Marion Berry s1mArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Sanford Bishop s1mGeorgia Democrat 
Dan Boren s1mOklahoma Democratic Governor Challenger 
Leonard Boswell s1mIowa Democrat 
Allen Boyd s1mFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Cardoza s1mCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Chris Carney s1mPennsylvania Democrat (Retired 2010) 
Ben Chandler s1mKentucky Democrat 
Gary Condit s1mCalifornia Democrat 
Jim Cooper s1mTennessee Democrat 
Jim Costa s1mCalifornia Democrat 
Bud Cramer s1mAlabama Democrat (Retired 2008) 
Lincoln Davis s1mTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Joe Donnelly s1mIN Democratic Challenger 
Gabby Giffords s1mArizona Democrat (Resigned 2012) 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1mNew York Democrat 
Bart Gordon s1mTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Ralph Moody Hall s1mTexas Democrat 
Jane Harman s1mCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Stephanie Herseth s1mSouth Dakota Democratic (until 2010) 
Baron Hill s1mIndiana Democrat (until 2010) 
Tim Holden s1mPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Steve Israel s1mNew York Democrat 
Nicholas Lampson s1mTexas Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
Tim Mahoney s1mFlorida Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
Jim Marshall s1mGeorgia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Jim Matheson s1mUtah Democrat 
Mike McIntyre s1mNorth Carolina Democrat 
Michael Michaud s1mMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
David Minge s1mMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Dennis Moore s1mKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
Patrick Joseph Murphy s1mPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Collin Peterson s1mMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Earl Pomeroy s1mNorth Dakota Democrat (until 2010) 
Mike Ross s1mArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 
John Salazar s1mColorado Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Loretta Sanchez s1mCalifornia Democrat 
Max Sandlin s1mTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Adam Schiff s1mCalifornia Democrat 
David Scott s1mGeorgia Democrat 
Heath Shuler s1mNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2012) 
Zack Space s1mOhio Democrat (until 2010) 
Charles Stenholm s1mTexas Democrat 
John Tanner s1mTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Gene Taylor s1mMississippi Democratic Challenger 
Mike Thompson s1mCalifornia Democrat 
Jim Turner s1mTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Charlie Wilson s1mOhio Democrat (until 2010) 



Republicans participating in 07-BDC0

Billy Tauzin s1mLouisiana Republican (Until 2004) 



Independents participating in 07-BDC0

Brad Carson s1mOK 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative 
Brad Ellsworth s1mIN 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Harold Ford s1mNY 2010 Democratic Primary Challenger; previously US Rep (TN) 
Charles Melancon s1mLA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 52
Republicans: 1
Independents: 4


















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