Governor Howard Dean
Former Governor of Vermont, former DNC Chairman
Howard Brush Dean III is an American politician and physician from Vermont. He served six terms as the 79th Governor of Vermont and ran unsuccessfully for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. Although his U.S. Presidential campaign was unsuccessful, Dean is regarded as a pioneer in raising the profile of Internet-based fundraising and grassroots organizing.
In 1991, Dean became governor of Vermont and was subsequently elected to five two-year terms, serving from 1991 to 2003, making him the second longest-serving governor in Vermont history. He formed the organization Democracy for America and later was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in February 2005. As chairman of the party, Dean created and employed the 50 State Strategy that attempted to make Democrats competitive in normally conservative states often dismissed in the past as “solid red”. In the 2008 election, Barack Obama used the 50 state strategy as the backbone of his candidacy.
Dean was named chairman emeritus of the DNC upon his retirement.
Governor Dean was hosted by The Common Good in 2012: Meet & Greet: Governor Howard Dean – February 17, 2012.