Mark Brewer, Vice Chair, Chairman ASDC
Mark Brewer was elected President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs in June 2003.
Active in the Michigan Democratic Party
for over 25 years, Mark Brewer
has an extensive record of successful grassroots activity.
A 1973 graduate of Mount Clemens High School, Brewer obtained his A.B. with Honors from Harvard College in 1977 and his law degree from Stanford University Law School in 1981.
After working for two years for federal and state courts, he joined Sachs, Waldman, O'Hare, Helveston, Hodges and Barnes, PC in 1983, becoming a shareholder in 1989.
He resigned from the firm upon becoming Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.
Brewer received his start in politics as a summer intern for Congressman David Bonior in 1977 and was involved in every reelection campaign of Congressman Bonior until 2000.
From 1984 until 1993, Brewer served as President of the Clinton Township Democratic Club.
The largest Township in Michigan, Clinton Township is home to nearly 90,000 residents and is a key political battleground in Macomb County, itself a key to winning Michigan elections.
Under Brewer's leadership, the Democratic Club
became one of the most influential Clubs in the County and it served as a model for the creation of other clubs in Macomb County.
In 1983, Brewer also became a member of the former 12th Congressional District Democratic Committee, and joined the Executive Board in 1987.
In 1992, he
received the Committee's
first Outstanding Service Award for his
In 1993, Brewer
was elected Chair of the 10th District, the successor to the 12th District following reapportionment.
Brewer also has been a member of the Macomb County Democratic Committee since 1982, and an Executive Committee member from 1986 until 1997.
He was elected Treasurer in 1990 and served in that role until 1993.
In addition to these activities, Brewer has served as a Precinct Delegate, been active in Michigan Young Democrats, been a delegate to local, state and national conventions, and has been involved in many local, state, congressional, and ballot question campaigns in every role including campaign manager.
served from 1983 until 1995 as Assistant General Counsel to the Michigan Democratic Party
, handling many matters such as reapportionment, election law, campaign finance law, recounts, interpretations of the Party's rules, election day legal counseling, defamation claims, and service as parliamentarian at several Party Conventions.
In February 1995, Brewer was elected Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.
was reelected in February 1997, February 1999, and February 2001.
was elected Executive Chair in February 2003.
He is President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, and also a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, serving on both the Rules and Bylaws, and Executive Committees.
He was a delegate to the 1996 and 2000 Democratic National Conventions and served as Chair of the Michigan delegations.
other accomplishments as Chair of the MDP
, Michigan Democrats have carried the state for the Democratic Presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000, upset GOP Senator Spence Abraham in 2000, elected Governor Granholm in 2002, used ballot questions as part of their campaign strategy and developed innovative programs to turn out absentee and young voters.
was also the principal author of the MDP's
1996, 2000 and 2004 Delegate Selections Plans, the latter two of which included an innovative Vote by Mail feature which allowed Michigan Democrats to cast votes by mail to select the party's presidential nominee.
has also expanded the Party's constituencies, improved its fundraising, revised the MDP's
Rules, upgraded its technology and has expanded the MDP's
communications and research efforts.
has testified on election and campaign finance issues before the Michigan Legislature
and Michigan government agencies, in federal court and before the Federal Election Commission
Brewer has also been a guest lecturer on political parties and the political process at Oakland University, University of Michigan, and University of Michigan-Dearborn.