Today, the Democratic Party released the names of the 15 member Platform Drafting Committee. The committee is responsible for drafting and then overseeing the amendment process for the Democratic Platform adopted at the Democratic National Convention which will take place in Philadelphia from July 25th to 28th.
Normally, the DNC chair (currently Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz) gets to appoint all 15 members of the committee.
However, during the primary election, tensions have been rising between Wasserman-Schultz and Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders has long argued that Wasserman-Schultz and the DNC have been unfair to him and overly supportive Hillary Clinton.
In an effort to sooth tensions, Wasserman-Schultz agreed to allow 11 of the spots to be picked by the Sanders and Clinton campaigns based on the current popular vote. Sanders picked five members and Clinton six. Wasserman-Schultz still will appoint the other four members.
The Democratic Party said the changes were made in an “effort to make this the most representative and inclusive process in history.”
Wasserman-Schultz named Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings as the Chair of the Drafting Committee.
Clinton’s appointees are: labor leader Paul Booth, former EPA Director Carol Browner, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, and former Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.