Democratic AGs at the 2020 DNC Convention

August 14, 2020

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Democratic AGs are the backbone of the Democratic party.  As the most diverse coalition of Democratic AGs in history, they continue to serve as the most effective elected leaders protecting our democracy. Former California AG and current U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’ selection as the Vice Presidential nominee further underscores the importance of the Dem AG coalition and the critical role these leaders play in the future of our country.  In June, all 23 elected Democratic AGs came together to endorse Joe Biden for President. With the Biden-Harris ticket, Democrats are on the path to big wins up and down the ticket.

Throughout the DNC Convention week, Democratic AGs will be participating in a number of events focused on the emerging issues this election. All events noted below are listed on the Democratic National Convention Coalitions & Partner Organizations: Schedule of Events.


WHAT: “Meeting the Moment—and the Movement: Democratic Attorneys General, Policing, and Protests”

WHEN: Monday, August 17th at 4:00pm ET/3:00pm CT


  • Delaware AG Kathy Jennings
  • Illinois AG Kwame Raoul
  • Minnesota AG Keith Ellison
  • Nevada AG Aaron Ford, DAGA Executive Committee
  • Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum, DAGA Co-Chair

LIVE STREAM: DAGA Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

BACKGROUND: The panel will discuss the fundamental role Democratic Attorneys General play in protecting the voice of the people, serving as administers of justice, and fighting to transform policing in America. The panel will also discuss recent federal overreach of “undercover” officers, ongoing prosecutions & investigations, and the role of state AGs as the chief law enforcement officers in their states.

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WHAT: DAGA and NEA’s “Virtual Reality: Back to School COVID Edition. The Fight to Protect Students and Families When the White House Fails”

WHEN: Tuesday, August 18th at 12:30pm ET/1:30pm CT


  • NEA President Lily Eskelsen García
  • NEA Black Caucus treasurer Gina Harris
  • Michigan AG Dana Nessel
  • North Carolina AG Josh Stein

LIVE STREAM: DAGA Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

BACKGROUND: DAGA and the National Education Association (NEA) will host a panel discussion on how Democrats, particularly Democratic Attorneys General, are responding to the COVID crisis, how they have used their offices to push for safe protocols for reopening schools, what steps need to be taken to protect students, educators, and families, and the challenges that schools and educators face with fewer resources.

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WHAT: DNCC Virtual Policy Panel: Respecting Rule of Law and Protecting an Independent Judiciary

WHEN: Tuesday, August 18th at 2:30 PM ET/1:30PM CT


  • California AG Xavier Becerra, DAGA Executive Committee
  • Colorado AG Phil Weiser

BACKGROUND: Join this briefing to hear from state attorneys general and leading advocates who have been leading those efforts to ensure partisan politics do not influence judicial conduct or judgment.

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WEDNESDAY, August 19th

WHAT: DAGA “The Power of Democratic AGs in Upholding the Rule of Law”

WHEN: Wednesday, August 19th at 11:00 AM ET /10:00 AM CT


  • Connecticut AG William Tong, DAGA Executive Committee
  • Maryland AG Brian Frosh
  • New York AG Tish James
  • Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro, DAGA Executive Committee
  • Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, DAGA Co-Chair
  • Vermont AG TJ Donovan
  • Julia Larkin, Moderator, College Democrats of America Programs Director

LIVE STREAM: DAGA Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

BACKGROUND: Without Democratic AGs, the country would look and feel very different four years into a Trump presidency. The panel will highlight the Dem AG victories taking on Trump and protecting the Obama-Biden legacy including protecting DACA, stopping the citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 Census, the battle to protect health care, and countless other wins. The panel will also discuss Dem AG leadership on COVID-19 and healthcare, immigration, reproductive rights, education, and criminal justice reform.

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Together, Dem AGs have filed more than 100 lawsuits against the Trump administration attacks on the Obama-Biden legacy with an 80% success rate in court. They defended the DACA program at the U.S. Supreme Court, kept a discriminatory citizenship question off the 2020 Census, defeated Trump’s Muslim Ban (twice), and have taken more than 300 major actions to protect the environment and combat climate change. They are fighting to save the Affordable Care Act from GOP attacks, protecting reproductive rights, safeguarding worker protections, and standing up for our most vulnerable communities.

For too long, Democratic AGs flew under-the-radar in the broader policy and political conversations happening at the state and national level. In 2016, with the relaunch of the Democratic Attorneys General Association, there was a sea change in attention paid to this critical office.

  • Today Democratic AGs are FRONT AND CENTER when it comes to our party and our current political and policy landscape.
  • Since 2016, Democrats AGs won in record numbers in states across the country. Democratic AGS won SEVEN battleground races including two states carried by Trump in 2016.
  • In 2018, Democratic AGs elected the most diverse coalition of state AGs in history.
  • Democratic AGs represent 25 states, a majority of the US population, and states responsible for a majority of GDP.

The cliff notes version: Democrats know how to beat Trump in court and at the ballot box.

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