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March 6, 2020 – March 7, 2020
Ramada Convention Center • 420 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66607
Join us for our annual convention, the largest gathering of Democrats in the state.
Get your tickets for the Saturday luncheon and banquet! All other Washington Days events are free to attend.
The Washington Days scholarship is open to all Kansas Democrats who have a financial limitation preventing them from purchasing a banquet or luncheon ticket.
Since William Jennings Bryan spoke at the inaugural convention in 1905, leaders such as Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, Edward Kennedy, John Glenn, Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Lewis, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Bernie Sanders have rallied Kansas Democrats at the event.

More details to come

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What usually happens at Washington Days?

A brief rundown of the standard Washington Days program!

As with anything more than 100-years-old, no Washington Days is exactly the same. Some years we have keynote speakers at the same location as the rest of the festivities, other times we move to a larger venue (twice in the 1940s we didn’t have a featured speaker!), but in recent years, the KDP has built a general frame for our largest yearly convention. Here’s a quick – but not all-encompassing – guide to what you can expect:

Friday

Everything kicks off Friday afternoon and runs through the evening, so you don’t need to worry about arriving at a particular time. There are formal meetings on Friday, but they’re mostly executive meetings – if you need to be there, you probably already know! For everyone else, Friday night is mainly the party.

When you get there, head to registration to pick up your name tag, program, and any other materials available. Then, join the mingling crowds for the party. Various counties, congressional districts, and supportive groups host hospitality rooms featuring food, drinks, and socializing. It’s all free, but tips are welcome, so bring a handful of small bills. It’s a great chance to chat with Democrats from all over the state. Also, don’t miss the tables in the atrium hosted by different groups and causes. Later in the night is the dance (dress is casual and the music is upbeat!).

Saturday

Business starts early on Saturday with a series of caucus and congressional district meetings. What exactly takes place at the meetings will vary, but it usually includes electing a new set of officers (reorganizing), going over activities carried out since the last time everyone got together, or working on new plans going forward. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings, whether they’re a member of the caucus or not, but if any voting happens, only caucus members can participate. It’s useful to have some means of organizing paper, since you’ll be handed a lot of information, and some way to take brief notes. After these meetings is the luncheon. There are some guest speakers as well as a keynote during the meal.

After lunch comes the state committee meeting process, which starts with credentialing of delegates.  Credentialing is the process of determining which of the delegates and alternates are present, and seating any needed alternates as voting members. It can take a while to get everyone checked in and counted, so if you were an elected delegate or alternate from your congressional district meeting, be sure to get there on time. If you’re observing, just hang out until everyone else is seated, then you can go in and watch. The exact agenda will vary, but expect it to last 2-3 hours.

When the committee meeting is over, there’s a couple hours for networking, relaxing, or changing into dressier clothes before the evening banquet. The banquet features good company, a dynamic keynote speaker, food, drinks, and dessert. The banquet is usually the end of all scheduled activities.

– Contributed by Shannon Skoglund

Past Washington Days Speakers 

An annual tradition more than a century strong…

1905 – Rep. William Jennings Bryan, Nebraska

1906 – Gov. Joseph Folk, Missouri

1907 – Gov. Ashton C. Shallenberger, Nebraska

1908 – Rep. William Jennings Bryan, Nebraska

1909 – Rep. William Patterson Borland, Missouri

1910 – Gov. C.S. Thomas, Colorado

1911 – Sen. J.A. Reed, Missouri

1912 – Gov. Woodrow Wilson, New Jersey

1913 – Gov. A.M. Dockery, Missouri

1914 – Gov. John Burke, North Dakota

1915 – Fred J. Close, Troy, Kansas

1916 – Gov. John Morehead, Nebraska

1917 – A.D. Nortani, Missouri

1918 – Henderson Martin, Kansas

1919 – Sam Amidon, Kansas

1920 – A. Mitchell Palmer, New York

1921 – John B. Pew, Missouri

1922 – Finis J. Garrett, Tennessee

1923 – H.T. Rainey, Illinois

1924 – J.R. Files, Iowa

1925 – Chauncey B. Little, Kansas

1926 – C.M. Hay, Missouri

1927 – Cordell Hull, Tennessee

1928 – Sen. J.A. Reed, Missouri

1929 – George H. Combs, Missouri

1930 – Jouett Shouse, Kansas

1931 – Gov. W.H. Murray, Oklahoma

1932 – Paul V. McNutt, Oklahoma

1933 – Scott W. Lucas, Illinois

1934 – Sen. George McGill, Kansas

1935 – Sen. Aben W. Barkley, Kentucky

1936 – James A. Farley, New York

1937 – Gov. W.A. Huxman, Kansas

1938 – Joseph B. Keenan, Washington, D.C.

1939 – Robert H. Jackson, New York

1940 – Harry H. Woodring, Kansas

1941 – Sen. Claude Pepper, Florida

1942 – Sen. Albert B. Chandler, Kentucky

1944 – Sen. Harry S. Truman, Missouri

1946 – Gov. Robert S. Kerr, Oklahoma

1947 – Mayor William O’Dwyer, New York

1948 – Gael Sullivan, Washington, D.C.

1949 – J. Howard McGrath, Missouri

1950 – William M. Boyle, Missouri

1951 – Vice President Alben W. Barkley

1952 – Charles R. Brannan, Colorado

1953 – Sen. Thos C. Hennings Jr., Missouri

1954 – Sen. Al Gore Sr., Tennessee

1955 – Gov. G. Mennen Williams, Michigan

1956 – DNC Chair Paul M. Butler

1957 – President Harry S. Truman

1958 – Gov. Herschel C. Loveless, Iowa

1959 – Gov. Stuart Symington, Missouri

1960 – Gov. Chester Bowles, Connecticut

1961 – Rep. J. Floyd Breeding, Kansas

1962 – Gov. Matthew E. Welsh, Indiana

1963 – Gov. Jack B. Campbell, New Mexico

1964 – Rep. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., New York

1965 – Gov. Frank B. Morrison, Nebraska

1966 – Sen. Fred R. Harris, Oklahoma

1967 – Gov. Robert B. Docking, Kansas

1968 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall

1969 – Sen. Birch Bayh, Indiana

1970 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1971 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1972 – Henry M. Jackson, Washington

1973 – Robert S. Strauss, Texas

1974 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1975 – Gov. Jimmy Carter, Georgia

1976 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1977 – Rep. Andy Jacobs, Indiana

1978 – DNC Chair John C. White

1979 – Gov. John Carlin, Kansas

1980 – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts

1981 – Gov. John Carlin, Kansas

1982 – Sen. John Glenn, Ohio

1983 – Sen. Gary Hart, Colorado

1984 – DNC Vice Chair Lynn Cutler

1985 – Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri

1986 – Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa

1987 – Gov. Charles S. Robb, Virginia

1988 – Gov. Bill Clinton, Arkansas

1989 – Sen. Al Gore Jr., Tennessee

1990 – Rep. William H. Gray III, Pennsylvania

1991 – Gov. Joan Finney, Kansas

1992 – Gov. Roy Romer, Colorado

1993 – Rep. John Lewis, Georgia

1994 – Gov. Evan Bayh, Indiana

1995 – Rep. Dan Glickman, Kansas

1996 – Rep. Steny Hoyer, Maryland

1997 – Sen. Paul Wellstone, Minnesota

1998 – Jim Hightower

1999 – Bill Press

2000 – Al From

2001 – Sen. Joe Biden, Delaware

2002 – Sen. Jean Carnahan, Missouri

2003 – Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas

2004 – Gen. Wesley Clark, Arkansas

2005 – Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina

2006 – Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois

2007 – President Bill Clinton

2008 – Gov. Tim Kaine, Virginia

2009 – Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Montana

2010 – Rep. Mike Honda, California

2011 – Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri

2012 – Gov. Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania

2013 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

2014 – Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Michigan

2015 – Gov. Martin O’Malley, Maryland

2016 – Rep. Dan Glickman, Kansas & Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas

2017 – Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont

2018 – Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana

2019 – Sen. Jon Tester, Montana

Past Washington Days Speakers 

1905 – Rep. William Jennings Bryan, Nebraska

1906 – Gov. Joseph Folk, Missouri

1907 – Gov. Ashton C. Shallenberger, Nebraska

1908 – Rep. William Jennings Bryan, Nebraska

1909 – Rep. William Patterson Borland, Missouri

1910 – Gov. C.S. Thomas, Colorado

1911 – Sen. J.A. Reed, Missouri

1912 – Gov. Woodrow Wilson, New Jersey

1913 – Gov. A.M. Dockery, Missouri

1914 – Gov. John Burke, North Dakota

1915 – Fred J. Close, Troy, Kansas

1916 – Gov. John Morehead, Nebraska

1917 – A.D. Nortani, Missouri

1918 – Henderson Martin, Kansas

1919 – Sam Amidon, Kansas

1920 – A. Mitchell Palmer, New York

1921 – John B. Pew, Missouri

1922 – Finis J. Garrett, Tennessee

1923 – H.T. Rainey, Illinois

1924 – J.R. Files, Iowa

1925 – Chauncey B. Little, Kansas

1926 – C.M. Hay, Missouri

1927 – Cordell Hull, Tennessee

1928 – Sen. J.A. Reed, Missouri

1929 – George H. Combs, Missouri

1930 – Jouett Shouse, Kansas

1931 – Gov. W.H. Murray, Oklahoma

1932 – Paul V. McNutt, Oklahoma

1933 – Scott W. Lucas, Illinois

1934 – Sen. George McGill, Kansas

1935 – Sen. Aben W. Barkley, Kentucky

1936 – James A. Farley, New York

1937 – Gov. W.A. Huxman, Kansas

1938 – Joseph B. Keenan, Washington, D.C.

1939 – Robert H. Jackson, New York

1940 – Harry H. Woodring, Kansas

1941 – Sen. Claude Pepper, Florida

1942 – Sen. Albert B. Chandler, Kentucky

1944 – Sen. Harry S. Truman, Missouri

1946 – Gov. Robert S. Kerr, Oklahoma

1947 – Mayor William O’Dwyer, New York

1948 – Gael Sullivan, Washington, D.C.

1949 – J. Howard McGrath, Missouri

1950 – William M. Boyle, Missouri

1951 – Vice President Alben W. Barkley

1952 – Charles R. Brannan, Colorado

1953 – Sen. Thos C. Hennings Jr., Missouri

1954 – Sen. Al Gore Sr., Tennessee

1955 – Gov. G. Mennen Williams, Michigan

1956 – DNC Chair Paul M. Butler

1957 – President Harry S. Truman

1958 – Gov. Herschel C. Loveless, Iowa

1959 – Gov. Stuart Symington, Missouri

1960 – Gov. Chester Bowles, Connecticut

1961 – Rep. J. Floyd Breeding, Kansas

1962 – Gov. Matthew E. Welsh, Indiana

1963 – Gov. Jack B. Campbell, New Mexico

1964 – Rep. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., New York

1965 – Gov. Frank B. Morrison, Nebraska

1966 – Sen. Fred R. Harris, Oklahoma

1967 – Gov. Robert B. Docking, Kansas

1968 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall

1969 – Sen. Birch Bayh, Indiana

1970 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1971 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1972 – Henry M. Jackson, Washington

1973 – Robert S. Strauss, Texas

1974 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1975 – Gov. Jimmy Carter, Georgia

1976 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1977 – Rep. Andy Jacobs, Indiana

1978 – DNC Chair John C. White

1979 – Gov. John Carlin, Kansas

1980 – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts

1981 – Gov. John Carlin, Kansas

1982 – Sen. John Glenn, Ohio

1983 – Sen. Gary Hart, Colorado

1984 – DNC Vice Chair Lynn Cutler

1985 – Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri

1986 – Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa

1987 – Gov. Charles S. Robb, Virginia

1988 – Gov. Bill Clinton, Arkansas

1989 – Sen. Al Gore Jr., Tennessee

1990 – Rep. William H. Gray III, Pennsylvania

1991 – Gov. Joan Finney, Kansas

1992 – Gov. Roy Romer, Colorado

1993 – Rep. John Lewis, Georgia

1994 – Gov. Evan Bayh, Indiana

1995 – Rep. Dan Glickman, Kansas

1996 – Rep. Steny Hoyer, Maryland

1997 – Sen. Paul Wellstone, Minnesota

1998 – Jim Hightower

1999 – Bill Press

2000 – Al From

2001 – Sen. Joe Biden, Delaware

2002 – Sen. Jean Carnahan, Missouri

2003 – Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas

2004 – Gen. Wesley Clark, Arkansas

2005 – Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina

2006 – Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois

2007 – President Bill Clinton

2008 – Gov. Tim Kaine, Virginia

2009 – Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Montana

2010 – Rep. Mike Honda, California

2011 – Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri

2012 – Gov. Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania

2013 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

2014 – Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Michigan

2015 – Gov. Martin O’Malley, Maryland

2016 – Rep. Dan Glickman, Kansas & Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas

2017 – Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont

2018 – Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana

2019 – Sen. Jon Tester, Montana

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