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HARRISBURG, Pa – January 9, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced that he will serve as the next president of Americans for Democratic Action (ADA).

ADA is among the most successful liberal grassroots advocacy organizations in America. Its 65,000 activists build coalitions, lobby elected officials, and produce media campaigns to advocate for progressive policies.

Founded in 1947 by, among others, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hubert Humphrey, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., the ADA advocated for civil rights in the 1940s and 1950s, education reform and anti-poverty programs in the 1960s, environmental protection in the 1960s and 1970s, and workers’ rights in the 1990s. The ADA vehemently opposed the Vietnam War and President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq and challenged the unjust economic and social policies of Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

Leach will be the ADA’s 28th president, replacing Rep. Lynn Woolsey. Former ADA presidents include U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle, Senators George McGovern and Paul D. Wellstone, and Representatives Barney Frank and John Lewis.

Comment from Leach:

“I am honored to be named president of such a storied organization and humbled by the confidence the ADA has placed in me. No organization has done more to advance progressive values over the past 70 years than the ADA. I hope to guide the ADA through this challenging time in our nation’s history in a manner consistent with the awesome legacy of those who came before me.”

Comment from ADA National Director Don Kusler:

“Senator Leach is an outspoken progressive activist and legislator. He is exactly the kind of leader ADA needs at this critical time as we seek to focus our efforts on growth in infrastructure and action at the state and local level. We are looking forward to working with him to continue to create progressive change in America.”


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