Meet The Gay Wunderkind Just Elected Secretary Of The DNC
In addition to choosing Tom Perez as its chair, the Democratic National Committee elected Jason Rae as its new secretary. The 27-year-old LGBT activist joined the DNC at 17, before he could even vote.
Rae beat out Wyoming Democratic Party chair Ana Cuprill; Roberta Lange, chair of the Nevada Democratic Party; and former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; for the position. His responsibilities include maintaining official records, coordinating correspondence, and communicating with DNC members. He'll also be integral in the planning and recording of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
"As secretary, I really want to get away from D.C. and make sure we are traveling the country, engaging with members, specifically members in rural parts of the country who may feel left behind and left out of the party," Rae, who works at Nation Consulting in Milwaukee, told Wisconsin Public Radio.
A graduate of Marquette University and former congressional page, Rae was the youngest superdelegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and was heavily courted by both the Clinton and Obama campaigns. He also appeared on a Daily Show segment during the campaign.
He's held leadership roles in a number of state advocacy organizations, including Wisconsin's LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission, and Fair Wisconsin, and he organized a same-sex wedding expo in Wisconsin several months before the Supreme Court's marriage equality decision.
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, the the first openly gay senator elected to Congress, congratulated Rae via Twitter.
Rae is the highest ranking gay man in the Democratic Party. South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg and Ray Buckley, the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, both ran for the chairmanship, but lost out to Perez.
h/t: Washington Blade