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Profile of Howard Dean, Democratic Party Chair
Dean led Democrats in fundraising in the early stages of the 2004 campaign by generating $25 million mainly in small donations over the internet. He is famously remembered for his enthusiastic yell on January 19, 2004 after losing the Iowa Democratic caucusesRecent Notoriety: Governor Dean is the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, succeeding Terry McAuliffe. As chairman, he is lead spokesman and fundraiser for the party. The choice will be officially made on February 12 by 447 voting members of the Democratic National committee.
In Dean's campaign words, he represented "the Democratic wing of the Democratic party." He now represents all wings of the party.Major Areas of Interest: Howard Dean is a fiscal moderate who always balanced his state's budget, and strongly believes in fiscal spending restraint. Despite his centrist views on many issues, Dean is best known for his opposition to the US plan to invade Iraq and related anti-war posture. He was also the nation's first governor to sign civil unions legislation into law.Prior Experience: Howard Dean is a licensed physician who joined his wife, Dr. Judy Steinberg, in a family practice from 1981 to 1991. Dean's political career started with a 1981 campaign to build a local bike path. He was elected to Vermont House of Representatives in 1982 and Lt Governor in 1986. In 1991, while examining a patient, Dean got word that the Governor had died. Dean was elected to two five-year terms as governor, serving from 1991 to 2002.Personal Data:
Birth - November 17, 1948 in New York City
Education - BA from Yale University, MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City
Family - Married, two children
Faith - Christian, CongregationalistInteresting Personal Note: Howard Dean was born to a wealthy and prominent New York family. As a Yale undergradute, he had a reputation as a "party animal." After graduation, he's on record as saying he spent the year skiing, washing dishes, pouring concrete and drinking beer. A defining moment in Dean's life was in 1974 when his older brother, Charles, a world traveler, was captured and killed by Laos guerillas.
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