Rules Committee

The Rules Committee keeps the By-Laws and Rules of the California Democratic State Central Committee consistent with the aims and policies of the committee, proposes changes in the rules and bylaws and special rules when necessary and to adopt guidelines upon recommendation of the Organizational Development Committee for the Chartering of Organizations under Article X of the bylaws, hears certain appeals from decisions of the Compliance Review Commission as specified in Article XI, and interprets the rules and By-Laws when called upon by the Chair of the committee or the Executive Board.

Documents and Reports 

2018 July Executive Board Meeting - Bylaw Amendments for Consideration

2018 State Convention - Rules Committee Report

Open Meeting Policy Statement (Updated 11/18/17)

Procedures for 2015 Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs)

Previous Committee Reports and Documents


Rules Testimony

Submit Rules Committee Testimony or Comment

Submit Rules Election of Officers Subcommittee Testimony or Comment (Deadline: Sunday, 6/24/18)


Rules Subcommittees

ADEM Subcommittee

11/13/17 ADEM Subcommittee Report

Caucuses Subcommittee

Draft Caucus Guidelines and Application for Certification/Recertification 

Caucus Application and Checklist (2018 Update) - Final

Subcommittee on the Conduct of Caucus Officer Elections - Procedures for the Conduct of Caucus Officer Elections

Caucus Certification/Recertification Application - Appendix A Template (2018 Update) - Final

Election of Officers Subcommittee

The CDP Rules Committee has charged the ‘Election of Officers Subcommittee’ to gather testimony and comment to update the procedures for election of State Party Statewide Officers and Regional Directors. With an aim to improve the efficiency and maximize the transparency for elections of officers, please submit your testimony and comments in the topic area that best identifies your submission. The initial deadline for submission of testimony and comments will be Sunday, June 24, 2018. Additionally, the Subcommittee will take in-person testimony and comment at the July 2018 CDP Executive Board Meeting on Friday, July 13, 2018, 5 PM (Time Tentative). All testimony and comment provided to the Subcommittee will also be shared with the full CDP Rules Committee for consideration. Click here to access Rules Election of Officers Subcommittee Online Testimony Form.

Proposal on Voter Assistance for Election of Statewide Officers

Endorsements Subcommittee

Proposals on Endorsement Process and Procedures

Miscellaneous Issues Subcommittee

10/26/17 Miscellaneous Issues Subcommittee Report (Including Proposals Regarding Language on Disabilities Accessibility and Public Meetings) 

Proposals Regarding Language on Disabilities Accessibility and Public Meetings


Caucus Certification/Recertification Information

Caucus Application and Checklist (2018 Update)

Caucus Guidelines (2018 Update)

Caucus Certification/Recertification Guidelines (2018 Update)

Caucus Certification/Recertification Application - Appendix A Template (2018 Update)

Declaration of Support for Official Recognition of CDP Caucus (2018 Update)

Memorandum Re: 2018 CDP Caucus Certification/recertification Application Review Process (2018 Updates)

CDP Statewide Officers - Financial Disclosure Statements

Statewide Officer Financial Disclosure Statement Form

Notice of Acquisition of Material Financial Interest - Vice Chair Alex Rooker (Filed 5/30/18)

2018 Quarter 1 - Statewide Officer Financial Disclosure Statements

2017 Quarter 4 - Statewide Officer Financial Disclosure Statements


Previous Committee Reports


Committee Roster 2017-2019

Lead Chair

Garry Shay


Jose Alcala
Saundra Andrews
Kathleen Bowler
Peter Chiu
Jay Hansen
Valeria Hernandez
Charu Khopkar
Coby King


Hillary Blackerby
Stephen Gale
Alice Huffman
Ryan Hurd
Dorothy Kim
Janet Meredith
Ralph Miller
Melahat Rafiei
Helene Rouvier
Mary Strobridge
Lynn Summers
Karen Wingard
William Wong
Mcclina Woods
Laurence Zakson

Committee Staff

Chris Myers 

Clark Lee

* Please note that these descriptions are not meant to be an interpretation of the California Democratic Party By-Laws. The CDP By-Laws are available on our website here.

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