Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

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Party Chairman Ken Martin
Senate Leader Tom Bakk
House Leader Paul Thissen
Founded April 15, 1944
Headquarters 255 Plato Blvd E
Saint Paul, MN 55107-1623
Political ideology Liberalism
Political position Fiscal: Socialist
Social: Liberal
International affiliation
Color(s) Blue (unofficial)

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a separate but affiliated branch of the national Democrat Party that uniquely operates in Minnesota. It was formed on April 15, 1944, when the state's Democrat and Farmer-Labor parties merged with the instrumental assistance of Hubert H. Humphrey.[1]

For many years, the DFL has championed the causes of farmers and skilled union workers, though in recent years, the former has taken a distant backseat to the latter as well as to the interests and goals of the national Democrat Party. All Democrat politicians in and from Minnesota work under the DFL header, though this has become more of a matter of tradition than of any substantive meaning.

Outside the state, DFLers are typically referred to by their colleagues in the United States Congress and by the mainstream media simply as "Democrats."

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