It Starts With States

Since 2016, we’ve helped Democrats win 70 state legislative races, enabling them to pass progressive legislation across the country. We’re already looking ahead to our work in 2021 and 2022. Join us!

What will I do as a volunteer?

You’ll help Democrats get elected to critical state legislative seats across the country by making phone calls to voters, writing postcards, sending text messages, and raising small dollar donations. And you’ll do it all while having fun with a community of like-minded activists!

With over 50,000 volunteers across the nation, we are one of the largest and most effective progressive grassroots organizations in the country.

Our Timeline

SDP's 2020 Timeline of Events

Our Timeline

Our Map


Virginia: Protect and expand the Democratic House majority.
Special Elections: Endorse in strategically valuable special state legislative elections when possible.


Target States: AZ, FL, GA, MI, NC, NH, PA, TX, WI, MN, CO, NV
Nested Opportunities: Prioritize states with nested competitive Senate, House, and Gubernatorial elections.
Redistricting Commissions: Prioritize states with redistricting commissions, where we expect new maps to be fairer for Democrats.
Incumbent Protection: Invest in fragile incumbents. Incumbent protection has always been a key component of our electoral strategy. We can expect many state legislative Democratic incumbents to face reelection challenges under new maps in Republican-controlled states. We must not lose our hard-won gains.

Why Donate?

Gifts from community members like you made up more than 90% of our operating budget in 2020.

No amount of support is too small. Our model is built on the idea of many people doing their part and having a BIG IMPACT together.


What happens if Roe is overturned?

We’ve always known that a conservative-majority Supreme Court would threaten abortion rights. Still, we know that state legislators have power, for good and for ill. They can make access abortion easier; or they can create laws that make it so difficult, it’s practically impossible.


Abortion Rights in the States: Interview with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia Executive Director Jamie Lockhart

With a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, there is a very real possibility Roe v. Wade will be struck down. Learn what’s at stake for protecting access to reproductive healthcare in Virginia and throughout the country.


Virginia Progressive Legislation that Took Effect 1/1/21

In 2019, Democrats won control of both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly for the first time in nearly 25 years, delivering a Democratic trifecta in the Southern state. Read the highlights of progressive legislation that went into effect this year!