Legislators from purple districts face challenges and experiences in governing and campaigning that are distinct from their blue district colleagues. The Purple District Network is the only state legislator network exclusively focused on providing support to state legislators located in purple districts.
The Purple District Network is a Sister District Action Network program that uses a cohort model to build community among purple district legislators in order to share best practices, governance techniques, and strategies for being effective. Legislators in the network have access to campaign and governance resources, and connect with each other through a shared database, remote convenings with their cohorts, and an annual summit.
Members of the Purple District Network each have access to:
The Purple District Network uses a cohort model, which allows legislators to build community, foster creativity, and share leadership skills. Cohorts are determined based on the partisan control of the legislator’s state, which allows members to learn from peers in similar circumstances. Members can also form identity caucuses. There are currently three cohorts of legislators: those from blue trifecta states, those from red trifecta states, and those serving in divided government states.
While there are many incredible Democratic state legislators across the country, the Purple District Network remains relatively small by design, to allow for deeper relationship building and skills transfer among members. Legislators who went through the Sister District electoral program will automatically be enrolled. We also welcome Democratic state legislators who were not endorsed by Sister District during their elections. In selecting these members, we look for legislators who won their campaigns by less than 8 points, have a progressive voting record, have backgrounds and lived experiences that build towards a reflective democracy, and were endorsed by mission-aligned allied organizations. If you’re interested in learning more or joining, please get in touch!