Howard Dean

Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
Born Nov 17, 1948

Howard Brush Dean III is an American politician and physician from Vermont. He served six terms as the 79th Governor of Vermont and ran unsuccessfully for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. Although his U.S. Presidential campaign was unsuccessful, Dean is regarded as a pioneer in raising the profile of Internet-based fundraising and grassroots organizing.… Read More

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1948 Birth Born on November 17, 1948.


1966 17 Years Old In September 1966, he attended Felsted School, UK, for one school year after winning an English Speaking Union scholarship. … Read More


1971 22 Years Old At Yale, Dean was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1971. … Read More
1974 25 Years Old In 1974, Dean's younger brother Charlie, who had been traveling through southeast Asia at the time, was captured and killed by Laotian guerrillas, a tragedy widely reported to have an enormous influence in Dean's life; he wore his brother's belt every day of his presidential campaign.
1978 29 Years Old Dean received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1978 and began a medical residency at the University of Vermont.


1981 32 Years Old In 1981, he married fellow doctor Judith Steinberg, whom he met in medical school, and together they began a family medical practice in Shelburne, Vermont (where she continued to use her maiden name to avoid confusion).
…  Dean was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1982 and was elected lieutenant governor in 1986. … Read More
1988 39 Years Old Dean won re-election as Lieutenant Governor in 1988 and 1990.


In 1991, Dean became governor of Vermont when Richard A. Snelling died in office.
1993 44 Years Old Dean also focused on health care issues, most notably through the "Dr. Dynasaur" program, which ensures near-universal health coverage for children and pregnant women in the state; the uninsured rate in Vermont fell from 10.8 percent in 1993 to 8.4 percent in 2000 under his watch. … Read More


By far the most controversial decision of his career, and the first to draw serious national attention, came in 2000, when the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that the state's marriage laws unconstitutionally excluded same-sex couples and ordered that the state legislature either allow gays and lesbians to marry or create a parallel status. … Read More
2002 53 Years Old Dean began his bid for President as a "long shot" candidate. ABC News ranked him eighth out of 12 in a list of potential presidential contenders in May 2002.
In March 2003 he gave a speech strongly critical of the Democratic leadership at the California State Democratic Convention that attracted the attention of grassroots party activists and set the tone and the agenda of his candidacy. … Read More
…  Dean was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Presidential Election, 2004.
2005 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Dean formed the organization Democracy for America and later was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in February 2005. … Read More
Dean's strategy arguably paid off in a historic victory as the Democrats took over control of the House of Representatives and the Senate in the 2006 mid-term elections. … Read More
2008 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama used the 50 state strategy as the backbone of his candidacy. … Read More


2009 60 Years Old In a January 2009 interview with the Associated Press, Dean indicated he would enter the private sector after 30 years in politics.
2014 65 Years Old Dean expressed interest in running for the presidency in 2016, but published an op-ed in December 2014 in which he outlined why he would support former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton should she decide to run for president. … Read More
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