Applicable State Party By-Laws

Constitution and By-Laws at Missouri State Democratic Party website

CHAPTER III

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT COMMITTEES

SECTION 3.01 – MEMBERSHIP

(1) The Congressional District Committee of a district which is composed of (1) one or more whole counties; or (2) one or more whole counties and part of one or more counties shall consist of the County Committee Chair and Vice Chair of each county within the district and the Committeeman and Committeewoman of each Legislative District Committee within the district.

(2) The Congressional District Committee of a district which consists of (1) parts of one or more counties; (2) part of a city not within a county; (3) a whole city not within a county; or (4) part of a city not within a county and parts of one or more counties shall consist of the Committeeman and Committeewoman of the precinct, ward, or township included in whole or in part of the district and the Chair and Vice Chair of each Legislative District Committee within the district in whole or in part.

SECTION 3.02- WEIGHTED VOTING

Each member of the Congressional District Committee whose membership consists of Ward or Township Committeemen and Committeewomen shall be entitled to one vote for each two thousand (2,000) votes or major fraction thereof cast for the Democratic candidate for Governor in the last Gubernatorial election in the Ward or Township within the Congressional District. Every member shall be entitled to at least one vote.

SECTION 3.03- MEMBER VACANCIES

Whenever a member of any Congressional District Committee resigns or is unable to serve because of death or disability, or ceases to be a registered voter of the congressional district, a replacement shall be named in the same manner as the original appointment.

SECTION 3.04 – MEETINGS

  • The members of each Congressional District Committee shall meet at some place and time within the district, to be designated by the current Chair of the Congressional District Committee not earlier than five weeks after each primary election but in no event later than the sixth Saturday after each primary election.
  • The Congressional District Committee shall also meet at the call of the district Chair or at the call of twenty-five (25) percent of the members of the committee. Notice of such meetings shall be in writing stating the time and place of the meeting, the name or names of the calling authority, and shall be addressed to each member with the postage prepaid and deposited in the United States mail at least seven (7) days prior to said meeting. Written notice may be waived by written waiver signed by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the district committee.

SECTION 3.05 – OFFICER ELECTIONS

At the required organizational meeting, the Congressional District Committee shall organize by the election of one of its members as Chair and one of its members as Vice Chair, one of whom shall be a woman and one of whom shall be a man, and a secretary and a treasurer, one of whom shall be a woman and one of whom shall be a man, who may or may not be members of the committee.  All Congressional District Committee officers must reside within the congressional district in which they serve.

SECTION 3.06 – OFFICER DUTIES

The officers of the Congressional District Committee shall have the powers, duties, and limitations normally recognized function of their office. Within forty-eight (48) hours after the required statutory meeting, the Congressional District Chair shall notify the State Party Chair, at headquarters, in writing of the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of the new Congressional District Committee officers.

SECTION 3.07 – OFFICER TERMS

The officers of the Congressional District Committee shall be elected every two (2) years at the organizational meeting on the last Tuesday in August after each primary election and shall serve until their successors have been so chosen.

SECTION 3.08 – OFFICER VACANCIES

If any of the following events occurs to any Congressional District Committee officer, a vacancy in that office shall exist:

  • Death
  • Resignation
  • Ceases to reside in the congressional district which he or she represents
  • Remains convicted of a criminal offense other than a misdemeanor after his or her rights to appeal are exhausted
  • Fails to attend at least one-half of the regularly scheduled Congressional District Committee meetings during a calendar year
  • The State Committee, after a finding by the Appeals Committee that a member has used the Party name or resources in an unauthorized manner, votes to remove such member

If a Chair vacancy occurs, then the Vice Chair office shall be declared vacant. An election shall be held to elect the Chair and the Vice Chair, and that election shall be held within sixty (60) days. If a single vacancy occurs in the Vice Chair, Secretary, or Treasurer no other offices will be vacated and that election shall be held within sixty (60) days to elect a new officer for that position only. In case of the absence of the Chair, or in the event of a vacancy for any reason in that office, the duties of the Congressional District Committee Chair shall devolve upon the Vice Chair.

SECTION 3.09 – PROXIES

Any member of the Congressional District Committee may give his or her signed proxy to:

(1) Any other member or officer of the Congressional District Committee; or

(2) Any other member or officer of the Legislative District or County Committee that the member of the Congressional District Committee giving the proxy represents.

However, no member shall be allowed to vote more than two (2) proxies and whenever the district committee acts as a nominating committee to select a candidate for Congress, a member must be present in person to vote.  A person may only serve as a proxy voter if such person is legally permitted to vote in the district in which the proxy resides.

SECTION 3.10 – QUORUM

A quorum for Congressional Committee meetings shall be a majority of the members elected thereto, including proxies; provided, however, that whenever the district committee acts as a nominating committee to select a candidate for Congress, a majority of the members of the Congressional District Committee must be present.

SECTION 3.11 – POWERS AND DUTIES

The Congressional District Committee shall act as a campaign committee and shall have a duty to fulfill assignments given to the committee by the State Committee in furtherance of Democratic Party campaigns. The members-elect of the district committee shall have the power to fill vacancies in the Party ticket for the U.S. Representatives in their respective district pursuant to statutory provisions.

SECTION 3.12 –RULES OF ORDER

The rules contained in “Robert’s Rules of Order”, as most recently revised, shall govern meetings of the Congressional District Committee in all cases where they are applicable and are not inconsistent with the Constitution or By-laws of this organization.

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