Dem Commencement Speakers Outnumber Republicans 57-to-26

Posted: Apr 26, 2014 3:28 PM
Dem Commencement Speakers Outnumber Republicans 57-to-26

Democrat speakers at 2014 college commencements outnumber Republicans by a two-to-one margin, according to a study by Campus Reform.

Executive Branch: Democrats: 5, Republicans: 0

The lineup of former presidents and vice-presidents scheduled to address college graduates includes Al Gore at Princeton and Bill Clinton at New York University in Abu Dhabi.

Currently, not one former Republican president or vice-president is scheduled as a commencement speaker.

U.S. Senate: Democrats: 9, Republicans: 4

Nine Democrat senators are scheduled to speak, including Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), and Mary Landrieu (La.).

Only four GOP senators, headlined by Tim Scott of South Carolina, are scheduled to speak. Surprisingly, Senators Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) remain absent from all commencement ceremony lineups.

U.S. House of Representatives: Democrats: 8, Republicans: 5

Republicans control the House with a 34 seat margin, 233 to 199, yet Democratic representatives have booked more commencement speeches.

Governors: Democrats: 11, Republicans: 6

While Republican governors outnumber Democrats 29 to 21 nationally, Democrats have managed to nearly double the number of Republican governors speaking on camp

Appointees/Political Operatives: Democrats: 22, Republicans: 5

The noticeable Democratic sway also includes actor and Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Kal Penn, musician John Legend, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, Vice Chairwoman of the DNC Donna Brazile, Clinton communications director and co-anchor of Good Morning America George Stephanopoulos.

The Republicans are represented by Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Antonin Scalia, and Judy Smith.

The tally: Democrats 57 and Republicans 26.

President Obama will be speaking at the University of California-Irvine, First Lady Michelle Obama at Dillard University, and Vice-president Joe Biden at both the University of South Carolina and University of Delaware. Ten out of Obama’s 16 cabinet members are scheduled at commencement ceremonies across the United States.