Global Seniors Caucus

  • The Democrats Abroad Global Senior Caucus is made up of DA members of all ages from around the world who are willing and able to advocate on issues important to Senior Americans (i.e. retired and +65 persons) within the United States of America and those living abroad. All DA members are eligible to join the GSC and we encourage members of all ages to join.

    In 1997, the National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council (NDSCC) was created as an official body of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The main purpose of the NDSCC was “to give older Democrats a voice within the DNC, to make use of their experience and expertise on issues such as Social Security and Medicare, to acknowledge their life-long dedication to Democratic Party ideas, and to mobilize older Democratic voters in election campaigns.” The NDSCC is made up of older Democrats from around the United States who want to be active in the national DNC and in their state parties. These Senior activists come from a variety of backgrounds and participate in many organizations at the national and local levels, including labor unions, senior citizen organizations and community groups.

    The DA Global Seniors Caucus (GSC) mirrors the NDSCC’s commitment to all DA members to better understand the issues and concerns affecting all Seniors living and home and abroad. Our purpose is to provide a forum for all DA members not only to better understand the issues and concerns affecting Seniors but also and most importantly, to empower and encourage Seniors living abroad to exercise their voting franchise. The Seniors Caucus supports the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad and encourages all members of Democrats Abroad and other US voters at home and abroad to support the well-being of Senior citizens and monitor the actions of other relevant organizations that support issues or legislation affecting Senior citizens. We advocate for laws, policies, and programs that improve the lives of Senior Americans and educate all people on the experiences of Seniors.

    The mission of the GSC is:

    • To support the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad;
    • To maximize the participation of Seniors living abroad in US elections;
    • To advocate on issues of concern to Seniors, especially Seniors living abroad;
    • To be a voice for US citizens living abroad;
    • To support campaigns of Democratic candidates aligned with the interests of Seniors;
    • To work with other teams, task forces and Caucuses within DA to further our joint goals.

    DA Global Seniors Caucus Leadership:

    Betsy Ettorre
    | Global Seniors Caucus Chair; Member-at-Large - Finland Ex Comm; member of LGBTQ+ Caucus Steering Committee; Co-leader of ProDA Monthly Mondays for Our Progressive Minds; Member of Taxation Task Force and Medicare Portability Task Force
    Jim Dobson
    | Global Seniors Caucus Vice Chair
    marnie delaney
    | Chair - Global Disability Caucus and Violence Against Women Task Force -----Global Women's Caucus Steering Committee-- Medicare Portability Task Force
    Eloise Floyd
    | Global Seniors Caucus Secretary
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    Bridging the Distance for Democracy

    In our November 18 "Bridging the Distance for Democracy - Working Collaboratively with Seniors Voices" we discussed how the GSC works closely with US Senior Councils, and how to broaden this collaboration with other State Committees and Senior Councils in the future.
    Speakers include Steve Regenstreif, Chair, DNC Seniors Council, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, Vice Chair DNC Seniors Council and lead singer of Sha Na Na, and Laurie Plotnick, President, Democratic Party Senior Caucus and President of the Florida Democratic Seniors Organizing Council.
    A full list of speakers can be found at:
    In case you missed seeing it live, you can now watch it on the GSC Facebook page, or on YouTube.
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    GSC December 2022 Newsletter

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, December 30, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 2 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.


    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM
    Washington DC 9:00 AM
    London UK 2:00 PM
    Berlin DE 3:00 PM
    Nairobi KE 4:00 PM
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM
    Tokyo JP 10:00 PM