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Q&A: Sam Cornale’s Wisconsin upbringing shapes his approach to the DNC, Democratic politics

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Democratic National Committee Executive Director Sam Cornale, 33, is a Wisconsin native. Madison native Sam Cornale may have left Wisconsin more than a decade ago, but he says he’s carried a “streak of activism,” born from the state’s history of political engagement, with him ever since.

Those activist roots accompanied him through roles he held at the Democratic National Committee in the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential elections, and in his new position as the DNC’s executive director, a title he’s held since the end of January .

Cornale, 33, said in a recent interview that his upbringing as a son of educators, combined with the “incredible activist streak” Wisconsin holds from individuals on both sides of the aisle, have shaped his approach to his professional career in politics.

“There’s really this streak of activism you can’t help but carry with you even when you leave the state,” he said in a recent interview.

“It was always something that was in the back of my head, that politics was a noble calling, that service was something that wasn’t just important but necessary to make our country a better place, and so that’s really animated animated my work.”

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