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Howard Dean

Gov. Howard Dean, former DNC chairman, presidential candidate, six-term governor and physician, currently works as an independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world.

Gov. Dean also serves as chairman of the board of the Progressive Book Club, is a CNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America.

Gov. Dean began his career in public service in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont. He served as governor for 12 years — the second longest serving in the state.

Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Gov. Dean was chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association,and the New England Governors' Conference while he served as governor of Vermont. He left office in Vermont to run for president in 2003, implementing innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the Internet.

As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Gov. Dean created and implemented the "50 State Strategy" and the development of 21st century campaign tools. He is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the party by building and strengthening the organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure required to win while laying the foundation for a long-term Democratic majority.

Before entering politics, Gov. Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1971, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vt.

He is married to Dr. Judy Steinberg. They have two children, Anne and Paul.