Starting a Career in Politics | National Democratic Training Committee

Starting a Career in Politics

By Kelly Dietrich
30 min
Getting Started

What You’ll Learn

  • How to decide if politics is the right career for you
  • Which role on a campaign is the right fit for you
  • The goal of — and most important resources on — any campaign

Why This is Important

Whenever you start something new, there can be some anxiety about what you’re getting yourself into. This course will ground you in the realities of what working on a campaign is like. And help you confirm whether this is the right path for you.

Key Resources

  • Glossary

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Kelly Dietrich


Kelly is the Founder and CEO of the National Democratic Training Committee.

He has worked on dozens of campaigns at every level across the country. Kelly's specialty is in new campaign creation, candidate and staff training, and fundraising.

In addition to working for 18+ years in Democratic politics, he teaches a class on political campaigns at DePaul University in Chicago, where he lives with his family and dog, a large hungry blue Weimaraner named Jack Bauer. Kelly started his career in 1998 with Rep. Dennis Moore in KS-03. He's an avid basketball and poker player, though never at the same time. His wife would point out that at no time in this biography was he described as "good" at either hobby. That was a conscious decision.