A bipartisan commission of the U.S. House of Representatives, the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) works with countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent and responsive legislatures. Using peer-to-peer exchanges, trainings and targeted technical assistance, the commission enhances accountability, transparency, access to information, and government oversight worldwide. HDP’s singular focus on the legislative branch of government and its unique ability to bring together American legislators and their peers from around the world have made the commission a valuable forum for strengthening democratic institutions and deepening bilateral relations. HDP is currently chaired by Congressman David Price (D-NC), and co-chaired by Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL).
Inspired by the Frost-Solomon taskforce that supported emerging European legislatures from 1990-1996, Representatives David Drier (R-CA) and David Price (D-NC) collaborated to revive and expand its mission in 2005. On March 14, 2005, the House of Representatives voted to establish the House Democracy Assistance Commission (House Resolution 135). In 2011, the Commission was renamed the House Democracy Partnership, or HDP, to better reflect the evolving relationships between the U.S. Congress and partner legislatures around the world. HDP currently works with more than 20 legislatures worldwide through a variety of programs and initiatives with assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).