The Democratic Party's quadrennial nominating party is underway, and the days preceding President Obama's climactic acceptance speech are crammed with party luminaries and promising up-and-comers. After First Lady Michelle brought down the house on Tuesday night, here's a list of what lies ahead:



-Antonio Villaraigosa, chair of the Democratic National Convention Committee and mayor of Los Angeles, issues call to order

-Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Illinois

-Rep. Diane DeGette, Colorado

-Rep. John A. Perez, Speaker of California State Assembly

-Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston

-Rep. Judy Chu, California

-Steve Westley, former State Controller and Chief Financial Officer of California

-Rep. John Larson, Connecticut, Democratic Caucus Chair

-Deputy Sheriff Ken Myers of Carroll County, Iowa


-Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

-Rep.Steve Israel, New York, chair of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

-Sen. Patty Murray, Washington, chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

-Pedro R. Pierluisi, chair of National Community Mobilization for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, non-voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico

-Tom Steyer, co-founder of Advanced Energy Economy

-Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York

-Members of the Congressional Black Caucus: Rep. Karen Bass, California; Rep. Al Green, Texas; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, Missouri

-Governor Dannel Malloy, Connecticut


-Denise Juneau, Superintendent of the Montana Office of Public Instruction

-Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California, House Minority Leader

-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

-Senator Barbara Mikulsi, Maryland

-Education Secretary Arne Duncan

-Former Governor Jim Hunt, North Carolina

-Former Mayor Harvey B. Grantt, Charlotte


-Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

-Rep. Steny Hoyer, Maryland, Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention

-Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts, honorary chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee GLBT Council

-General Eric Shinseki

-Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia

-Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado

-Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK

Governor Jack Markell, Delaware


-Karen Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration

-Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, California

-Benita Veliz, DREAM Act Activist

-Cristina Saralegui, Journalist, Actress, and Talk Show Host

-Sandra Fluke, Attorney and Women's Rights Activist

-Austin Ligon, co-founder and Former CEO of CarMax, Inc.

-Bob King, President of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)

-Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt, and David Foster, former employees at companies controlled by Romney's Bain Capital

-Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland, former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair


-Jim Sinegal, co-founder and former CEO of Costco

-Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senate candidate

-President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States


-Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama; otherwise, the schedule has yet to be released