Howard Dean started his political career in 1982, after being elected to the Vermont House of Representatives, having practiced medicine before that. In 1991, Howard Dean became Governor of Vermont, position which he occupied for twelve years. Respect by both his fellow democrats and republicans, Howard Dean was the chairman of the National Governors’ Association, the Democratic Governors’ Association, and the New England Governors’ Association while he served as Governor. In 2003 he left office to compete in the 2004 Democratic primaries to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for President, having been pioneer in the use of the Internet during his campaign. Between 2005 and 2009 Howard Dean presided the Democratic National Committee, creating and implementing the “50 State Strategy", contributing to the historic gains the Democratic Party achieved in 2006 and 2008. Howard Dean currently works as a consultant in the fields of health care, childhood development, alternative energy and grassroots politics.

In 2011 he was the speaker he made the opening speech in the Estoril Conferences (May, 4th).