List of Jewish American politicians

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This is a list of notable Jewish American politicians, arranged chronologically. For other notable Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.

Senators[edit]

Current Senators[edit]

Name Party State Elected Notes
  Carl Levin[1][2] Democratic Michigan 1978 Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services
  Dianne Feinstein[3] Democratic California 1992 Chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence
  Barbara Boxer[4] Democratic California 1992 Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee and Chair of the Select Committee on Ethics
  Ron Wyden[5] Democratic Oregon 1996
  Chuck Schumer[6][7] Democratic New York 1998 Chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center and Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration
  Benjamin Cardin[8] Democratic Maryland 2006
  Bernard Sanders[9] Independent Vermont 2006 Caucuses with the Democratic Party
  Al Franken[10] Democratic Minnesota 2008
  Richard Blumenthal[11][12] Democratic Connecticut 2010
  Brian Schatz[13] Democratic Hawaii 2012

Former Senators[edit]

Representatives[edit]

Current Representatives[edit]

Name Party District Elected Note
  Henry Waxman[19] Democratic CA-30 1974 Former chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  Sander Levin[20] Democratic MI-12 1982 Former chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means.
  Eliot Engel[21] Democratic NY-16 1988
  Nita Lowey[22] Democratic NY-17 1988 First female and second chairperson of the DCCC.
  Jerrold Nadler[23] Democratic NY-08 1992
  Bradley Sherman[24] Democratic CA-27 1996
  Janice Schakowsky[25] Democratic IL-09 1998 Democratic leadership as a Chief Deputy Whip.
  Susan Davis[26] Democratic CA-53 2000
  Steve Israel[27] Democratic NY-02 2000 Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
  Adam Schiff[27] Democratic CA-29 2000
  Eric Cantor[28] Republican VA-07 2000 House Majority Leader, first Jewish Majority Leader.
  Allyson Schwartz[29] Democratic PA-13 2004
  Debbie Wasserman Schultz[30] Democratic FL-20 2004 Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
  Stephen Cohen[31] Democratic TN-09 2006 First Jewish congressman from Tennessee.[31]
  John Yarmuth[32] Democratic KY-03 2006 First Jewish congressman from Kentucky.
  Jared Polis[33] Democratic CO-02 2008 First openly gay man elected as a freshman.
  Theodore Deutch[34] Democratic FL-19 2010
  David Cicilline[35] Democratic RI-01 2010
  Alan Grayson[35] Democratic FL-09 2012
  Lois Frankel[35] Democratic FL-22 2012
  Brad Schneider[35] Democratic IL-10 2012
  Alan Lowenthal[35] Democratic CA-47 2012

Former Representatives[edit]

Governors[edit]

Current Governors[edit]

State Governor Name Party Assumed Office Term Expires Notes
Delaware Jack Markell.jpg Markell, JackJack Markell[51] Democratic January 20, 2009 January 17, 2017 Former Chairperson of the National Governors Association
Former Chairperson of the Democratic Governors Association

Mayors of Large Cities[edit]

Current Mayors of large cities[edit]

Notes[edit]

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