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]

Former senators[edit]

Presidential candidates[edit]

Representatives[edit]

Current representatives[edit]

Name Party District Elected Note
  Sander Levin[7] Democratic MI-12 1982 Former chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means.
  Eliot Engel[8] Democratic NY-16 1988
  Nita Lowey[9] Democratic NY-17 1988 First female and second chairperson of the DCCC.
  Jerrold Nadler[10] Democratic NY-08 1992
  Bradley Sherman[11] Democratic CA-27 1996
  Janice Schakowsky[12] Democratic IL-09 1998 Democratic leadership as a Chief Deputy Whip.
  Susan Davis[13] Democratic CA-53 2000
  Steve Israel[14] Democratic NY-02 2000 Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
  Adam Schiff[14] Democratic CA-29 2000
  Debbie Wasserman Schultz[15] Democratic FL-20 2004 Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
  Stephen Cohen[16] Democratic TN-09 2006 First Jewish congressman from Tennessee.[16]
  John Yarmuth[17] Democratic KY-03 2006 First Jewish congressman from Kentucky.
  Jared Polis[18] Democratic CO-02 2008 First openly gay man elected as a freshman.
  Theodore Deutch[19] Democratic FL-19 2010
  David Cicilline[20] Democratic RI-01 2010
  Alan Grayson[20] Democratic FL-09 2012
  Lois Frankel[20] Democratic FL-22 2012
  Alan Lowenthal[20] Democratic CA-47 2012
  Lee Zeldin[20] Republican NY-01 2014

Former representatives[edit]

Governors[edit]

Current governors[edit]

State Governor Name Party Assumed Office Term expires Notes
Delaware Jack Markell.jpg Markell, JackJack Markell[40] Democratic January 20, 2009 January 17, 2017 Former Chairperson of the National Governors Association
Former Chairperson of the Democratic Governors Association

Lieutenant governors[edit]

Current lieutenant governors[edit]

State Governor Name Party Assumed Office Term expires Prior Public Office/Position
Connecticut NancyWymanIreneResponse.jpg Wyman, NancyNancy Wyman[41] Democrat January 5, 2011 2019 Comptroller of Connecticut
Louisiana Jay Dardenne Feb 2013.jpg Dardenne, JayJay Dardenne[42] Republican November 22, 2010 2016 Secretary of State of Louisiana
Member of the Louisiana Senate

Mayors of major cities[edit]

Current mayors of major cities[edit]

City State Mayor Name Party Assumed Office Term expires Prior Public Office/Position
Los Angeles California Eric Garcetti in Suit and Tie.jpg Eric Garcetti[43] Democratic July 1, 2013 2017 President of the Los Angeles City Council
Los Angeles City Councilman
Chicago Illinois Rahm Emanuel, official photo portrait color.jpg Rahm Emanuel[27] Democratic May 16, 2011 2019 White House Chief of Staff
U.S. House
Austin Texas 20140505 Adler Launch Speech.jpg Steve Adler[44] Democratic January 6, 2015 2019
Las Vegas Nevada Carolyn Goodman[45] Independent July 6, 2011 2019
Tucson Arizona Jonathan Rothschild 2013.jpg Jonathan Rothschild[46] Democratic December 5, 2011 2015
Jersey City New Jersey Steven Fulop Ward E Councilman in Jersey City New Jersey circa 2012.jpg Steven Fulop[47] Democratic July 1, 2013 2017 Jersey City Councilman
Madison Wisconsin Paul Soglin 2011.jpg Paul Soglin[48] Democratic April 19, 2011 2019
Chattanooga Tennessee Andy Berke[49] Democratic April 15, 2013 2017 Member of the Tennessee Senate
Burlington Vermont Miro Weinberger[50] Democratic April 2, 2012 2016

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ousted Senator Apologizes for Letter to Jews". November 10, 1990. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Congressional Republicans: Nobody Here But Us Christians". June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Retired Sen. Joe Lieberman Discusses His Jewish Faith". February 11, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Frank Lautenberg, Proud Jew Who Didn't Want To Be a 'Jewish Senator'". June 11, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ribicoff of Connecticut Dies; Governor and Senator Was 87". The New York Times. February 23, 1998. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ Norm Coleman
  7. ^ "Elections 2006 AP Coverage". Associated Press. November 9, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  8. ^ Kandea Mosley (September 12, 2000). "A Rumble in the Bronx Feuding Politicos Pull No Punches in Congressional Race". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  9. ^ Jennifer Jacobson (October 23, 2006). "Jewish women on rise in Congress". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  10. ^ "Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-8)". CNN. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  11. ^ Sharon Samber (November 8, 2002). "Jewish minyan grows in Senate; Jew elected to House". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  12. ^ Todd Winer (March 13, 1998). "3 Jewish Democrats vying in Illinois Congress race". Chicago Jewish News. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  13. ^ Stuart Rothenberg (November 2, 2000). "Top House races of 2000". CNN. Archived from the original on September 10, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  14. ^ a b Sharon Samber (November 10, 2000). "New faces offset losses as Jews gain seats in Congress". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  15. ^ "Elections 2006 AP Coverage: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Dem)". Associated Press. November 9, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  16. ^ a b Woody Baird (November 7, 2006). "Congressional incumbents re-elected, Cohen takes lead in Memphis". Associated Press. Retrieved 2006-11-09. [dead link]
  17. ^ Shmuel Rosner (November 5, 2006). "Louisville's Jews vote Democratic – but not because the candidate's Jewish". Haaretz. Retrieved 2006-11-09. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Three New Jewish Members of Congress". The Jewish Federations of North America. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  19. ^ Ron Kampeas (April 21, 2010). "Ted Deutch, a most Jewish speech from the most Jewish district". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  20. ^ a b c d e J.J. Goldberg (November 4, 2010). "Rite of Returns: Jews Who Ran for Congress — Winners & Losers". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  21. ^ "Anthony C. Beilenson". Los Angeles Times. April 18, 1988. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Brad Sherman defeats Howard Berman after bitter fight". Los Angeles Times. November 7, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Eric Cantor Didn't Lose Because He's Jewish. But His Religion Has Caused Difficulties in Congress". The New Republic. June 11, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  24. ^ "After career in Congress, Peter Deutsch finds new life in Israel". July 17, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  25. ^ Retrieved from the Atlantic website May 5, 2010
  26. ^ Stone, Kurt F. "The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional Members, (2011). Pages 313–320. ISBN 9780810857315.
  27. ^ a b Steve Hendrix (August 22, 2006). "Fighting for the Spoils Lawmaker and Rainmaker Rahm Emanuel Wants a Nov. 7 Victory for the Democrats So Bad He Can Almost Taste It. If Only He Had Time to Eat.". Washington Post. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  28. ^ "New Jewish Mayor of San Diego Has Dubious Record on Israel". Los Angeles Times. November 9, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Hoeffel, Fox Attempt To Sway Jewish Vote at a Debate at a Jewish Community Center They Agreed on Aid For Israel. They Clashed on Other Issues.". November 4, 1996. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  30. ^ Frost, Martin (May 15, 2009). "Jewish pols, players emerging". Politico. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Criticism of Hagel out of proportion". January 9, 1988. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  32. ^ Jennifer Siegel (September 22, 2006). "A Tribe of Candidates Leads Drive To Retake House for Democrats". The Forward. Archived from the original on October 18, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  33. ^ Cillizza, Chris (June 3, 2010). "Rep. Jane Harman aims to avoid anti-incumbent tide". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  34. ^ Tom Tugend (January 26, 2001). "Undefeated Champion Rep. Henry Waxman wants to help Democrats". The Jewish Journal. Archived from the original on October 27, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  35. ^ Kampeas, Ron (October 15, 2009). "Wexler leaves Congress, and leaves Washington wondering why". JTA. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  36. ^ "WEINER, Anthony D. – Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Anthony Weiner – New York's 9th District". Biography of Congressman Anthony Weiner. weiner.house.gov. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Sidney R. Yates Dies at 91; Congressman Supported Arts". October 8, 2000. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Lautenberg Picked in New Jersey; Familiar and Beloved Face for Jews". October 3, 2002. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Delaware Governor Works to Strengthen Ties With Israel / Bio". Haaretz. 2013. 
  41. ^ "2010 "Jewish Movers & Shakers" Announced". Hartford Courant. 2013. 
  42. ^ "State Republican Officials to Watch in 2013". Governing.com. 2010. 
  43. ^ "The Fix". The Washington Post. 
  44. ^ http://www.thejewishoutlook.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1507&Itemid=58
  45. ^ http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/63873/double-down/
  46. ^ http://azjewishlife.com/tucson-mayor-jonathan-rothschild-tikkun-olam-drives-him-to-lead/
  47. ^ http://jstandard.com/content/item/jersey_city_boy
  48. ^ http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/paul-soglin-wants-to-continue-work-on-finances-poverty-and/article_4d111c57-589e-58a2-979e-c3de5b7a2ec9.html
  49. ^ http://www.bjf.org/daily-updates/669-alison-lebovitz-on-chattanoogas-new-jewish-mayor-israeli-drs-help-treat-bombing-suspect.html
  50. ^ http://www.7dvt.com/2012miro-weinberger-development-record/