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]

State Senator Name Party Prior Public Office/Position Assumed Office Term Expires
California Dianne Feinstein, official Senate photo 2.jpg Feinstein, DianneDianne Feinstein Democratic Mayor of San Francisco November 4, 1992 January 3, 2019
California Barbara Boxer, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Boxer, BarbaraBarbara Boxer Democratic U.S. House January 3, 1993 January 3, 2017
Oregon Ron Wyden official photo.jpg Wyden, RonRon Wyden Democratic U.S. House February 6, 1996 January 3, 2017
New York Charles Schumer official portrait.jpg Schumer, ChuckChuck Schumer Democratic U.S. House, New York State Assembly January 3, 1999 January 3, 2017
Maryland Ben Cardin, official Senate photo portrait.jpg Cardin, BenBen Cardin Democratic U.S. House, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Maryland House of Delegates January 3, 2007 January 3, 2019
Vermont Bernie Sanders.jpg Sanders, BernieBernie Sanders Independent (Democratic Socialist) Mayor of Burlington, U.S. House January 3, 2007 January 3, 2019
Minnesota Al Franken Official Senate Portrait.jpg Franken, AlAl Franken Democratic-Farmer-Labor July 7, 2009 January 3, 2021
Connecticut Richard Blumenthal Official Portrait.jpg Blumenthal, RichardRichard Blumenthal Democratic Attorney General of Connecticut, Connecticut Senate, Connecticut House of Representatives January 5, 2011 January 3, 2017
Hawaii Brian Schatz, official portrait, 113th Congress 2.jpg Schatz, BrianBrian Schatz Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, Hawaii House of Representatives December 26, 2012 January 3, 2017

Former senators[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

Mayors of large cities[edit]

Current mayors of large cities[edit]

Notes[edit]

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