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




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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  6. ^ Norm Coleman
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  8. ^ Kandea Mosley (2000-09-12). "A Rumble in the Bronx Feuding Politicos Pull No Punches in Congressional Race". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  9. ^ Jennifer Jacobson (2006-10-23). "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 (2002-11-08). "Jewish minyan grows in Senate; Jew elected to House". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  12. ^ Todd Winer (1998-03-13). "3 Jewish Democrats vying in Illinois Congress race". Chicago Jewish News. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
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  14. ^ a b Sharon Samber (2000-11-10). "New faces offset losses as Jews gain seats in Congress". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
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  16. ^ a b Woody Baird (2006-11-07). "Congressional incumbents re-elected, Cohen takes lead in Memphis". Associated Press. Retrieved 2006-11-09. [dead link]
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  19. ^ Ron Kampeas (2010-04-21). "Ted Deutch, a most Jewish speech from the most Jewish district". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
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  22. ^ "Brad Sherman defeats Howard Berman after bitter fight". Los Angeles Times. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
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  28. ^ "New Jewish Mayor of San Diego Has Dubious Record on Israel". Los Angeles Times. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 11 June 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.". 4 November 1996. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
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  31. ^ "Criticism of Hagel out of proportion". 9 January 1988. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
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  37. ^ "Anthony Weiner - New York's 9th District". Biography of Congressman Anthony Weiner. weiner.house.gov. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  38. ^ "Sidney R. Yates Dies at 91; Congressman Supported Arts". 8 October 2000. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  39. ^ "Lautenberg Picked in New Jersey; Familiar and Beloved Face for Jews". 3 October 2002. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  40. ^ "Delaware Governor Works to Strengthen Ties With Israel / Bio". Haaretz. 2013. 
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