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- Muhammad Al-Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah '78 - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait
- Steve Bullock '88 – Governor of Montana (2013–); Attorney General, state of Montana (2009–2013)
- Ken Cheuvront '83 - member, Arizona State Senate
- Patrick J. Conroy '72 - 60th Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives
- Chuck DeVore '85 - member, California State Assembly, candidate for U.S. Senate
- David Dreier '75 - California Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Rules Committee
- Johnny Ellis '82 - Minority Leader, Alaska State Senate
- Sean Elsbernd '97 - member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
- Rob Hurtt '66 - California State Senate Republican Leader, 1995–1998
- Adam Kokesh '06 - political activist, talk radio host
- Tom Leppert '77 - Mayor of Dallas, Texas (2007-2011)
- Tyler Olson '98 - house member for the 38th district of Iowa.
- Surin Pitsuwan '72 - Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, former Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Simon Salinas '78 - Monterey County Supervisor, former member of the California State Assembly
- Hugh Gallagher - disability advocate, drafted the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968
- Henry Olsen - Vice President of the American Enterprise Institute
- Michael Arrington '92 - Internet entrepreneur, Founder of Techcrunch, Co-founder of CrunchFund
- Sloane Citron '78 - magazine publisher
- Alexander Crutchfield '80 - financier, real estate investor, Senior Managing Director of Oasis Partners
- Douglas Peterson '80, S&P Global President and CEO
- Robert Addison Day - former chairman and chief executive officer of Trust Company of the West; Chairman and President of the W. M. Keck Foundation
- Patrick Gallagher '93 - Co-founder of CrunchFund
- Michael S. Jeffries '66 - Chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
- Henry Kravis '67 - Founding partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
- Michael Larson '80 - Chief Investment Officer of Cascade Investment, the investment vehicle for The Gates Foundation and the Gates' personal wealth.
- Patrick Lencioni '87 - best-selling management book author, corporate speaker
- Ashwin Navin '99 - President and co-founder of BitTorrent, Inc., founder of The Claremont Independent
- Augie Nieto '80 - founder of Life Fitness and Augie's Quest
- Thomas Pritzker '72 - Executive Chairman, Hyatt Corporation 
- George R. Roberts '66 - founding partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
- Peter Thum '90 - founder of Ethos Water, and social entrepreneur
- Peter Weinberg '79 - founder of Perella Weinberg Partners
- Orley Ashenfelter '64 - Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics at Princeton University; former editor of the American Economic Review
- Tibor R. Machan '65 - former editor of Reason magazine, Stanford Hoover Institution fellow and professor at Chapman University
- Vincent Phillip Muñoz (BA 1993), Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame
- Jack L. Stark '57 - former CMC president
- Francisco Vázquez '72 - Professor and director of the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University
- Paul Brickman '71 - screenwriter, producer, and filmmaker; directed and wrote the screenplay for Risky Business
- Mason Gordon '97 - inventor of SlamBall 
- John King '86 - half of the music-producing duo The Dust Brothers
- Douglas Day Stewart '62 - screenwriter of An Officer and a Gentleman
- Dean Taylor '72 - Vice President of Baseball Operations, Assistant General Manager of the Kansas City Royals
- Claire Thomas '07 – food blogger and presenter of Food for Thought on Food Network
- William W. Crouch '63 - retired United States Army four-star general; former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
- Ron Ridenhour '72 - My Lai massacre whistleblower
Writing and journalism
- David Enrich '01 - reporter, Wall Street Journal
- Gregg Jarrett '77 - anchor, Fox News Channel
- Charles C. Johnson '11 - Far-right conservative activist
- Elise Viebeck '10 - Enterprise and investigations reporter focused on politics, The Washington Post
Dropouts and transfers
- Michael Feuer '80 - Los Angeles City Attorney, former California Assemblyman and L.A. City Councilman (transferred to Harvard, where he got his BA and JD)
- Blake Gottesman - personal aide to President George W. Bush
- Wes Parker - baseball player, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Robin Williams - actor and comedian  (transferred to College of Marin and later Juilliard)
- William Ascher - Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics; served as Dean of the Faculty from 2000–2005; prolific author and winner of the G. David Huntoon, Sr., Award for Superior Teaching
- Fred Balitzer - professor of government. He was director of the Republican National Committee under President Ronald Reagan, chairman of Scholars for Reagan-Bush in 1984, and special emissary to the Sultan of Brunei. He helped bring about diplomatic relations with China and Israel and played a leading role in preventing efforts to make the District of Columbia a state.
- Ross Eckert - professor of economics who dedicated his life to cleaning up the blood supply. The matter affected him personally as he was a hemophiliac who contracted HIV/AIDS from a bad transfusion. Eckert worked with Elliott on market-incentives to reduce congestion. He also worked to rescue the U.S. Laws of the Sea from degradation. (deceased)
- Ward Elliott - researched market solutions to Los Angeles smog problem. Elliott drafted the economic-incentives of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Thanks to his efforts, the number of first-stage smog-alerts days declined from one day in three in the 1960s to only one day in 1997.
- Diane Halpern - former president of the American Psychological Association
- Eric Helland — Professor of Economics, Senior Staff Economist, President's Council of Economic Advisers (2003–2004)
- Harry V. Jaffa - professor of political philosophy, scholar of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Aristotelian virtue, and the American founding. The National Review once had a cover story that described Jaffa as "the foremost contemporary interpreter of the American political tradition."
- Charles Kesler - editor of the Claremont Review of Books and noted conservative scholar
- Jamaica Kincaid - novelist
- Kenneth P. Miller - professor of Government specializing in California politics, direct democracy, and state constitutional law. Miller is the Associate Director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, a research institute known for its expertise in redistricting, elections, demographic research, and public policy analysis.
- Jonathan Petropoulos - historian and scholar of Holocaust-era looted art
- Mort Sahl - speech writer for President John F. Kennedy; famed comedian
- Michael Uhlmann - former Assistant Attorney General to President Gerald Ford; special assistant to President Ronald Reagan; reportedly convinced Justice Clarence Thomas to join the federal judiciary
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- "Vincent Phillip Muñoz". Department of Political Science. University of Notre Dame. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
- "Movies: Biography forPaul Brickman". The New York Times.
- "The latest cultural evolution of SlamBall". Insidesocal.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- "Claremont McKenna College - Academic Experience, Past Performance, Policies, Academic Calendar Apply4Admissions.com". Apply4admissions.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- "Kansas City Royals: Front Office". Kansascity.royals.mlb.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
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- The Playboy Interviews: The Comedians, edited by Stephen Randall, 2007, p.342
- Boehm, Mike (2008-04-15). "Prof ensnared in case of Pissarro looted by Nazis". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-07-27.