List of George Washington University alumni

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Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader
Congressman Eric Cantor, former House Majority Leader
Colin Powell: General (four-star) in the U.S. Army; National Security Advisor (1987–1989); Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–93); 65th Secretary of State (2001–2005)
Mark Warner is a current United States Senator from Virginia and former Governor of Virginia.
James William Fulbright was a member of the United States Senate representing Arkansas and chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations during the Vietnam era. Fulbright established an international exchange program, which thereafter bore his name, the Fulbright Fellowships and Scholarships.
John Edgar Hoover was the most influential but controversial director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Brian Williams, former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News
Edward Teller was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist who became a professor at the George Washington University. He would go on to be known as "the father of the hydrogen bomb".
Syngman Rhee was the first president of South Korea. His presidency, from August 1948 to April 1960, was affected by Cold War tensions. He led South Korea through the Korean War.
Michael D. Griffin, NASA Administrator
General Peter Pace was the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first U.S. Marine appointed to this position.
Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer was Vice President of Iraq under the Iraqi Transitional Government of 2005–06, and was President of Iraq under the Iraqi Interim Government from 2004 to 2005.
John Foster Dulles was an American statesman who served as Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959.
Michael Coats is a former NASA astronaut who has logged more than 19 days in space. He is the 10th director of the NASA Johnson Space Center.

This is a list of notable alumni of the George Washington University.

Notable alumni[edit]



Elected officials[edit]


U.S. Senators[edit]

  • Hank Brown, Republican from Colorado, former US Representative, 1991–1997
  • Robert Byrd, Democrat from West Virginia, former US Representative, former Majority and Minority Leader, former Majority Whip, former President Pro Tempore, former Dean of the Senate, former chairman of the Appropriations Committee, 1959–2010
  • Jean Carnahan (1955), Democrat from Missouri, 2001–2002
  • Mel Carnahan (1955), Democratic Governor of Missouri, posthumously elected to the US Senate
  • Bennett Champ Clark, from Missouri, 1933–1945
  • Kent Conrad (1975), from North Dakota, former chairman of the Budget Committee, 1987–2013
  • Norris Cotton, Republican from New Hampshire, former US Representative, former Senate Republican Conference Chairman, 1954–1974
  • Larry Craig (1970), Republican from Idaho, former US Representative, former chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, former chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, 1991–2009
  • Jeremiah Denton, Republican from Alabama, 1981–1987
  • John Foster Dulles, Republican from New York, 1949, later US Secretary of State
  • J. William Fulbright (1934, 1959), former, from Arkansas, former US Representative, former chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, creator of the Fulbright Fellowships, 1945–1974
  • Ernest W. Gibson, Jr., Republican from Vermont, 1940–1941, later Governor of Vermont
  • William A. Harris, Populist from Kansas, former US Representative, former state senator, 1897–1903, unsuccessful candidate for governor
  • Gordon J. Humphrey, Republican from New Hampshire 1979–1990, later a NH State Senator and unsuccessful candidate for governor
  • Daniel Inouye (JD 1952), from Hawaii, former US Representative, former chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, former chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Senate President Pro Tem, 1963–2012 (his death)
  • Blair Lee I (1882), former, from Maryland, 1914–1917
  • Frank Moss (JD 1937), former, from Utah, 1959–1977
  • Francis G. Newlands (JD 1869), former, from Nevada, former US Representative, 1903–1917
  • Harry Reid (JD 1964), from Nevada, former lieutenant governor, former US Representative, former Majority and Minority Whip, former Majority Leader, former chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, former chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics, former Senate Minority Leader, 1987–2017
  • William L. Scott, Republican from Virginia, former US Representative, 1973–1979
  • Howard Sutherland, Republican from West Virginia, former US Representative and State Senator, chairman of the Committee on Census, 1917–1923
  • Thomas Swann, Democrat of Maryland, former US Representative and Governor, elected to the Senate but did not serve
  • John Warner, Republican from Virginia, 1979–2009

U.S. Representatives[edit]


Other elected officials[edit]

First Family[edit]

United States Cabinet[edit]


Central Intelligence Agency[edit]

Federal Bureau of Investigation[edit]

State Department[edit]

Department of Defense[edit]

Department of Justice[edit]

United States ambassadors and diplomats[edit]

United States Armed Forces[edit]


International leaders[edit]

Faure Gnassingbé has been the President of the Republic of Togo since 2005.

Heads of state and government[edit]


Other figures[edit]









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