List of Jewish American politicians

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This is a list of notable Jewish American politicians, arranged chronologically.

Federal government[edit]

Senators[edit]

Current senators[edit]

State Class Senator Name Party Prior public office/position Education Assumed office Date of birth Term expires
California 1 Dianne Feinstein, official Senate photo 2.jpg Dianne Feinstein[1] Democratic Mayor of San Francisco, San Francisco Board of Supervisors Stanford University (B.A.) November 10, 1992 June 22, 1933 January 3, 2025
Colorado 3 Michael Bennet Official Photo.jpg Michael Bennet[2] Democratic Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Wesleyan University (B.A.)
Yale University (J.D.)
January 21, 2009 November 28, 1964 January 3, 2023
Connecticut 3 Richard Blumenthal Official Portrait.jpg Richard Blumenthal[3] Democratic Connecticut Attorney General, Connecticut Senate, Connecticut House of Representatives Harvard University (B.A.)
Trinity College, Cambridge (attended)
Yale University (J.D.)
January 5, 2011 February 13, 1946 January 3, 2023
Hawaii 3 Brian Schatz, official portrait, 113th Congress 2.jpg Brian Schatz[4] Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, Hawaii House of Representatives Pomona College (B.A.) December 26, 2012 October 20, 1972 January 3, 2023
Maryland 1 Ben Cardin official Senate portrait (cropped).jpg Ben Cardin[5] Democratic U.S. House, Maryland House of Delegates University of Pittsburgh (B.A.)
University of Maryland, Baltimore (J.D.)
January 3, 2007 October 5, 1943 January 3, 2025
Nevada 1 Jacky Rosen official photo 115th congress.jpg Jacky Rosen[6] Democratic U.S. House University of Minnesota (B.A.)
Clark County Community College (AAS)
January 3, 2019 August 2, 1957 January 3, 2025
New York 3 Chuck Schumer official photo (cropped).jpg Chuck Schumer[7] Democratic U.S. House, New York State Assembly Harvard University (A.B.; J.D.) January 3, 1999 November 23, 1950 January 3, 2023
Oregon 3 Ron Wyden official portrait crop.jpg Ron Wyden[8] Democratic U.S. House University of California, Santa Barbara (attended)
Stanford University (B.A.)
University of Oregon (J.D.)
February 6, 1996 May 3, 1949 January 3, 2023
Vermont 1 Bernie Sanders.jpg Bernie Sanders[9] Independent Mayor of Burlington, U.S. House Brooklyn College (attended)
University of Chicago (B.A.)
January 3, 2007 September 8, 1941 January 3, 2025

Former senators[edit]

Representatives[edit]

Current representatives[edit]

District Name Party Prior experience Education Assumed office Born in Notes
California 28 Adam Schiff official portrait (cropped).jpg Adam Schiff[16] Democratic California State Senate, Assistant Prosecutor for the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California Stanford University
Harvard University
2001 1960
California 30 Brad Sherman official photo.jpg Brad Sherman[17] Democratic California Board of Equalization University of California, Los Angeles
Harvard Law School
1997 1954
California 47 Alan Lowenthal 113th Congress Portrait.jpeg Alan Lowenthal[18] Democratic California State Senate, California State Assembly Ohio State University
Hobart College
2013 1941
California 53 Susan Davis Cropped.jpg Susan Davis[19] Democratic California State Assembly, San Diego Board of Education University of California, Berkeley
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2001 1944
Florida 22 TedDeutsch2016.jpg Ted Deutch[20] Democratic Florida Senate University of Michigan
University of Michigan Law School
2010* 1966
Florida 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz official photo.jpg Debbie Wasserman Schultz[21] Democratic Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives University of Florida 2005 1966 Former Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee
Illinois 10 Brad Schneider official photo.jpg Brad Schneider[22] Democratic consultant Northwestern 2017 1961
Kentucky 3 John Yarmuth official photo.jpg John Yarmuth[23] Democratic Newspaper Publisher, Vice-President for University Relations University of Louisville Yale University 2007 1947 First Jewish congressman from Kentucky
Michigan 8 Elissa Slotkin, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Elissa Slotkin[24] Democratic Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, CIA analyst Cornell University
Columbia University
2019 1978
New York 10 Jerrold Nadler official photo.jpg Jerrold Nadler[25] Democratic New York State Assembly Columbia University
Fordham University
1992* 1947
New York 11 Max Rose, official 116th Congress photo portrait.jpg Max Rose[26] Democratic combat veteran in Afghanistan, director of public engagement for Kings County District Attorney Wesleyan University
London School of Economics
2019 1986
New York 16 Eliot Engel, official photo portrait.jpg Eliot Engel[27] Democratic New York State Assembly Lehman College
New York Law School
1989 1947
New York 17 Nitalowey.jpeg Nita Lowey[28] Democratic New York Assistant Secretary of State Mount Holyoke College 1989 1937 First female and second chairperson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Pennsylvania 6 Chrissy Houlahan, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Chrissy Houlahan[29] Democratic entrepreneur, engineer, former U.S. Air Force officer Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2019 1967
Rhode Island 1 David Cicilline, Official Portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg David Cicilline[30] Democratic Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island House of Representatives Brown University
Georgetown University
2011 1961
Tennessee 8 Kustoff Official Headshot.jpg David Kustoff[22] Republican U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee University of Memphis 2017 1966
Tennessee 9 Stevecohen.jpeg Steve Cohen[31] Democratic Tennessee Senate Vanderbilt University
University of Memphis
2007 1949 First Jewish congressman from Tennessee
Washington 8 Kim Schrier, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Kim Schrier[32] Democratic Pediatrician University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Davis
2019 1968
Virginia 2 Elaine Luria 116th Congress.jpg Elaine Luria[33] Democratic U.S. Navy commander, engineer United States Naval Academy
Old Dominion University
2019 1975

Former representatives[edit]

Supreme Court justices[edit]

Current justices[edit]

Name Born Appt. by Age at appt. First day /
Length of service
Previous positions
Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

March 15, 1933
(age 86)
in Brooklyn, New York
Bill Clinton 60 August 10, 1993
25 years, 11 months
Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1980–1993); General Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union (1973–1980); Professor, Columbia Law School (1972–1980); Professor, Rutgers University School of Law (1963–1972)
Breyer

Stephen Breyer

August 15, 1938
(age 80)
in San Francisco, California
Bill Clinton 55 August 3, 1994
24 years, 11 months
Chief Judge, Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1990–1994); Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1980–1990); Professor, Harvard Law School (1967–1980)
Kagan

Elena Kagan

April 28, 1960
(age 59)
in New York, New York
Barack Obama 50 August 7, 2010
8 years, 11 months
Solicitor General of the United States (2009–2010); Dean of Harvard Law School (2003–2009); Professor, Harvard Law School (2001–2003); Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School (1999–2001); Associate White House Counsel (1995–1999); Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council (1995–1999); Professor, University of Chicago Law School (1995); Associate Professor, University of Chicago Law School (1991–1995)

Former justices[edit]

Name Born Died Appt. by Retired under Age at appt. First day Date of retirement
Brandeis

Louis Brandeis

November 13, 1856
in Louisville, Kentucky
October 5, 1941
in Washington, D.C.
Woodrow Wilson Franklin D. Roosevelt 55 June 1, 1916 February 13, 1939
Cardozo

Benjamin Cardozo

May 24, 1870
in New York, New York
July 9, 1938
in Port Chester, New York
Herbert Hoover Franklin D. Roosevelt 61 March 2, 1932 July 9, 1938
Frankfurter

Felix Frankfurter

November 15, 1882
in Vienna, Austria-Hungary
February 22, 1965
in Washington, D.C.
Franklin D. Roosevelt John F. Kennedy 56 January 20, 1939 August 28, 1962

Goldberg

Arthur Goldberg

August 8, 1908
in Chicago, Illinois
January 19, 1990
in Washington, D.C.
John F. Kennedy Lyndon B. Johnson 53 September 28, 1962 July 26, 1965
Fortas

Abe Fortas

June 19, 1910
in Memphis, Tennessee
April 5, 1982
in Washington, D.C.
Lyndon B. Johnson Richard Nixon 55 October 4, 1965 May 14, 1969

Cabinet officials[edit]

Current Cabinet secretaries[edit]

Office Secretary Name Assumed office Date of birth Prior public office/position Education
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin official photo (cropped).jpg Steve Mnuchin February 13, 2017 December 21, 1962 none Yale University (A.B.)

Former Cabinet secretaries[edit]

Office Secretary Name President Term started Term ended Date of birth Prior public office/position Education
Secretary of Treasury Portrait of W. Michael Blumenthal.jpg W. Michael Blumenthal Jimmy Carter January 22, 1977 August 4, 1979 January 3, 1926 None University of California, Berkley (A.B.)
Princeton University (M.A., Ph.D.)
Secretary of Transportation Neil Goldschmidt.jpg Neil Goldschmidt Jimmy Carter September 24, 1979 January 20, 1981 June 16, 1940 33rd Governor of Oregon, 45th Mayor of Portland, Oregon University of Oregon (A.B.)
University of California, Berkley (J.D.)
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger Shankbone Metropolitan Opera 2009.jpg Henry Kissinger Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford September 22, 1973 January 20, 1977 May 27, 1923 9th United States National Security Advisor Harvard University (A.B., M.A., Ph.D.)
Secretary of the Treasury PhilipMorrisKlutznick.jpg Philip Klutznick Jimmy Carter January 9, 1980 January 19, 1981 July 9, 1907 – August 14, 1999 None Harvard University (A.B.)
Georgetown University (J.D.)
Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew official portrait.jpg Jack Lew Barack Obama February 28, 2013 January 20, 2017 August 29, 1955 White House Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources University of Kansas
University of Nebraska
Creighton University (L.L.B.)
Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr.1947.jpg Henry Morgenthau, Jr. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman January 1, 1934 July 22, 1945 May 11, 1891 – February 6, 1967 Governor of the Federal Farm Board University of Cornell
B.S.
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker official portrait.jpg Penny Pritzker Barack Obama June 26, 2013 January 20, 2017 May 2, 1959 none Harvard University (A.B.)
Stanford University (J.D., M.B.A.)
Secretary of Health, Education, and welfare Abraham ribicoff.jpg Abraham Ribicoff John F. Kennedy January 21, 1961 July 13, 1962 April 9, 1910 - February 22, 1998 U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 80th Governor of Connecticut, Member of U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut University of Chicago (L.L.B.)
Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.jpg Robert Reich Bill Clinton January 20, 1993 January 20, 1997 June 24, 1946 No prior public positions held Dartmouth College (A.B.)
University College, Oxford (M.Phil)
Yale University (J.D.)
Secretary of the Treasury Pr4262ls-treasury-rubin.jpg Robert Rubin Bill Clinton January 11, 1995 July 2, 1999 August 29, 1938 Director of the National Economic Council Harvard University (A.B.)
London School of Economics
Yale University (L.L.B.)
Secretary of Energy,
Secretary of Defense,
Director of Central Intelligence
James Schlesinger official DoD photo BW.jpg James R. Schlesinger Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter August 9, 1977
July 2, 1973
February 2, 1973
August 23, 1979
November 19, 1975
July 2, 1973
February 15, 1929 - March 27, 2014 Chair of the Atomic Energy Commission Harvard University (A.B., M.A., Ph.D.)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin official photo.jpg David Shulkin Donald Trump February 14, 2017 March 28, 2018 July 22, 1959 Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health Hampshire College (A.B.)
Drexel University (M.D.)
Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers 2012.jpg Lawrence Summers Bill Clinton July 2, 1999 January 20, 2001 November 30, 1954 Deputy Secretary of Treasury, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs Massachusetts Institute of Technology (A.B.)
Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.)

State government[edit]

Governors[edit]

Current governors[edit]

State Governor Name Party Assumed office Term expires Notes
Colorado Jared Polis official photo.jpg Jared Polis[60] Democrat January 8, 2019 January 10, 2023 Member of US House of Representatives, Colorado State Board of Education, first Jewish Governor of Colorado[60] and first openly gay male Governor elected in the United States as well.[61]
Illinois J.B. Pritzker Chicago Hack Night 53 (cropped).png J.B. Pritzker[62] Democrat January 14, 2019 January 09, 2023 Philanthropist, member of the Pritzker family

Former governors[edit]

Name Party State Term Other Public Office/Position Note
Moses Alexander[63] Democratic Idaho 1915–1919 Mayor of Boise, Idaho Idaho's first and so far only Jewish governor
Simon Bamberger[64] Democratic Utah 1917–1921 First non-Mormon, first Democrat, and first and to date only person of Jewish heritage to be elected governor of the state of Utah
Washington Bartlett[65] Democratic California 1887 Mayor of San Francisco California's first and so far only Jewish governor
David Emanuel[66] Democratic-Republican Georgia 1801 Emanuel is considered to be the first Jew elected to public office in the South and the first Jewish governor of any U.S. state, although he may not have been an openly practicing Jew. As an adult he became a Presbyterian, confusing later researchers about his identity, but modern historians accept that he was Jewish.[66]
Neil Goldschmidt[67] Democratic Oregon 1987–1991 United States Secretary of Transportation
Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Eric Greitens[22] Republican Missouri 2017-2018 No Previous Positions Held Resigned on June 1, 2018 amid investigation into extramarittal affair scandal.[68]
Ernest Gruening[69] Democratic Territory of Alaska 1939–1953 United States Senator
Henry Horner[70] Democratic Illinois 1933–1940 Illinois' first Jewish governor
Madeleine Kunin[71] Democratic Vermont 1985–1991 United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Vermont's first and, to date, only female governor
Herbert H. Lehman[72] Democratic New York 1933–1942 United States Senator
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Frank Licht[73] Democratic Rhode Island 1969–1973 Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court
Member of the Rhode Island Senate
Rhode Island's first Jewish governor
Linda Lingle[74] Republican Hawaii 2002–2010 Mayor of Maui Hawaii's first and, to date, only female and Jewish governor
Marvin Mandel[75] Democratic Maryland 1969–1979 Maryland's first and to date only Jewish governor
Jack Markell[76] Democratic Delaware 2009–2017 Treasurer of Delaware Former Chairperson of the National Governors Association
Former Chairperson of the Democratic Governors Association
Julius Meier[77] Independent Oregon 1931–1935 Oregon's first Jewish governor
Ed Rendell[78] Democratic Pennsylvania 2003–2011 Mayor of Philadelphia
Abraham Ribicoff[79] Democratic Connecticut 1955–1961 United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
United States Senator
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Connecticut's first and to date only Jewish governor
Edward Salomon[80] Republican Wisconsin 1862–1864 Civil War Union General Cousin of Washington Governor Edward S. Solomon[80]
Edward S. Salomon[81][82] Republican Washington Territory. 1870–1872 Civil War Union General who was promoted to later brigadier general on March 13, 1865 for his “distinguished gallantry and meritorious service"[80] Cousin of Wisconsin Governor Edward Salomon.[80]
Arthur Seligman[83] Democratic New Mexico 1931–1933 New Mexico's first native-born, non-Hispanic, governor of Jewish ancestry
Samuel H. Shapiro[84] Democratic Illinois 1968–1969 Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
Milton Shapp[85] Democratic Pennsylvania 1971–1979 Pennsylvania's first Jewish governor
Peter Shumlin[86] Democratic Vermont 2011–2017 Vermont House of Representatives
Former President pro tempore of the Vermont State Senate
Eliot Spitzer[87] Democratic New York 2007–2008 New York Attorney General
Bruce Sundlun[88] Democratic Rhode Island 1991–1995

Lieutenant governors[edit]

Current lieutenant governors[edit]

State Lieutenant Governor Name Party Assumed office Term expires Prior public office/position
Hawaii Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii Josh Green.jpg Josh Green[89] Democrat December 3, 2018 Hawaii Senate, Hawaii House of Representatives
Vermont David Zuckerman.jpg David Zuckerman Vermont Progressive Party January 5, 2017 Vermont Senate, Vermont House of Representatives

Former lieutenant governors[edit]

State Attorneys General[edit]

Current State Attorneys General[edit]

State Attorney General Name Party Assumed office Term expires Prior Public offices/positions
Colorado Phil Weiser Democrat January 8, 2019 United States Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Maryland Brian E. Frosh 2015.jpg Brian Frosh Democrat January 21, 2015 Maryland Senate, Maryland House of Delegates
Michigan Dana Nessel Democrat January 1, 2019 None
North Carolina Josh Stein.jpg Josh Stein Democrat January 1, 2017 North Carolina Senate
Oregon Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum addresses attendees at the conference (15478927731) (cropped).jpg Ellen Rosenblum[97] Democrat June 29, 2012 Judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals
Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro.jpg Josh Shapiro[98] Democrat January 17, 2017 Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Former State Attorneys General[edit]

Speakers of the House[edit]

Current House Speakers[edit]

State Speaker Name Party Assumed office Term expires Prior public office/position
Texas Joe Straus in 2010.jpg Joe Straus[99] Republican January 13, 2009 2019 Texas House of Representatives

State Senators[edit]

Current State Senators[edit]

State Senator Name Party Assumed office Term expires Prior public office/position
California California State Sen Scott Wiener.jpg Scott Wiener[100] Democratic December 5, 2016 2020 San Francisco Board of Supervisors
California Robert Hertzberg.jpg Robert Hertzberg Democratic December 1, 2014 2022 Speaker of the California State Assembly
California Henry Stern[101] Democratic December 5, 2016 2020 Counsel to Congressman Henry Waxman
Michigan Jeremy Moss Democratic January 1, 2019 2024 Michigan House of Representatives
Texas Kel Seliger[102] Republican March 2, 2004 2019 Mayor

Municipal government[edit]

Mayors of major cities[edit]

Current mayors of major cities[edit]

City State Mayor Name Party Assumed office Term expires Prior public office/position
Anchorage Alaska Ethan Berkowitz 2008.jpg Ethan Berkowitz[103] Democratic July 1, 2015 2022 Member of Alaska House of Representatives
Austin Texas 20140505 Adler Launch Speech.jpg Steve Adler[104] Democratic January 6, 2015 2023
Burlington Vermont Miro Weinberger[105] Democratic April 2, 2012 2020
Chattanooga Tennessee Andy Berke[106] Democratic April 15, 2013 2021 Member of the Tennessee Senate
Chicago Illinois Rahm Emanuel, official photo portrait color.jpg Rahm Emanuel[41] Democratic May 16, 2011 2019 White House Chief of Staff
U.S. House
Jersey City New Jersey Steven Fulop Ward E Councilman in Jersey City New Jersey circa 2012.jpg Steven Fulop[107] Democratic July 1, 2013 2022 Jersey City Councilman
Las Vegas Nevada Carolyn Goodman.jpg Carolyn Goodman[108] Independent July 6, 2011 2019
Los Angeles California Eric Garcetti in Suit and Tie.jpg Eric Garcetti[109] Democratic July 1, 2013 2021 President of the Los Angeles City Council
Los Angeles City Councilman
Madison Wisconsin Paul Soglin 2011.jpg Paul Soglin[110] Democratic April 19, 2011 2019
Oakland California Oakland City Council member Libby Schaaf commemorating the centennial of women gaining the right to vote in California.jpg Libby Schaaf Democratic January 5, 2015 2023 Member of Oakland City Council
San Antonio Texas Ron Nirenberg.jpg Ron Nirenberg[111] Nonpartisan June 21, 2017 2019 Member of the San Antonio City Council
St. Petersburg Florida State Representative Rick Kriseman.jpg Rick Kriseman[111] Democratic January 2, 2014 2022 Member of the Florida House of Representatives
Tucson Arizona Jonathan Rothschild 2013.jpg Jonathan Rothschild[112] Democratic December 5, 2011 2019

Former mayors of major cities[edit]

Presidential candidates[edit]

See also[edit]

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