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 Democratic Mayor of San Francisco, San Francisco Board of Supervisors Stanford University (B.A.) November 10, 1992 June 22, 1933 January 3, 2019
Connecticut 3 Richard Blumenthal Official Portrait.jpg Richard Blumenthal 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 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 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, 2019
New York 3 Chuck Schumer official photo (cropped).jpg Chuck Schumer 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 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 Independent Mayor of Burlington, U.S. House Brooklyn College (attended)
University of Chicago (B.A.)
January 3, 2007 September 8, 1941 January 3, 2019

Former senators[edit]

Representatives[edit]

Current representatives[edit]

District Name Party Religion Prior experience Education Assumed office Born in Notes
California 28 Adam Schiff official portrait (cropped).jpg Adam Schiff[7] Democratic Judaism[citation needed] 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[8] Democratic Jewish California Board of Equalization University of California, Los Angeles
Harvard Law School
1997 1954
California 47 Alan Lowenthal 113th Congress Portrait.jpeg Alan Lowenthal[9] Democratic Jewish California State Senate, California State Assembly Ohio State University
Hobart College
2013 1941
California 53 Susan Davis Cropped.jpg Susan Davis[10] Democratic Jewish California State Assembly, San Diego Board of Education University of California, Berkeley
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2001 1944
Colorado 2 Jared Polis Official 2012.jpg Jared Polis[11] Democratic Jewish Colorado State Board of Education, internet executive Princeton University 2009 1975 First openly gay man elected as a freshman
Florida 21 Lois Frankel, Official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Lois Frankel[9] Democratic Jewish Mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida House of Representatives Minority Leader Boston University
Georgetown University Law Center
2013 1948
Florida 22 TedDeutsch2016.jpg Ted Deutch[12] Democratic Jewish Florida Senate University of Michigan
University of Michigan Law School
2010* 1966
Florida 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz official photo.jpg Debbie Wasserman Schultz[13] Democratic Jewish Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives University of Florida 2005 1966 Former Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee
Illinois 9 Janschakowskyemailsmall.jpg Jan Schakowsky Democratic Jewish Illinois House of Representatives University of Illinois 1999 1944 Democratic leadership as a Chief Deputy Whip
Illinois 10 Brad Schneider official photo.jpg Brad Schneider[14] Democratic Jewish consultant Northwestern 2017 1961
Kentucky 3 John Yarmuth official photo.jpg John Yarmuth[15] Democratic Jewish Newspaper Publisher, Vice-President for University Relations University of Louisville Yale University 2007 1947 First Jewish congressman from Kentucky
Maryland 8 Jamie Raskin official.jpg Jamie Raskin[14] Democratic Jewish Maryland Senate Harvard University
Harvard Law School
2017 1962
Michigan 9 Sander Levin, Official Portrait.JPG Sander Levin[16] Democratic Jewish U.S. Government administrator, Michigan Senate University of Chicago
Columbia University
Harvard Law School
1983 1931 Former chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means
Nevada 3 Jacky Rosen official photo (cropped).jpg Jacky Rosen[14] Democratic Jewish software developer, consultant University of Minnesota 2017 1957
New Jersey 5 Josh Gottheimer Photo.jpg Josh Gottheimer[14] Democratic Jewish Speechwriter for President Bill Clinton University of Pennsylvania
Harvard Law School
2017 1975
New York 1 Lee Zeldin new official portrait.jpg Lee Zeldin[9] Republican Jewish New York Senate University at Albany, SUNY
Albany Law School
2015 1980
New York 10 Jerrold Nadler official photo.jpg Jerrold Nadler[17] Democratic Jewish New York State Assembly Columbia University
Fordham University
1992* 1947
New York 16 Eliot Engel, official photo portrait.jpg Eliot Engel[18] Democratic Jewish New York State Assembly Lehman College
New York Law School
1989 1947
New York 17 Nitalowey.jpeg Nita Lowey[19] Democratic Jewish New York Assistant Secretary of State Mount Holyoke College 1989 1937 First female and second chairperson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Rhode Island 1 David Cicilline, Official Portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg David Cicilline[20] Democratic Jewish Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island House of Representatives Brown University
Georgetown University
2011 1961
Tennessee 8 Kustoff Official Headshot.jpg David Kustoff[14] Republican Jewish U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee University of Memphis 2017 1966
Tennessee 9 Stevecohen.jpeg Steve Cohen[21] Democratic Jewish Tennessee Senate Vanderbilt University
University of Memphis
2007 1949 First Jewish congressman from Tennessee

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 85)
in Brooklyn, New York
Bill Clinton 60 August 10, 1993
25 years, 2 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, 3 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 58)
in New York, New York
Barack Obama 50 August 7, 2010
8 years, 2 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.)

Obama Cabinet secretaries[edit]

Office Secretary Name Assumed office Date of birth Prior public office/position Education
Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew official portrait.jpg Jack Lew February 28, 2013 August 29, 1955 White House Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Harvard University (A.B.)
Georgetown University (J.D.)
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker official portrait.jpg Penny Pritzker June 26, 2013 May 2, 1959 none Harvard University (A.B.)
Stanford University (J.D., M.B.A.)

State government[edit]

Governors[edit]

Current governors[edit]

State Governor Name Party Assumed office Term expires Notes
Missouri Eric Greitens 2011-7.jpg(resigned) Eric Greitens[14] Republican January 9, 2017 January 11, 2021 No Previous Positions Held

Former governors[edit]

Name Party State Term Other Public Office/Position Note
Moses Alexander[48] Democratic Idaho 1915–1919 Mayor of Boise, Idaho Idaho's first and so far only Jewish governor
Simon Bamberger[49] 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[50] Democratic California 1887 Mayor of San Francisco California's first and so far only Jewish governor
David Emanuel[51] 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.[51]
Neil Goldschmidt[52] Democratic Oregon 1987–1991 United States Secretary of Transportation
Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Ernest Gruening[53] Democratic Territory of Alaska 1939–1953 United States Senator
Henry Horner[54] Democratic Illinois 1933–1940 Illinois' first Jewish governor
Madeleine Kunin[55] 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[56] Democratic New York 1933–1942 United States Senator
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Frank Licht[57] 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[58] Republican Hawaii 2002–2010 Mayor of Maui Hawaii's first and, to date, only female and Jewish governor
Marvin Mandel[59] Democratic Maryland 1969–1979 Maryland's first and to date only Jewish governor
Jack Markell[60] Democratic Delaware 2009–2017 Treasurer of Delaware Former Chairperson of the National Governors Association
Former Chairperson of the Democratic Governors Association
Julius Meier[61] Independent Oregon 1931–1935 Oregon's first Jewish governor
Ed Rendell[62] Democratic Pennsylvania 2003–2011 Mayor of Philadelphia
Abraham Ribicoff[63] 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 S. Salomon[64][65] Republican Washington Territory 1870–1872
Arthur Seligman[66] Democratic New Mexico 1931–1933 New Mexico's first native-born, non-Hispanic, governor of Jewish ancestry
Samuel H. Shapiro[67] Democratic Illinois 1968–1969 Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
Milton Shapp[68] Democratic Pennsylvania 1971–1979 Pennsylvania's first Jewish governor
Peter Shumlin[69] Democratic Vermont 2011–2017 Vermont House of Representatives
Former President pro tempore of the Vermont State Senate
Eliot Spitzer[70] Democratic New York 2007–2008 New York Attorney General
Bruce Sundlun[71] Democratic Rhode Island 1991–1995

Lieutenant governors[edit]

Current lieutenant governors[edit]

State Governor Name Party Assumed office Term expires Prior public office/position
Connecticut NancyWymanIreneResponse.jpg Nancy Wyman[72] Democrat January 5, 2011 2019 Comptroller of Connecticut
Blue Vermont David Zuckerman Democrat January 5th, 2016 2019 Vermont State House of Representatives,

Vermont State Senate

Former lieutenant governors[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[78] 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
Texas [[File:|75px]] Kel Seliger[79] Republican March 2, 2004 2019 Mayor
California California State Sen Scott Wiener.jpg Scott Wiener[80] Democrat December 5, 2016 2020 San Francisco Board of Supervisors

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[81] Democratic July 1, 2015 2019 Member of Alaska House of Representatives
Austin Texas 20140505 Adler Launch Speech.jpg Steve Adler[82] Democratic January 6, 2015 2019
Burlington Vermont Miro Weinberger[83] Democratic April 2, 2012 2016
Chattanooga Tennessee Andy Berke[84] Democratic April 15, 2013 2017 Member of the Tennessee Senate
Chicago Illinois Rahm Emanuel, official photo portrait color.jpg Rahm Emanuel[29] 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[85] Democratic July 1, 2013 2017 Jersey City Councilman
Las Vegas Nevada Carolyn Goodman.jpg Carolyn Goodman[86] Independent July 6, 2011 2019
Los Angeles California Eric Garcetti in Suit and Tie.jpg Eric Garcetti[87] Democratic July 1, 2013 2017 President of the Los Angeles City Council
Los Angeles City Councilman
Madison Wisconsin Paul Soglin 2011.jpg Paul Soglin[88] 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 2019 Member of Oakland City Council
San Antonio Texas Ron Nirenberg.jpg Ron Nirenberg[89] Nonpartisan June 21, 2017 2019 Member of the San Antonio City Council
St. Petersburg Florida State Representative Rick Kriseman.jpg Rick Kriseman[89] Democratic January 2, 2014 2017 Member of the Florida House of Representatives
Tucson Arizona Jonathan Rothschild 2013.jpg Jonathan Rothschild[90] Democratic December 5, 2011 2015

Former mayors of major cities[edit]

Presidential candidates[edit]

See also[edit]

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