List of Jewish political milestones in the United States
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The following is a list of Jewish political milestones in the United States.
- First Jewish member of a colonial legislature (South Carolina): Francis Salvador (1775)
- First Jewish soldier killed in the American Revolutionary War: Francis Salvador (1776)
- First governor of Jewish heritage of a U.S. state: David Emanuel (1801)
- First Jewish member of the U.S. Congress/U.S. House of Representatives: Lewis Charles Levin (1845)
- First Jewish heritage member of the United States Senate: David Levy Yulee (1845)
- First Jewish mayor of a major American city (Iowa City, Iowa): Moses Bloom (1873)
- First elected Jewish governor of a U.S. state: Washington Bartlett (California) (1887)
- First Jewish Cabinet member/Secretary of Commerce and Labor: Oscar Straus (1906)
- First Jewish Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: Louis Brandeis (1916)
- First Jewish female member of the U.S. Congress/U.S. House of Representatives: Florence Prag Kahn (1925)
- First person of Jewish ancestry to run for President of the United States on a major party ticket: Barry Goldwater (1964) (Goldwater's father was Jewish; Goldwater was raised Episcopalian)
- First Jewish candidate to receive an electoral vote for Vice President: Toni Nathan of the Libertarian Party, from a faithless elector (1972)
- First Jewish Secretary of State: Henry Kissinger (1973)
- First Jewish female mayor of a major American city (San Francisco): Dianne Feinstein (1977)
- First Jewish female governor: Madeleine M. Kunin (1985)
- First Jewish openly gay member of the U.S. Congress/U.S. House of Representatives: Barney Frank (took office 1981, disclosed homosexuality 1989)
- First senate election in which both major party candidates were Jewish. (1990 Minnesota U.S. Senate Election) (1990)
- First independent Jewish member of the U.S. Congress/U.S. House of Representatives: Bernie Sanders (1991)
- First Jewish female members of the United States Senate: Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (1993)
- First Jewish female Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993)
- First Jewish nominee for Vice President of the United States on a major party ticket, and first Jewish candidate to receive an electoral vote excluding faithless electors: Joe Lieberman (2000)
- First Jewish elected official representing large constituency to serve past ninety years of age: David Cohen (2004)
- First Jewish whip in the U.S. House of Representatives: Eric Cantor (2009) (also first Jewish party whip in either house)
- First openly gay Jewish Congressman to be openly gay upon first election: Jared Polis (2009)
- Number of Jewish Senators rises from thirteen to fifteen (15% of all American Senators vs. approx. 2% of the general population) (2009)
- First Jewish floor leader in the U.S. House of Representatives: Eric Cantor (2011) (also first Jewish floor leader and Majority Leader in either house)
- First Jewish mayor of minority descent: Eric Garcetti, elected mayor of Los Angeles (2013)
- First Jewish female Cabinet member/United States Secretary of Commerce: Penny Pritzker (2013)
- First Jewish American to win a U.S. presidential primary: Bernie Sanders, New Hampshire primary, (2016) (Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential nominee, was the first winner of Jewish heritage, but was a Christian).
- First Jewish American to receive an electoral vote for President: Bernie Sanders (2016, from a “faithless elector”)
- First Jewish floor leader in the U.S. Senate: Chuck Schumer (2017)
- First Jewish member of First Family: Ivanka Trump, 2017
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