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Many families in the United States have produced multiple generations of politicians who have had a significant influence on government and public policy in their communities, states and the country. Some have been involved because of personal ambition, some to continue their family’s work, and some out of a sense of duty. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the mother of John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy, was fond of a verse from the New Testament, “To whom much is given, much is required,” and her descendants often cited that as an influence.
Many of these families moved to national prominence from a single state or region, for example: the Huntingtons of Connecticut, the Longs of Louisiana, the Harrisons and Lees of Virginia, the Roosevelts of New York, the Daleys and the Stevensons of Illinois, the Muhlenbergs of Pennsylvania, the Tafts of Ohio, the Frelinghuysens of New Jersey, the Lodges of Massachusetts and the DuPonts of Delaware.
Other families are or have been politically involved in multiple states. The Bush family includes two presidents (one a former Vice President, the other a former governor of Texas), a senator from Connecticut, and a governor of Florida.
Kennedy family included a president, an attorney general, and a senator from New York in one generation. Other members have been elected to public office in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and California.
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- Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan (Oct 5, 2012). "The biggest political dynasties in every US state". Washington Post.