List of United States political families (R)

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The following is an alphabetical list of political families in the United States whose last name begins with R.

Contents

The Raines[edit]

  • Thomas Raines (1842–1924), Treasurer of New York 1872–74 1874–75. Brother of George Raines and John Raines.[1]
  • George Raines, New York State Senator 1878–79, delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Brother of Thomas Raines and John Raines.[2]
  • John Raines (1840–1909), New York Assemblyman 1881–83 1885, New York State Senator 1886–89 1894–1909, President of the Canandaigua, New York Board of Education 1887–1909; delegate to the Republican National Convention 1888; U.S. Representative from New York 1889–93; acting Lieutenant Governor of New York 1906. Brother of Thomas Raines and George Raines.[3]

The Ramos and Vilellas[edit]

Additionally, the Ramos family of Manatí includes:

  • Oreste Ramos Muñiz, former president of the Asociación de Agricultores (Farmers' Association) and his sons:
  • Oreste Ramos Díaz (senator for San Juan between 1977 and 1997)
  • Héctor R. Ramos Díaz, former secretary of DACO (Department of Consumer Affairs).

NOTE: Jeanette Ramos Buonomo's father, Ernesto Ramos Antoninni, was also a political figure in Puerto Rico.

The Ramsays[edit]

  • Nathaniel Ramsey (1741–1817), delegate to the Maryland Constitutional Convention 1775, Maryland House Delegate 1785, Delegate to the Continental Congress from Maryland 1786–87, U.S. Marshal of Maryland 1790–98. Brother of David Ramsay.[4]
  • David Ramsay (1749–1815), South Carolina State Representative 1776–83, Delegate to the Continental Congress from South Carolina 1782–83 1785–86. Brother of Nathaniel Ramsey.[5]

The Randalls[edit]

The Randolphs[edit]

See Randolph family of Virginia

The Randolphs of New Jersey[edit]

  • James F. Randolph (1791–1872), U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue 1815–46, Clerk of Court of Common Pleas in New Jersey, New Jersey Assemblyman 1823–24, U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1828–33. Father of Theodore Fitz Randolph.[8]
    • Theodore Fitz Randolph (1826–1883), New Jersey Assemblyman 1859, New Jersey State Senator 1862–63, Governor of New Jersey 1869–72, U.S. Senator from New Jersey 1875–81. Son of James F. Randolph.[9]

The Rankins[edit]

  • Jeannette Rankin (1880–1973), U.S. Representative from Montana 1917–19 1941–43, candidate for U.S. Senate from Montana 1918. Sister of Wellington D. Rankin.[10]
  • Wellington D. Rankin (1884–1966), Attorney General of Montana 1921–24, U.S. Attorney of Montana 1926–34, candidate for Governor of Montana 1928, candidate for U.S. Senate from Montana 1942. Brother of Jeannette Rankin.[11]

The Rathbones and Harrises[edit]

The Ratliffs[edit]

The Rays[edit]

  • James B. Ray (1794–1848), Indiana State Representative 1821–22, Indiana State Senator 1822–25, candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 1824 1831 1837, Governor of Indiana 1825–31. Brother of Martin M. Ray.[15]
  • Martin M. Ray (1795–1865), Indiana State Representative 1826–27 1834–36, candidate for Indiana State Senator 1848. Brother of James B. Ray.[16]
    • Martin M. Ray (1823–1872), delegate to the Whig Party National Convention 1848, candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 1858, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1860 1872, Indiana State Senator 1861–63. Nephew of James B. Ray and Martin M. Ray.[17]

The Reagans[edit]

  • Ronald Reagan (1911–2004), Governor of California 1967–75, candidate for the Republican nomination for President, 1976, President of the United States 1981–89. Father of Maureen Reagan.[18]
    • Maureen Reagan (1941–2001), member of the California World Trade Commission, chairwoman of the U.S. delegation of the United Nations Decade for Women Conference, co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, chairwoman of the Republican Women's Political Action League, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from California, 1982, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from California, 1992. Daughter of Ronald Reagan.[19]

The Reames and Tongues[edit]

  • Thomas H. Tongue (1844–1903), Mayor of Hillsboro, Oregon 1882–83 1886–87; Oregon State Senator 1888–92; Chairman of the Oregon Republican Convention 1890 1894; delegate to the Republican National Convention 1892; U.S. Representative from Oregon 1897–1903. Father-in-law of Alfred E. Reames.
    • Alfred E. Reames (1870–1943), U.S. Senator from Oregon 1938. Son-in-law of Thomas H. Tongue.
      • Thomas Tongue (1912–1994), Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court 1969–82. Grandson of Thomas H. Tongue.

The Reams[edit]

  • Frazier Reams (1897–1971), delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1928 1932 1936 1940 1944 1948 1956, Prosecuting Attorney of Lucas County, Ohio 1933–37; candidate for Democratic nomination for Attorney General of Ohio 1936; candidate for Democratic nomination for Governor of Ohio 1944; U.S. Representative from Ohio 1951–55. Father of Frazier Reams Jr..
    • Frazier Reams Jr. (born 1929), Ohio State Senator, candidate for Governor of Ohio 1966. Son of Frazier Reams.

The Reeds[edit]

  • Clyde M. Reed (1871–1949), Governor of Kansas 1929–31, U.S. Senator from Kansas 1939–49. Father of Clyde M. Reed, Jr.[20]
    • Clyde M. Reed, Jr., delegate to the Republican National Convention 1948, candidate for Governor of Kansas 1958. Son of Clyde M. Reed.[21]

The Reeds of Pennsylvania[edit]

  • Charles Manning Reed (1803–1871), Pennsylvania State Representative 1837–38, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1843–45. Father of Charles M. Reed, Jr..

The Reeds of Pennsylvania (II)[edit]

  • James Hay Reed (1853–1927), U.S. District Court Judge in Pennsylvania 1891–92. Father of David A. Reed.[22]
    • David A. Reed (1880–1953), U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania 1922–35, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1924 1940. Son of James Hay Reed.[23]

The Reeds and Joys[edit]

  • John Reed, Sr. (1751–1831), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1795–1801. Father of John Reed, Jr.[24]
    • John Reed, Jr. (1781–1860), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1813–17 1821–41, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts 1845–51. Son of John Reed, Sr.[25]
      • James F. Joy, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1880. Son-in-law of John Reed, Jr.[26]

The Reeveses[edit]

The Reeveses and Robinsons of Louisiana[edit]

The Reids[edit]

  • Harry Reid (born 1939), Nevada Assemblyman 1967–71, Lieutenant Governor of Nevada 1971–75, candidate for U.S. Senator from Nevada 1974, Chair of Nevada Gaming Commission 1977-1981, U.S. Representative from Nevada 1983-1987, U.S. Senator from Nevada 1987–2017. Father of Rory Reid.

The Reids and Mills[edit]

The Reids of Illinois[edit]

The Reids and Settles[edit]

  • Thomas Settle (1789–1857), member of the North Carolina House of Commons 1816, 1826–29, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1817–21, Judge of the North Carolina Superior Court 1832–57. Father of Thomas Settle.[35]
    • Thomas Settle (1831–1888), member of the North Carolina House of Commons 1858–59, North Carolina State Senator 1865–66, Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, U.S. Minister to Peru 1871, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1872, candidate for Governor of North Carolina 1876. Son of Thomas Settle.[36]
    • David Settle Reid (1813–1891), North Carolina State Senator 1835–42, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1843–47, Governor of North Carolina 1851–54, U.S. Senator from North Carolina 1854–59. Nephew of Thomas Settle.[37]
      • Thomas Settle III (1865–1919), Solicitor in North Carolina 1886–94, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1893–97, candidate for Governor of North Carolina 1912. Son of Thomas Settle.[38]

NOTE: Thomas Settle was also first cousin by marriage of U.S. Representatives John Kerr[39] and Bartlett Yancey.[40]

The Remmels[edit]

  • H.L. Remmel (1852–1927), candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 1884, Arkansas State Representative 1886, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1892 1908 1920 1924, candidate for Governor of Arkansas 1892 1896 1900, Chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party 1900–25, Republican National Committeeman 1912–20 1924, candidate for U.S. Senate from Arkansas 1916. Uncle of A.C. Remmel.[41]
    • A.C. Remmel (1882–1920), candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 1910 1912, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1920. Nephew of H.L. Remmel.[42]
    • Ellen Cates Remmel (1888–1961), Republican National Committeewoman 1928–57, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1932 1936 1948 1956. Wife of A.C. Remmel.[43]
      • Pratt C. Remmel (1915–1991), delegate to the Republican National Convention 1952 1956, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas 1952–55; candidate for Governor of Arkansas 1954. Son of A.C. Remmel and Ellen Cates Remmel.[44]

The Revercombs[edit]

The Reyburns[edit]

  • John E. Reyburn (1845–1914), Pennsylvania State Representative 1871 1874–76, Pennsylvania State Senator 1876–92, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1890–97 1906–07, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1907–11. Father of William S. Reyburn.[49]
    • William S. Reyburn (1882–1946), Pennsylvania State Representative 1909–11, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1911–13. Son of John E. Reyburn.[50]

The Reynolds[edit]

  • John Reynolds (1788–1865), Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court 1818–25, candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois 1823, Illinois State Representative 1827–29 1846 1852, Governor of Illinois 1830–34, U.S. Representative from Illinois 1834–37 1839–43, candidate for Illinois State Senate 1848. Brother of Thomas Reynolds.[51]
  • Thomas Reynolds (1796–1844), Governor of Missouri 1840–44. Brother of John Reynolds.[52]

The Reynolds of Wisconsin[edit]

  • John W. Reynolds, Sr., District Attorney of Brown County, Wisconsin 1906–10; delegate to the Republican National Convention 1924; Attorney General of Wisconsin 1927–33. Father of John W. Reynolds, Jr..
    • John W. Reynolds, Jr. (1921–2002), Attorney General of Wisconsin 1959–63, Governor of Wisconsin 1963–65, candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States 1964, U.S. District Court Judge in Wisconsin 1965–71, U.S. District Court Chief Judge in Wisconsin 1971–2002. Son of John W. Reynolds, Sr..

The Rhodes[edit]

  • John Jacob Rhodes (1916–2003), candidate for Arizona Attorney General 1950, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1952 1954 1968, U.S. Representative from Arizona 1953–83. Father of John Jacob Rhodes III.[53]

The Rices[edit]

  • Henry Mower Rice (1816–1894), U.S. Congressional Delegations from Minnesota Territory 1853–57, U.S. Senator from Minnesota 1858–63. Brother of Edmund Rice.[55]
  • Edmund Rice (1819–1889), Minnesota State Senator 1864–66 1874–76, Minnesota State Representative 1867 1872 1877–78, U.S. Representative from Minnesota 1887–89. Brother of Henry Mower Rice.[56]

The Riches[edit]

  • Charles Rich (1771–1824), Vermont State Representative 1800–11, Addison County, Vermont Judge; U.S. Representative from Vermont 1813–15 1817–24. Grandfather of John T. Rich.[57]
    • John T. Rich (1841–1926), Michigan State Representative 1873–80, Michigan State Senator 1881, U.S. Representative from Michigan 1881–83, Governor of Michigan 1893–96, U.S. Collector of Customs of Detroit, Michigan 1898–1906; Treasurer of Michigan 1908. Grandson of Charles Rich.[58]

The Richards[edit]

The Richardsons[edit]

  • William M. Richardson (1774–1838), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1811–14, U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts, Chief Justice of New Hampshire 1816–38. Uncle of William Adams Richardson.
    • William Adams Richardson (1821–1896), U.S. Secretary of the Treasury 1873–74, Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Claims of Massachusetts 1874–96. Nephew of William M. Richardson.

The Riegles[edit]

  • Donald W. Riegle, Mayor of Flint, Michigan 1952–54. Father of Donald W. Riegle, Jr.[61]
    • Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (born 1938), U.S. Representative from Michigan 1967–76, U.S. Senator from Michigan 1976–95, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1984 1996 2000. Son of Donald W. Riegle.[62]

The Ripleys[edit]

The Ritchies[edit]

  • James M. Ritchie (1829–1918), delegate to the Republican National Convention 1880, U.S. Representative from Ohio 1881–83. Father of Byron F. Ritchie.[65]
    • Byron F. Ritchie (1853–1928), U.S. Representative from Ohio 1893–95, Common Pleas Court Judge in Ohio 1914–28. Son of James M. Ritchie.[66]

The Ritchies of Maryland[edit]

  • Albert Ritchie, delegate to the Maryland Constitutional Convention 1867. Father of Albert Ritchie.[67]
    • Albert Ritchie (1876–1936), Attorney General of Maryland 1915–19, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1916 1924 1928, Governor of Maryland 1920–35, candidate for Democratic nomination for President of the United States 1924 1932. Son of Albert Ritchie.[68]

The Rives[edit]

  • William Cabell Rives (1793–1868), delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention 1816, Virginia House Delegate 1817–20 1822–23, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1823–29, U.S. Senator from Virginia 1832–34 1836–39 1841–45, Delegate to the Confederate States Provisional Congress 1861–62, Confederate States Representative from Virginia 1862–65. Brother of Alexander Rives.
  • Alexander Rives (1806–1885), Judge of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals 1866–69, Judge of U.S. District Court in Virginia 1871–82. Brother of William Cabell Rives.

The Roanes[edit]

  • John Roane (1766–1838), Virginia House Delegate 1788–90 1792, delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention 1788, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1809–15 1827–31 1835–37. Father of John J. Roane.[69]
    • John J. Roane (1794–1869), Virginia House Delegate 1820–23, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1831–33. Son of John Roane.[70]

The Roberts[edit]

  • C. Wesley Roberts (1902–1976), Chairman of the Republican National Committee 1953. Father of Charles P. Roberts.
    • Charles P. Roberts (born 1936), U.S. Representative from Kansas 1981–97, U.S. Senator from Kansas 1997–present. Son of C. Wesley Roberts.

The Robertsons[edit]

  • Edward White Robertson (1823–1887), Louisiana State Representative 1847–49 1853, U.S. Representative from Louisiana 1877–83 1887. Father of Samuel Matthews Robertson.[71]
    • Samuel Matthews Robertson (1852–1911), Louisiana State Representative 1879, U.S. Representative from Louisiana 1887–1907. Son of Edward White Robertson.[72]

The Robertsons of Louisiana and Virginia[edit]

  • John Robertson (1787–1873), Attorney General of Virginia, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1834–39, Judge of the Henrico County, Virginia Circuit Court of Chancery; Virginia State Senator 1861–63. Brother of Thomas B. Robertson and Wyndham Robertson.[73]
  • Thomas B. Robertson (1779–1828), Secretary of the Territory of Orleans 1807–11, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1812–18, Governor of Virginia 1820–24, Judge of U.S. District Court of Louisiana 1825. Brother of John Robertson and Wyndham Robertson.[74]
  • Wyndham Robertson (1803–1888), Governor of Virginia 1836–37. Brother of John Robertson and Thomas B. Robertson.[75]

The Robertsons of Virginia[edit]

  • A. Willis Robertson (1887–1971), Virginia State Senator 1916–22, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1933–46, U.S. Senator from Virginia 1946–67, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1948 1952. Father of Marion G. Robertson.[76]
    • Marion G. Robertson (born 1930), candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States 1988. Son of A. Willis Robertson.[77]

The Robertsons and Eastaughs[edit]

  • Ralph Elliott Robertson (1885–1961), Mayor of Juneau, Alaska 1920–23, delegate to Alaska's Constitutional Convention 1955–56, candidate for U.S. Senator from Alaska 1958. Father-in-law of Frederick Eastaugh.
    • Frederick Orlebar Eastaugh (1913–1992), Vice Consul for Norway in Alaska 1951–86, Vice Consul for France in Alaska 1953–85, Alaska Territory Representative 1953–55. Son-in-law of R. E. Robertson. Father of Robert Eastaugh.
      • Robert Ladd Eastaugh (born 1943), Associate Justice of Alaska Supreme Court 1994–2009. Son of Frederick Eastaugh.

The Robinsons[edit]

  • Samuel Robinson (1738-1813), Member of Vermont's Board of War during the American revolution; Justice of the Peace; Judge of southern Bennington County; Member of the Vermont House of Representatives (1779-1780); Speaker of the House (1780). Brother of Moses and Jonathan Robinson.
  • Moses Robinson (1741–1813), member of the Vermont Council of Safety, Vermont Governor's Councilman 1778–85, Chief Justice of Vermont, Governor of Vermont 1789–90, U.S Senator from Vermont 1791–95 1795–96, Vermont State Representative 1802. Brother of Samuel and Jonathan Robinson.[78]
    • Moses Robinson Jr. (1763-1825), member of the Vermont Governor's Council, 1814-1815, member of the Vermont House of Representatives. Son of Moses Robinson.
    • Aaron Robinson (1767-1850), Town Clerk of Bennington; Justice of the Peace; Member of the Vermont House of Representatives (1816–17); Bennington County Judge of Probate (1835–36). Son of Moses Robinson.
    • Nathan Robinson (1772-1812), Member of the Vermont House of Representatives. Son of Moses Robinson.
      • John S. Robinson (1804–1860), Governor of Vermont 1853–54, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1860. Grandson of Moses Robinson.
  • Jonathan Robinson (1756–1819), Clerk of Bennington, Vermont 1795–1801; Vermont State Representative 1789–1802 1818; Judge of Vermont Probate Court 1795–98 1815–19; Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court 1801–07; U.S. Senator from Vermont 1807–15. Brother of Samuel and Moses Robinson.[79]

The Robsions[edit]

  • John M. Robsion (1873–1948), delegate to the Republican National Convention 1916 1928 1940 1944, U.S. Representative from Kentucky 1919–30 1935–48, U.S. Senator from Kentucky 1930. Father of John M. Robsion.[80]
    • John M. Robsion, Jr. (1904–1990), Kentucky Circuit Court Judge 1946–52, U.S. Representative from Kentucky 1953–59, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1956 1960, candidate for Governor of Kentucky 1959. Son of John M. Robsion, Jr.[81]

The Rockefellers and Aldriches[edit]

See Rockefeller-Aldrich family political line

The Rockwells[edit]

  • Julius Rockwell (1805–1888), Massachusetts State Representative 1834–38 1858, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1843–51, delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention 1853, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts 1854–55, Judge of the Massachusetts Superior Court 1859–86. Father of Francis W. Rockwell.[82]
    • Francis W. Rockwell (1844–1929), Justice in Massachusetts 1873–75, Massachusetts State Representative 1879, Massachusetts State Senator 1881–82, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1884–91, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1900. Son of Julius Rockwell.[83]

The Rodgers[edit]

  • David Rodgers, Mayor of Spokane, Washington 1967–77. Father-in-law of Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
    • Cathy McMorris Rodgers (born 1969), Washington State Representative 1995–2005, U.S. Representative from Washington 2005–present. Daughter-in-law of David Rodgers.

The Rodneys[edit]

  • Caesar Rodney (1728–1784), Sheriff of Kent County, Delaware 1755–58; Justice of the Peace for New Castle, Delaware 1759–69; Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court 1769–77; Delaware Assemblyman 1761–76; Delegate to the Continental Congress from Delaware 1774–76 1777–78 1778–79 1782–83 1783 1783–84; President of Delaware 1778–81; Delaware Councilman 1783–84. Brother of Thomas Rodney.[84]
  • Thomas Rodney (1744–1811), Justice of the Peace for Kent County, Delaware; Delaware State Representative 1781 1786 1787; Delegate to the Continental Congress from Delaware 1781–82 1784 1785–86 1786–87; Chief Justice of Mississippi 1803–11. Brother of Caesar Rodney.[85]
  • Daniel Rodney (1764–1846), Justice of the Peace from Georgetown, Delaware 1793–1806, candidate for Governor of Delaware 1810; Governor of Delaware 1814–1917; U.S. Representative from Delaware 1822–23; U.S. Senator from Delaware 1826–27. Cousin of Caesar Rodney and Thomas Rodney.
  • Caleb Rodney (1767–1840), Delaware State Representative 1802–06 1812–14, Delaware State Senator 1806–10 1816–17 1818–22, Governor of Delaware 1822–23. Brother of Daniel Rodney.[86]
    • Caesar A. Rodney (1772–1824), Delaware State Representative 1797–1803, U.S. Representative from Delaware 1803–05 1821–22, U.S. Attorney General 1807–11, Delaware State Senator 1815–18, U.S. Senator from Delaware 1822–23, U.S. Minister to Argentina 1823–24. Son of Thomas Rodney.[87]
    • George B. Rodney (1803–1883), U.S. Representative from Delaware 1841–45. Cousin of Caesar Rodney, Thomas Rodney, and Caesar A. Rodney.[88]
    • Caleb S. Layton (1798–1882), Delaware State Representative 1826–30, Delaware Secretary of State 1830–33 1836–37, Justice of the Delaware Superior Court. Son-in-law of Caleb Rodney.
      • John M. Richardson (1858–1930), candidate for U.S. Representative from Delaware 1928. Great-grandson-in-law of Caleb Rodney.[89]

NOTE: John M. Richardson was also brother-in-law of Delaware State Representative Harry V. Lyons.[90]

The Roemers[edit]

The Rogers of Florida[edit]

  • Dwight L. Rogers (1886–1954), Florida State Representative 1930–38, U.S. Representative from Florida 1945–54. Father of Paul G. Rogers.[101]
    • Paul G. Rogers (1921–2008), U.S. Representative from Florida 1955–79. Son of Dwight L. Rogers.[102]

The Rogers of New York and Pennsylvania[edit]

The Rollins[edit]

  • Edward H. Rollins (1824–1889), New Hampshire State Representative 1855–57, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1860 1884, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 1861–67, U.S. Senator from New Hampshire 1877–83. Father of Frank W. Rollins.
    • Frank W. Rollins (1860–1915), New Hampshire State Senator 1895–96, Governor of New Hampshire 1899–1901. Son of Edward H. Rollins.

The Rolphs[edit]

The Romers[edit]

  • Roy Romer (born 1928), Colorado State Representative 1959–63, candidate for U.S. Senate from Colorado 1966, Treasurer of Colorado 1977–87, Governor of Colorado 1987–99, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee 1997–99, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 2000. Father of Chris Romer.[107]

The Romneys[edit]

See Pratt-Romney family.

The Rooneys[edit]

  • Dan Rooney (born 1932), United States Ambassador to Ireland and chairman emeritus of the Pittsburgh Steelers, founded by his father, Art Rooney.[109]
  • Patrick Rooney, Jr. (born 1964), Florida State Representative, President of Palm Beach Kennel Club. Nephew of Dan Rooney. Brother of Thomas J. Rooney and Brian J. Rooney.[110]
  • Chris Rooney (born 1968), Campaign manager for brothers Pat Jr. and Tom.[110]
  • Thomas J. Rooney (born 1970), U.S. Representative from Florida 2009–present. Brother of Patrick Rooney, Jr. and Brian J. Rooney.
  • Brian J. Rooney (born 1972), Deputy Director of Michigan Department of Human Services, candidate in 2010 for U.S. Representative from Michigan. Member of the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Steelers.[111][112] Brother of Patrick Rooney, Jr. and Thomas J. Rooney.

The Roosevelts[edit]

See Roosevelt family political line.

The Rosecrans and Tooles[edit]

  • William S. Rosecrans (1819–1898), U.S. Minister to Mexico 1868–69, U.S. Representative from California 1881–85. Father-in-law of Joseph K. Toole.[113]
    • Joseph K. Toole (1851–1929), Montana Territory Representative 1879–81, Montana Territory Councilman 1881–83, delegate to the Montana Territory Constitutional Convention 1884, U.S. Congressional Delegate from the Montana Territory 1885–89, delegate to the Montana Constitutional Convention 1889, Governor of Montana 1889–93 1901–08, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1892 1904. Son-in-law of William S. Rosecrans.[114]

The Ross[edit]

The Ross of Pennsylvania[edit]

  • John Ross (1770–1834), Pennsylvania State Representative 1800, Orphans' Court Clerk in Pennsylvania 1800–03, Northampton County, Pennsylvania Register 1800–09; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1809–11 1815–18; Pennsylvania District Judge 1818–30; Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court 1830–34. Father of Thomas Ross.[117]
    • Thomas Ross (1806–1865), U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1849–53. Son of John Ross.[118]

The Ross, Hewins, and Snyders[edit]

  • Edmund G. Ross (1826–1907), delegate to the Kansas Constitutional Convention 1859, U.S. Senator from Kansas 1866–71, candidate for Governor of Kansas 1880, Governor of New Mexico Territory 1885–89. Brother of William Wallace Ross.[119]
  • William Wallace Ross (1828–1889), delegate to the Kansas Constitutional Convention 1857, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1860, Mayor of Topeka, Kansas 1865–66. Brother of Edmund G. Ross.[120]
  • Edwin Mortimer Hewins (1839–1898), Kansas State Representative 1877–79, Kansas State Senator 1885–87. Brother-in-law of Edmund G. Ross and William Wallace Ross.[121]

NOTE: William Wallace Ross was also great-grandson-in-law of Massachusetts State Senator Simon Frye.[123]

The Roudebushes[edit]

  • Oscar H. Roudebush, Treasurer of Crawford County, Pennsylvania 1920; delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1928. Third cousin once removed of Allen C. Loudebush.
    • Allen C. Roudebush (1884–1960), Mayor of Norwood, Ohio 1938–43. Third cousin once removed of Oscar H. Roudebush.
      • Richard L. Roudebush (1918–1995), U.S. Representative from Indiana 1961–71, candidate for U.S. Senate from Indiana 1970. Fourth cousin once removed of Allen C. Roudebush.

The Rounds[edit]

  • Marion M. Rounds (born 1954), South Dakota State Representative 1991–2001, Governor of South Dakota 2003–11, delegate to the Republican National Convention 2004 2008, U.S. Senator from South Dakota 2015–present. Brother of Tim Rounds.[124]
  • Tim Rounds, South Dakota State Representative 2007–present.[125]

The Royalls[edit]

  • Kenneth Claiborne Royall (1894–1971), North Carolina State Senator 1927, U.S. Secretary of War 1947, U.S. Secretary of the Army 1947–49, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1964. Husband of Margaret Best Royall.[126]
  • Margaret Best Royall, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1948. Wife of Kenneth Claiborne Ryoall.[127]
    • Kenneth Claiborne Royall, Jr. (1919–1999), North Carolina State Representative 1967–72, North Carolina State Senator 1973–92. Son of Kenneth Claiborne Royall and Margaret Best Royall.[128]

The Roybals[edit]

  • Edward R. Roybal (1916–2005), Los Angeles, California Councilman 1949–62; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of California 1954; delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1956 1960 1964; U.S. Representative from California 1963–93. Father of Lucille Roybal-Allard.[129]
    • Lucille Roybal-Allard (born 1941), California Assemblywoman 1987–92, U.S. Representative from California 1993–present, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 2000 2004 2008. Daughter of Edward R. Roybal.[130]

The Ruffins[edit]

  • Thomas Ruffin (1787–1870), member of the North Carolina House of Commons, North Carolina Superior Court Judge 1816–18 1825–28, Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court 1829–33 1858–59, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court 1833–52. Distant cousin of Thomas Hart Ruffin.[131]

NOTE: Charles R. Thomas was also son of U.S. Representative Charles R. Thomas.[134]

The Runnels[edit]

  • Hiram G. Runnels (1796–1857), Auditor of Mississippi 1822–30, member of the Mississippi Legislature 1830 1841, Governor of Mississippi 1833–35, delegate to the Texas Constitutional Convention 1845. Uncle of Hardin Richard Runnels.[135]
    • Hardin Richard Runnels (1820–1873), Texas State Representative 1847–54, Lieutenant Governor of Texas 1855–57, Governor of Texas 1857–59, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1860, delegate to the Texas Constitutional Convention 1866. Nephew of Hiram G. Runnels.[136]
    • William R. Baker (1820–1890), Texas State Senator 1874–75, Mayor of Houston, Texas 1880–86. Nephew by marriage of Hiram G. Runnels.

The Ruppersbergers[edit]

  • C. Albert Ruppersberger (born 1921), delegate to the Democratic National Convention 2000. Father of Charles A. Ruppersberger III.[137]

The Rushes[edit]

  • Benjamin Rush (1746–1813), Delegate to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania 1776–77. Father of Richard Rush.[139]
    • Richard Rush (1780–1859), Attorney General of Pennsylvania 1811, Attorney General of the United States 1814–17, U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom 1818–25, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury 1825–29, candidate for Vice President of the United States 1828, U.S. Minister to France 1847–49. Son of Benjamin Rush.[140]

The Rusks of Wisconsin[edit]

  • Jeremiah McLain Rusk (1830–1893), U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 1871-1877, Governor of Wisconsin 1882-1889, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture 1889-1893. Father of Lycurgus J. Rusk.

The Russells of Georgia[edit]

  • Richard Russell, Sr. (1861–1938), Georgia State Representative 1882, candidate for Governor of Georgia 1906 1911, Solicitor General of Georgia Superior Court, Judge of Georgia Court of Appeals, candidate for U.S. Representative from Georgia 1916, Chief Justice of Georgia Supreme Court 1922–38, candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia 1926. Father of Richard Russell, Jr. and Robert Russell.[142]
    • Richard Russell, Jr. (1897–1971), Georgia State Representative 1921–31, Governor of Georgia 1931–33, U.S. Senator from Georgia 1933–71, candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States 1952, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1952. Son of Richard Russell, Sr.[143]
    • Robert Lee Russell (1900–1955), U.S. District Court Judge in George 1940–49, Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals 1949–55. Son of Richard Russell, Sr.[144]
      • Robert Russell, Jr., (1925–1965) Georgia State Representative 1951–58, Democratic National Committeeman 1960–62, Judge of Georgia Court of Appeals 1962–65. Son of Robert Russell.[145]
      • Ernest Vandiver (1918–2005), Lieutenant Governor of Georgia 1955–59, Governor of Georgia 1959–63, candidate for Governor of Georgia 1966, withdrew nomination; candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia 1972. Nephew-in-law of Richard Russell, Jr.[146]

The Russells of Massachusetts[edit]

The Russells of Pennsylvania[edit]

The Rutledges[edit]

  • John Rutledge (1739–1800), Delegate to the Continental Congress from South Carolina 1774, President of South Carolina 1776–78, Governor of South Carolina 1779, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1789–91, Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court 1790, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1795. Brother of Edward Rutledge.[149]
  • Edward Rutledge (1749–1800), Delegate to the Continental Congress from South Carolina 1774–76, South Carolina State Representative 1782, Governor of South Carolina 1798–1800. Brother of John Rutledge.[150]
    • John Rutledge, Jr. (1766–1819), member of the South Carolina Legislature, U.S. Representative from South Carolina 1797–1803. Son of John Rutledge.[151]

NOTE: Edward Rutledge was also brother-in-law of U.S. Representative Henry Middleton.[152]

The Ryans[edit]

  • Goldsmith W. Hewitt (1834–1895), Alabama State Representative 1870–71 1886–88, Alabama State Senator 1872–74, U.S. Representative from Alabama 1875–79 1881–85. Father-in-law of William C. Fitts.[153]
    • William C. Fitts (1866–1954), Attorney General of Alabama 1894–98, delegate to the Alabama Constitutional Convention 1901. Son-in-law of Goldsmith W. Hewitt.[154]
      • Bernard Ryan, Sr., Chairman of Orleans County, New York 1927; delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1928; Judge of the New York Court of Claims.Son-in-law of William C. Fitts.[155]
        • William Fitts Ryan (1922–1972), delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1968, U.S. Representative from New York 1961–72. Son of Bernard Ryan, Sr.[156]
        • Priscilla M. Ryan, candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 1972. Wife of William Fitts Ryan.[157]

Priscilla Ryan was the daughter of Charles Clagett Marbury (1898–1991), Maryland House of Delegates, Maryland State Senator, Judge Maryland Court of Appeals.

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