List of foreign-born United States politicians

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This is a list of U.S. politicians who were born outside of the United States.

Incumbents[edit]

Members of Congress[edit]

Members of congress that were born outside the U.S. They gained US citizenship by means of: Birth, Derivation or Naturalization.

Member of Congress Place of Birth Citizenship by Positions Held
Michael Bennet Flag of India.svg India Birth U.S. Senator from Colorado
Don Beyer Free Territory Trieste Flag.svg Trieste Birth U.S. Representative from Virginia
Ted Cruz Flag of Canada.svg Canada Birth U.S. Senator from Texas
Diana DeGette Flag of Japan.svg Japan Birth U.S. Representative from Colorado
Tammy Duckworth Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand Birth U.S. Representative from Illinois
Jim Himes Flag of Peru (state).svg Peru Birth U.S. Representative from Connecticut
Mazie Hirono Flag of Japan.svg Japan Naturalization U.S. Senator from Hawaii
Ted Lieu Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan Naturalization U.S. Representative from California
Sean Patrick Maloney Flag of Canada.svg Canada Birth U.S. Representative from New York
John McCain Flag of Panama Canal Zone.svg Panama Canal Zone Birth U.S. Senator from Arizona, and 2008 Republican party presidential nominee
Mark Meadows Flag of France.svg France Birth U.S. Representative from North Carolina
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Derived U.S. Representative from Florida
David Rouzer Flag of Germany.svg Germany Birth U.S. Representative from North Carolina
Raul Ruiz Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Derived U.S. Representative from California
Albio Sires Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Derived U.S. Representative from New Jersey
Norma J. Torres Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala Naturalization U.S. Representative from California
Chris Van Hollen Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Birth U.S. Representative from Maryland

Members of the President's Cabinet[edit]

Cabinet Member Place of Birth Positions Held
Boris Bershteyn Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Administrator (Acting) of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Sally Jewell Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Secretary of the Interior
Samantha Power Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Governors[edit]

Governor Place of Birth Positions Held
Kate Brown Flag of Spain.svg Spain Governor of Oregon

Others[edit]

Name Place of Birth Positions Held
Jorge Labarga Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Supreme Court of Florida Chief Justice
Patty Lopez Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico California State Assembly Assembly Member
Seamus McCaffery Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice

Former[edit]

Name Country of Birth Positions Held
Madeleine Albright Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia U.S. Secretary of State
Sigurd Anderson Flag of Norway.svg Norway Governor of South Dakota
John Hugo Aronson Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Governor of Montana
Ron Barber Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom U.S Representative from Arizona
James G. Barry Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of St. Louis
William B. Barry Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from New York
Abraham Beame Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Mayor of New York
Carlos Bee Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico U.S. Representative from Texas
Charles Gustav Binderup Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark U.S. Representative from Nebraska
W. Michael Blumenthal Flag of Germany.svg Germany Secretary of the Treasury
Haldor Boen Flag of Norway.svg Norway U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Rudy Boschwitz Flag of Germany.svg Germany U.S. Senator from Minnesota
John T. Browne Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of Houston, Texas
Zbigniew Brzezinski Flag of Poland.svg Poland National Security Advisor
Aedanus Burke Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from South Carolina
Thomas Burke Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Governor of North Carolina
Joseph Cao Flag of South Vietnam.svg South Vietnam U.S. Representative from Louisiana
Raul Hector Castro Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Governor of Arizona
Anthony J. Celebrezze Flag of Italy.svg Italy Mayor of Cleveland
Josaphat Celestin Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti Mayor of North Miami, Florida
John Michael Clancy Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from New York
W. Bourke Cockran Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from New York
Patrick Collins Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of Boston
Dalip Singh Saund Flag of India.svg India U.S. Representative from California
James Cooney Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from Missouri
Richard Croker Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of New York City
Thomas Cusack Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from Illinois
William Q. Dallmeyer Flag of Germany.svg Germany State Treasurer of Missouri
James O. Davidson Flag of Norway.svg Norway Governor of Wisconsin
Geoff Davis Flag of Canada.svg Canada U.S Representative from Kentucky
James J. Davis Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and Secretary of Labor
Jimmy Delshad Flag of Iran.svg Iran Mayor of Beverly Hills
John N. Dempsey Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Governor of Connecticut
Philippe Derose Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti Mayor of El Portal, Florida
Steven Derounian Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria U.S. Representative from New York
John M. Deutch Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Director of Central Intelligence
Lincoln Diaz-Balart Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba U.S. Representative from Florida
John Peter Didier Flag of France.svg France State Treasurer of Missouri
Michael Donohoe Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania
John G. Downey Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Governor of California
Mervyn M. Dymally Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago U.S. Representative from California
Adolph Olson Eberhart Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Governor of Minnesota
Thomas Fallon Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of San Jose, California
Michael F. Farley Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from New York
John Frederick Finerty Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from Illinois
Elizabeth Furse Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya U.S. Representative from Oregon
Charles P. Gillen Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Thomas F. Gilroy Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of New York City
Patrick Gleason Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of Long Island City, New York
William R. Grace Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of New York City
James McMahon Graham Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from Illinois
Jennifer Granholm Flag of Canada.svg Canada Governor of Michigan
Kittel Halvorson Flag of Norway.svg Norway U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Nils P. Haugen Flag of Norway.svg Norway U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
S. I. Hayakawa Flag of Canada.svg Canada U.S. Senator from California
Julius P. Heil Flag of Germany.svg Germany Governor of Wisconsin
Einar Hoidale Flag of Norway.svg Norway U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Pehr G. Holmes Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
Denis M. Hurley Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from New York
Vincent R. Impellitteri Flag of Italy.svg Italy Mayor of New York City
Martin Indyk Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom U.S. Ambassador to Israel
Jacob Johnson Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark U.S. Representative from Utah
Joseph Blaine Johnson Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Governor of Vermont
Magnus Johnson Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Niels Juul Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark U.S. Representative from Illinois
Jay Kim Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea U.S. Representative from California
Henry Kissinger Flag of Germany.svg Germany Secretary of State
Harold Knutson Flag of Norway.svg Norway U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Ernie Konnyu Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary U.S. Representative from California
John Hans Krebs Flag of Germany.svg Germany U.S. Representative from California
Madeleine M. Kunin Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Governor of Vermont
Octaviano Larrazolo Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Governor and U.S. Senator from New Mexico
Tom Lantos Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary U.S Representative from California
John Lind Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Governor of Minnesota
Charles August Lindbergh Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden U.S. Representative from Minnesota
George Maguire Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of St. Louis
Stephen Mallory Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago U.S. Senator from Florida
Mel Martinez Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba U.S. Senator from Florida
John McCain Flag of Panama.svg Panama U.S. Senator from Arizona
Leo McCarthy Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Lieutenant Governor of California
P.H. McCarthy Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of San Francisco
Frank McCoppin Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of San Francisco
Lawrence E. McGann Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from Illinois
John J. McGrath Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from California
Joseph McLaughlin Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania
Frank J. McNulty Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from New Jersey
M. Alfred Michaelson Flag of Norway.svg Norway U.S. Representative from Illinois
Robert M. Moore Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio
William Moxley Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from Illinois
Knute Nelson Flag of Norway.svg Norway U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator and Governor of Minnesota
Ragnvald Anderson Nestos Flag of Norway.svg Norway Governor of North Dakota
Michael N. Nolan Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative, fmr. Mayor of Albany, New York
Albin Walter Norblad, Sr. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Governor of Oregon
Christopher D. O'Brien Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota
Hugh O'Brien Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of Boston
James O'Brien Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
William O'Dwyer Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of New York City
Marian P. Opala Flag of Poland.svg Poland Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
Daniel O'Reilly Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from New York
George F. O'Shaunessy Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from Rhode Island
Hjalmar Petersen Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Governor of Minnesota
John Quinn Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from New York
Ciro Rodriguez Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico U.S. Representative from Texas
George Romney Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Governor of Michigan
Edward Salomon Flag of Prussia 1892-1918.svg Prussia Governor of Wisconsin
Edward S. Salomon Flag of Prussia 1892-1918.svg Prussia Governor of Washington Territory
Arnold Schwarzenegger Flag of Austria.svg Austria Governor of California
James Shields Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Senator from Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri
William E. Smith Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Governor of Wisconsin
Jerry Springer Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Mayor of Cincinnati
Evelyn Lundberg Stratton Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand Ohio Supreme Court Justice
John Henry Sununu Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff
John K. Tener Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Governor of Pennsylvania
Robert F. Wagner Flag of Germany.svg Germany U.S. Senator from New York
Michael Walsh Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative from New York
Patrick Walsh Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Senator from Georgia
Knud Wefald Flag of Norway.svg Norway U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. Flag of France.svg France Governor of Connecticut
Theodore S. Weiss Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary U.S. Representative from New York
James Wolfensohn Flag of Australia.svg Australia President of the World Bank
Charles W. Woodman Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark U.S. Representative from Illinois
David Wu Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan U.S. Representative from Oregon
Juan C. Zapata Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia Florida State Representative

Historical[edit]

Name Country of Birth Positions Held
Christian Febiger Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Treasurer of Pennsylvania
Thomas Fitzsimons Royal Standard of Ireland (1542–1801).svg Ireland Continental Congressman
Felix Frankfurter Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Austria Supreme Court Justice
Albert Gallatin Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Switzerland Secretary of the Treasury
Alexander Hamilton Flag of Nevis.svg Nevis Secretary of the Treasury
Carl Schurz Flag of Prussia 1892-1918.svg Germany Secretary of the Interior

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