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 gain 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
Ted Cruz Flag of Canada.svg Canada Birth U.S. Senator from Texas
Mazie Hirono Flag of Japan.svg Japan Naturalization U.S. Senator from Hawaii
Diana DeGette Flag of Japan.svg Japan Birth U.S Representative from Colorado
Jim Himes Flag of Peru (state).svg Peru Birth U.S Representative from Connecticut
John McCain Flag of Panama Canal Zone.svg Panama Canal Zone Birth U.S. Senator from Arizona, and 2008 Republican party presidential nominee
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Derived U.S. Representative from Florida
Albio Sires Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Derived U.S. Representative from New Jersey
Chris Van Hollen Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Birth U.S. Representative from Maryland
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

Members of the President's Cabinet[edit]

Cabinet Member Place of Birth Positions Held
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
Boris Bershteyn Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine

Administrator (Acting) of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Others[edit]

Name Place of Birth Positions Held
Jorge Labarga Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Supreme Court of Florida Justice
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 Czechoslovakia.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 England.svg England 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 United States 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
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
W. Bourke Cockran Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
Patrick Collins Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of Boston
Dalip Singh Saund Flag of India.svg India U.S. Representative
James Cooney Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
Richard Croker Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of New York City
Thomas Cusack Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
William Q. Dallmeyer Flag of Germany.svg Germany State Treasurer of Missouri
James O. Davidson Norway Governor of Wisconsin
Geoff Davis Canada U.S Representative from Kentucky
James J. Davis Wales U.S. Senator and Secretary of Labor
Jimmy Delshad Iran Mayor of Beverly Hills
John N. Dempsey Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Governor of Connecticut
Philippe Derose Haiti Mayor of El Portal, Florida
Steven Derounian Bulgaria U.S. Representative
John M. Deutch Belgium Director of Central Intelligence
Lincoln Diaz-Balart Cuba U.S. Representative from Florida
John Peter Didier France State Treasurer of Missouri
Michael Donohoe Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
John G. Downey Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Governor of California
Mervyn M. Dymally Trinidad and Tobago U.S. Representative
Adolph Olson Eberhart 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
John Frederick Finerty Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
Elizabeth Furse Kenya U.S. Representative
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
Jennifer Granholm Canada Governor of Michigan
Kittel Halvorson Norway U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Nils P. Haugen Norway U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
S. I. Hayakawa Canada US Senator from California
Julius P. Heil Flag of Germany.svg Germany Governor of Wisconsin
Einar Hoidale Norway U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Pehr G. Holmes Sweden U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
Denis M. Hurley Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
Vincent R. Impellitteri Italy Mayor of New York
Martin Indyk England U.S. Ambassador to Israel
Jacob Johnson Denmark U.S. Representative from Utah
Joseph Blaine Johnson Sweden Governor of Vermont
Magnus Johnson Sweden United States Senator from Minnesota
Niels Juul Denmark U.S. Representative from Illinois
Jay Kim South Korea U.S. Representative from California
Henry Kissinger Flag of Germany.svg Germany Secretary of State
Harold Knutson Norway U.S. Representative
Ernie Konnyu Hungary U.S. Representative
John Hans Krebs Flag of Germany.svg Germany U.S. Representative from California
Madeleine M. Kunin Switzerland Governor of Vermont
Octaviano Larrazolo Mexico Governor and Senator from New Mexico
Tom Lantos Hungary U.S Representative from California
John Lind Sweden Governor of Minnesota
Charles August Lindbergh Sweden U.S. Representative from Minnesota
George Maguire Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Mayor of St. Louis
Stephen Mallory Trinidad and Tobago U.S. Senator from Florida
Mel Martinez Cuba U.S. Senator from Florida
John McCain Flag of Panama.svg Panama U.S. Senator from Arizona
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
John J. McGrath Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
Joseph McLaughlin Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
Frank J. McNulty Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
M. Alfred Michaelson 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
Knute Nelson Norway U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator and Governor of Minnesota
Ragnvald Anderson Nestos 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. 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 Poland Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
Daniel O'Reilly Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
George F. O'Shaunessy Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
Hjalmar Petersen Denmark Governor of Minnesota
John Quinn Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
Ciro Rodriguez Mexico U.S. Representative from Texas
George Romney Mexico Governor of Michigan
Edward Salomon Prussia Governor of Wisconsin
Edward S. Salomon Prussia Governor of Washington Territory
Arnold Schwarzenegger Austria Governor of California
James Shields Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland US Senator
William E. Smith Scotland Governor of Wisconsin
Jerry Springer England Mayor of Cincinnati
Evelyn Lundberg Stratton Thailand Ohio Supreme Court Justice
John Henry Sununu 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 US Senator from New York
Michael Walsh Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U.S. Representative
Patrick Walsh Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland US Senator from Georgia
Knud Wefald Norway U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. France Governor of Connecticut
Theodore S. Weiss Hungary U.S. Representative from New York
James Wolfensohn Australia President of the World Bank
Charles W. Woodman Denmark U.S. Representative from Illinois
David Wu Taiwan U.S. Representative from Oregon
Juan C. Zapata 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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