List of United States politicians with doctorates

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This is a list of notable United States politicians who have a research doctorate.


Former Presidents[edit]

Term Field Institution Year
Woodrow Wilson Democrat 1913-1921 Political Science Johns Hopkins University 1886

Current and Former Cabinet members and senior administration officials[edit]

Department Term Administration Field Institution Year
Henry Kissinger Republican NSC/State 1969-1975, 1973-1977 Nixon/Ford Political Science Harvard University 1954
George Shultz Republican Labor/OMB/Treasury/State 1969-1970, 1970-1972, 1972-1974, 1982-1989 Nixon/Reagan Economic Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1949
Madeleine Albright Democrat State 1997-2001 Clinton Political Science Columbia University 1975
Condoleezza Rice Republican State 2005-2009 Bush Political Science University of Denver 1981
Robert Gates Republican Defense 2006-2011 Bush/Obama Russian and Soviet History Georgetown University 1974
David Petraeus Independent CIA 2011-2012 Obama International Relations Princeton University 1987
Steven Chu Democrat Energy 2009-2013 Obama Physics University of California, Berkeley 1976
Ernest Moniz Democrat Energy 2013-2017 Obama Theoretical Physics Stanford University 1972
Ash Carter Democrat Defense 2015-2017 Obama Theoretical Physics St. John's College, Oxford 1979
John King Democrat Education 2016-2017 Obama Education Columbia University 2008
H. R. McMaster Independent NSC 2017-Present Trump History University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1997

Current Senators and Senators-elect[edit]

Name Party State Term Field Institution Year
Tammy Duckworth Democrat Illinois 2017- Human Services Capella University 2014
Ben Sasse Republican Nebraska 2015- History Yale University 2004

Former Senators[edit]

Name Party State Term Field Institution Year
Henry Cabot Lodge Republican Massachusetts 1893-1924 History Harvard University 1876
George McGovern Democratic South Dakota 1963-1981 History Northwestern University 1953
Gary Hart Democratic Colorado 1975-1987 Politics St. Antony's College, Oxford 2001
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Democratic New York 1977-2001 International Relations Syracuse University[1] 1961
Harrison Schmitt Republican New Mexico 1977-1983 Geology Harvard University 1964
Paul Wellstone Democratic Minnesota 1991-2002 Political Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1969

Current Representatives[edit]

Name Party District Term Field Institution Year
Timothy F. Murphy Republican PA-18 2003- Clinical Psychology University of Pittsburgh.  ?
Kyrsten Sinema Democrat AZ-9 2012- Justice Studies Arizona State University 2012
Dave Brat Republican VA-7 2014- Economics American University 1995
Jerry McNerney[2] Democrat CA-11 2006- Mathematics University of New Mexico 1981
Bill Foster Democrat IL-14 2008, 2012- Physics Harvard University 1984
Dave Loebsack[3] Democrat IA-2 2007- Political Science University of California, Davis 1985
Tom Cole Republican OK-4 2003- British History University of Oklahoma 1984
David Price[4] Democrat NC-4 1986, 1996- Political Science[5] Yale University 1969
Dan Lipinski[6] Democrat IL-03 2004- Political Science Duke University[7] 1998
Dina Titus Democrat NV-1 2009- Political Science Florida State University ?
Rob Wittman Republican VA-1 2007- Public Health Virginia Commonwealth University 2002

Former Representatives[edit]

Name Party District Term Field Institution Year
Rush D. Holt Jr. Democrat NJ-12 1999-2014 Physics NYU 1981
Heather Wilson Republican NM-1 1998-2009 International Relations Jesus College, Oxford 1985
Vern Ehlers Republican MI-03 1993-2011 Nuclear Physics UC Berkeley 1960
Roscoe Bartlett Republican MD-06 1993-2013 Physiology University of Maryland, College Park 1952
John Olver Democrat MA-1 1991-2013 Chemistry Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1961
Newt Gingrich Republican GA-06 1979-1999 History Tulane University 1971
G. William Whitehurst Republican VA-02 1969-1987 History West Virginia University 1952
John Brademas Democrat IN-03 1959-1981 Social Studies Brasenose College, Oxford  ?
Weston E. Vivian Democrat MI-02 1965-1967 Electrical Engineering University of Michigan 1959
Chris Gibson Republican NY-19 2011-2017 Government Cornell University 1998

Governors and Governors-elect[edit]

Name Party State Term Field Institution Year
Eric Greitens Republican Missouri 2017- Developmental Studies Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford 2000
Gina Raimondo Democrat Rhode Island 2015- Sociology New College, Oxford  ?
Tom Wolf Democrat Pennsylvania 2015- Political Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1981

Former Governors[edit]

Name Party State Term Field Institution Year
Kenny Guinn Republican Nevada 1999-2007 Education Utah State University 1970
Ted Strickland Democrat Ohio 2007-2011 Psychology University of Kentucky 1980

Former Lt. Governors[edit]

Name Party State Term Field Institution Year
Sue Ellspermann Republican Indiana 2013-2016 Industrial Engineering University of Louisville 1997

Current State Senators[edit]

Name Party District Elected Field Institution Year
Leland Yee Democrat CA-08 2006 Child Psychology University of Hawaii
Daniel Biss Democrat IL-09 2002 Mathematics MIT

Former State Senators[edit]

Name Party District Term Field Institution Year
Jay Blanchard[8] Democrat AZ-30 2000-2002 Reading Education University of Georgia 1979