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List of Jewish American politicians

This is a list of notable Jewish American politicians, arranged chronologically.

Contents

Federal governmentEdit

Members of CongressEdit

Cabinet officialsEdit

Position Portrait Name State of Residence Took office Left office President(s)
3rd Secretary of Commerce and Labor   Oscar S. Straus[1] New York December 17, 1906 March 5, 1909 Theodore Roosevelt
52nd Secretary of the Treasury   Henry Morgenthau, Jr. [1] New York January 1, 1934 July 22, 1945[2] Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Acting Secretary of Commerce   Lewis Strauss[1] West Virginia November 13, 1958 June 30, 1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower
9th Secretary of Labor   Arthur Goldberg[1] Illinois January 21, 1961 September 20, 1962 John F. Kennedy
4th Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare   Abraham A. Ribicoff[1] Connecticut January 21, 1961 July 13, 1962
6th United States Ambassador to the United Nations   Arthur Goldberg[1] Illinois July 28, 1965 June 24, 1968 Lyndon B. Johnson
7th Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare   Wilbur J. Cohen[1] Michigan May 16, 1968 January 20, 1969
56th Secretary of State   Henry Kissinger[1] District of Columbia September 22, 1973 January 20, 1977[3] Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
71st Attorney General   Edward H. Levi[1] Illinois January 14, 1975 January 20, 1977
14th Secretary of Defense   Harold Brown[1] California January 20, 1977 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
64th Secretary of the Treasury   W. Michael Blumenthal[1] Michigan January 23, 1977 August 4, 1979
6th Secretary of Transportation   Neil E. Goldschmidt[1] Oregon August 15, 1979 January 20, 1981
25th Secretary of Commerce   Philip Klutznick[1] Illinois January 9, 1980 January 20, 1981
22nd Secretary of Labor   Robert Reich[1] Massachusetts January 22, 1993 January 20, 1997 Bill Clinton
70th Secretary of the Treasury   Robert E. Rubin[1] New York January 11, 1995 July 2, 1999
26th Secretary of Agriculture   Dan Glickman[1] Kansas March 30, 1995 January 20, 2001
17th Director of Central Intelligence   John M. Deutch[4] Massachusetts May 10, 1995 December 15, 1996
31st Secretary of Commerce   Mickey Kantor[1] Tennessee April 12, 1996 January 21, 1997
71st Secretary of the Treasury   Lawrence H. Summers[1] Massachusetts July 2, 1999 January 20, 2001
2nd Secretary of Homeland Security   Michael Chertoff[5] New Jersey February 15, 2005 January 21, 2009 George W. Bush
81st Attorney General   Michael Mukasey[6] New York November 9, 2007 January 20, 2009
Acting Secretary of the Treasury   Stuart A. Levey[7] Ohio January 20, 2009 January 26, 2009 Barack Obama
27th Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers   Alan Krueger[8] New Jersey November 7, 2011 August 2, 2013
Acting Secretary of Labor   Seth Harris New York January 22, 2013 July 23, 2013
Acting Secretary of the Treasury   Neal S. Wolin[9] Illinois January 25, 2013 February 28, 2013
76th Secretary of the Treasury   Jacob J. Lew[10] New York February 28, 2013 January 20, 2017
Acting Secretary of Commerce   Cameron Kerry[11] Massachusetts June 1, 2013 June 26, 2013
38th Secretary of Commerce   Penny Pritzker[12] Illinois June 26, 2013 January 20, 2017
28th Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers   Jason Furman[13] Massachusetts August 2, 2013 January 20, 2017
Acting Secretary of the Treasury   Adam J. Szubin[8] Washington, D.C. January 20, 2017 February 13, 2017 rowspan="3"|Donald Trump
77th Secretary of the Treasury   Steven T. Mnuchin California February 13, 2017 Incumbent
9th Secretary of Veteran Affairs   David Shulkin[14] Pennsylvania February 14, 2017 March 28, 2018

Cabinet-level officialsEdit

Position Portrait Name Took office Left office President(s)
6th United States Trade Representative   Robert Strauss[15] March 30, 1977 August 17, 1979 Jimmy Carter
13th White House Chief of Staff   Kenneth Duberstein[16] July 1, 1988 January 20, 1989 Ronald Reagan
11th United States Trade Representative   Mickey Kantor[1] January 22, 1993 April 12, 1996 Bill Clinton
12th United States Trade Representative   Charlene Barshefsky[17] April 12, 1996 March 18, 1997
March 18, 1997 January 20, 2001
31st Director of the Office of Management and Budget   Jacob J. Lew[10] May 21, 1998 January 19, 2001
22nd White House Chief of Staff   Joshua Bolten[18] June 26, 2003 April 15, 2006 George W. Bush
33rd Director of the Office of Management and Budget April 14, 2006 January 20, 2009
22nd White House Chief of Staff   Rahm Emanuel[19] January 20, 2009 October 1, 2010 rowspan=7|Barack Obama
36th Director of the Office of Management and Budget   Peter Orszag[20] January 20, 2009 July 30, 2010
Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget   Jeffrey Zients[21] July 30, 2010 November 18, 2010
37th Director of the Office of Management and Budget   Jacob J. Lew[10] November 18, 2010 January 27, 2012
25th White House Chief of Staff January 27, 2012 January 20, 2013
Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget   Jeffrey Zients[21] January 27, 2013 April 24, 2013
17th United States Trade Representative   Michael Froman[22] June 21, 2013 January 20, 2017

State governmentEdit

GovernorsEdit

State Governor Name Party Assumed office Term expires Notes
Georgia David Emanuel[23] Democratic-Republican March 3, 1801 November 7, 1801 Emanuel is considered to be the first Jew elected to public office in the South and the first Jewish governor of any U.S. state, although he may not have been an openly practicing Jew. As an adult he became a Presbyterian, confusing later researchers about his identity, but modern historians accept that he was Jewish.[24]
Wisconsin   Edward Salomon[25] Republican April 19, 1862 January 4, 1864 Civil War Union General
Cousin of Washington Governor Edward S. Solomon[25]
Washington Territory   Edward S. Salomon[26][27] Republican March 4, 1870 April 26, 1872 Civil War Union General who was promoted to later brigadier general on March 13, 1865 for his “distinguished gallantry and meritorious service"[25]
Cousin of Wisconsin Governor Edward Salomon.[25]
California   Washington Bartlett[28] Democratic January 8, 1887 September 12, 1887 California's first and so far only Jewish governor
Idaho   Moses Alexander[23] Democratic January 4, 1915 January 6, 1919 Idaho's first and so far only Jewish governor
Utah   Simon Bamberger[23] Democratic January 1, 1917 January 3, 1921 First non-Mormon, first Democrat, and first and to date only person of Jewish heritage to be elected governor of the state of Utah
New Mexico   Arthur Seligman[23] Democratic January 1, 1931 September 25, 1933 New Mexico's first native-born, non-Hispanic, governor of Jewish ancestry
Oregon   Julius Meier[23] Independent January 12, 1931 January 14, 1935 Oregon's first Jewish governor
New York   Herbert H. Lehman[23] Democratic January 1, 1933 December 3, 1942
Illinois   Henry Horner[23] Democratic January 9, 1933 October 6, 1940 Illinois' first Jewish governor
Territory of Alaska   Ernest Gruening[23] Democratic December 6, 1939 April 10, 1953
Connecticut   Abraham Ribicoff[1] Democratic January 5, 1955 January 21, 1961 Connecticut's first and to date only Jewish governor
Illinois   Samuel H. Shapiro[23] Democratic May 21, 1968 January 13, 1969
Rhode Island   Frank Licht[23] Democratic January 7, 1969 January 2, 1973 Rhode Island's first Jewish governor
Maryland   Marvin Mandel[23] Democratic January 7, 1969 January 17, 1979* Maryland's first and to date only Jewish governor
*Blair Lee III served as Acting Governor from June 4, 1977 to January 15, 1979
Pennsylvania   Milton Shapp[23] Democratic January 19, 1971 January 16, 1979 Pennsylvania's first Jewish governor
Vermont   Madeleine Kunin[23] Democratic January 10, 1985 January 10, 1991 Vermont's first and, to date, only female governor
Oregon   Neil Goldschmidt[1] Democratic January 12, 1987 January 14, 1991
Rhode Island   Bruce Sundlun[23] Democratic January 1, 1991 January 3, 1995
Hawaii   Linda Lingle[29] Republican December 2, 2002 December 6, 2010 Hawaii's first and, to date, only female and Jewish governor
Pennsylvania   Ed Rendell[30] Democratic January 21, 2003 January 18, 2011
New York   Eliot Spitzer[31] Democratic January 1, 2007 March 17, 2008
Delaware   Jack Markell[32] Democratic January 20, 2009 January 17, 2017 Former Chairperson of the National Governors Association
Former Chairperson of the Democratic Governors Association
Vermont   Peter Shumlin[33] Democratic January 6, 2011 January 5, 2017
Missouri   Eric Greitens[34] Republican January 9, 2017 June 1, 2018 Resigned on June 1, 2018 amid investigation into extramarittal affair scandal.[35]
Colorado   Jared Polis[36] Democratic January 8, 2019 January 10, 2023 Member of US House of Representatives, Colorado State Board of Education, first Jewish Governor of Colorado[36] and first openly gay male Governor elected in the United States as well.[37]
Illinois   J.B. Pritzker[38] Democratic January 14, 2019 January 09, 2023 Philanthropist, member of the Pritzker family

Lieutenant governorsEdit

State Lieutenant
Governor
Name Party Assumed office Term expires
Louisiana Henry M. Hyams[32] Democratic January 23, 1860 January 25, 1864
New York   Herbert H. Lehman[23] Democratic January 1, 1929 December 31, 1932
Illinois   Samuel H. Shapiro[23] Democratic January 9, 1961 May 21, 1968
Nebraska Philip C. Sorensen[39] Democratic January 7, 1965 January 5, 1967
Vermont   Madeleine Kunin[23] Democratic January 10, 1979 January 10, 1983
Missouri   Ken Rothman[40] Democratic January 12, 1981 January 15, 1985
Rhode Island Richard A. Licht[41] Democratic January 1, 1985 January 1, 1989
Missouri   Harriett Woods[32] Democratic January 14, 1985 January 9, 1989
Maryland Melvin Steinberg[32] Democratic January 21, 1987 January 18, 1995
Pennsylvania Robert Jubelirer[42] Republican October 5, 2001 January 21, 2003
Ohio   Lee Fisher[43] Democratic January 8, 2007 January 10, 2011
Delaware   Matthew Denn[44] Democratic January 20, 2009 January 6, 2015
New York   Richard Ravitch[45]> Democratic July 9, 2009 December 31, 2010
Louisiana   Jay Dardenne[46] Republican November 22, 2010 January 11, 2016
Hawaii   Brian Schatz[47] Democratic December 6, 2010 December 26, 2012
Connecticut   Nancy Wyman[48] Democratic January 5, 2011 January 9, 2019
Kentucky   Jerry Abramson[49] Democratic December 13, 2011 November 13, 2014
Florida   Carlos Lopez-Cantera[50] Republican February 3, 2014 January 7, 2019
Hawaii   Josh Green[51] Democratic December 3, 2018

State Attorneys GeneralEdit

State Attorney
General
Name Party Assumed office Term expires
New York   Simon W. Rosendale[52] Democratic January 1, 1892 December 31, 1893
Maryland   Isidor Rayner[53] Democratic 1899 1903
Maryland Isaac Lobe Straus[32] Democratic 1907 1911
New York Carl Sherman[54] Democratic January 1, 1923 December 31, 1924
New York   Albert Ottinger[55] Republican January 1, 1925 December 31, 1928
Ohio Gilbert Bettman[32] Republican January 14, 1929 January 12, 1933
New Jersey David T. Wilentz[56] Democratic 1934 1944
New York Nathaniel L. Goldstein[32] Republican January 1, 1943 December 31, 1954
Delaware H. ALbert Young[57] Independent 1951 1955
Massachusetts George Fingold[58] Republican January 8, 1953 August 31, 1958
New York   Jacob Javits[32] Republican January 1, 1955 January 9, 1957
New York Louis J. Lefkowitz[32] Republican January 10, 1957 December 31, 1978
California   Stanley Mosk[32] Democratic January 5, 1959 1964
New Hampshire   Warren Rudman[32] Republican 1970 1976
Rhode Island Richard J. Israel[32] Republican January 5, 1971 January 7, 1975
Florida   Robert L. Shevin[32] Democratic January 5, 1971 January 2, 1979
Vermont M. Jerome Diamond[32] Democratic 1975 1981
Rhode Island Julius C. Michaelson[32] Democratic January 7, 1975 January 2, 1979
New York   Robert Abrams[32] Democratic January 1, 1979 December 31, 1993
Maryland Stephen H. Sachs[32] Democratic January 17, 1979 January 21, 1987
Connecticut   Joe Lieberman[32] Democratic January 5, 1983 January 3, 1989
Connecticut   Richard Blumenthal[32] Democratic January 9, 1991 January 5, 2011
Ohio   Lee Fisher[32] Democratic January 14, 1991 January 9, 1995
New York   Oliver Koppell[59] Democratic January 1, 1993 December 31, 1994
Rhode Island Jeffrey B. Pine[32] Republican January 5, 1993 January 2, 1999
New Jersey Deborah Poritz[60] Republican 1994 1996
New York   Eliot Spitzer[32] Democratic January 17, 2007 January 21, 2015
New Jersey David Sampson[61] Unaffiliated January 15, 2002 February 15, 2003
New Jersey Stuart Rabner[62] Democratic September 26, 2006 June 26, 2007
Maryland   Doug Gansler[63] Democratic January 17, 2007 January 21, 2015
Louisiana Buddy Caldwell[64] Democratic January 14, 2008 February 2, 2011
Republican February 2, 2011 January 11, 2016
New York   Eric Schneiderman[65] Democratic January 1, 2011 May 8, 2018
Arizona   Tom Horne[66] Republican January 3, 2011 January 5, 2015
Georgia   Sam Olens[67] Republican January 10, 2011 November 1, 2016
Delaware   Matthew Denn[44] Democratic January 6, 2015 January 1, 2019
Maryland   Brian Frosh[68] Democratic January 21, 2015 Incumbent
North Carolina   Josh Stein[69] Democratic January 1, 2017 Incumbent
Pennsylvania   Josh Shapiro[70] Democratic January 17, 2017 Incumbent
Michigan   Dana Nessel[71] Democratic January 1, 2019 Incumbent
Colorado Phil Weiser[72] Democratic January 8, 2019 Incumbent

State Secretaries of StateEdit

State Secretary
of State
Name Party Assumed office Term expires
New York Samuel S. Koenig[32] Republican January 1, 1909 December 31, 1910
New York   Mitchell May[32] Democratic January 1, 1913 December 31, 1914
New York Caroline K. Simon[73] Republican 1959 1963
Connecticut Gloria Schaffer[32] Democratic January 3, 1971 January 3, 1978
Florida   Richard Stone[32] Democratic January 5, 1971 July 8, 1974
Florida   George Firestone[32] Democratic 1979 1989
Vermont Deborah Markowitz[32] Democratic January, 1999 January, 2011
Louisiana   Jay Dardenne[46] Republican November 10, 2006 November 22, 2010
Missouri   Jason Kander[74] Democratic January 14, 2013 January 9, 2017
Colorado   Jena Griswold[75] Democratic January 8, 2019 Incumbent

State TreasurersEdit

Current State TreasurersEdit

State Treasurer Name Party Assumed office Term expires Prior Public offices/positions
Massachusetts   Deb Goldberg[76] Democratic January 21, 2015 Brookline Board of Selectmen

Former State TreasurersEdit

Speakers of the State HouseEdit

Current House SpeakersEdit

State Speaker Name Party Assumed office Term expires Prior public office/position
Texas   Joe Straus[81] Republican January 13, 2009 2019 Texas House of Representatives

State SenatorsEdit

Current State SenatorsEdit

State Senator Name Party Assumed office Term expires Prior public office/position
California   Scott Wiener[82] Democratic December 5, 2016 2020 San Francisco Board of Supervisors
California Henry Stern[83] Democratic December 5, 2016 2020 Counsel to Congressman Henry Waxman
Michigan Jeremy Moss Democratic January 1, 2019 2024 Michigan House of Representatives
Texas Kel Seliger[84] Republican March 2, 2004 2019 Mayor

Municipal governmentEdit

Mayors of major citiesEdit

Current mayors of major citiesEdit

City State Mayor Name Party Assumed office Term expires Prior public office/position
Anchorage Alaska   Ethan Berkowitz[85] Democratic July 1, 2015 2022 Member of Alaska House of Representatives
Austin Texas   Steve Adler[86] Democratic January 6, 2015 2023
Burlington Vermont Miro Weinberger[87] Democratic April 2, 2012 2020
Chattanooga Tennessee Andy Berke[88] Democratic April 15, 2013 2021 Member of the Tennessee Senate
Jersey City New Jersey   Steven Fulop[89] Democratic July 1, 2013 2022 Jersey City Councilman
Las Vegas Nevada   Carolyn Goodman[90] Independent July 6, 2011 2019
Los Angeles California   Eric Garcetti[91] Democratic July 1, 2013 2021 President of the Los Angeles City Council
Los Angeles City Councilman
Madison Wisconsin   Paul Soglin[92] Democratic April 19, 2011 2019
Oakland California   Libby Schaaf Democratic January 5, 2015 2023 Member of Oakland City Council
San Antonio Texas   Ron Nirenberg[93] Nonpartisan June 21, 2017 2019 Member of the San Antonio City Council
St. Petersburg Florida   Rick Kriseman[93] Democratic January 2, 2014 2022 Member of the Florida House of Representatives
Tucson Arizona   Jonathan Rothschild[94] Democratic December 5, 2011 2019
Minneapolis Minnesota   Jacob Frey[95] Democratic January 2, 2018 2022 Member of the Minneapolis City Council

Former mayors of major citiesEdit

Presidential and vice presidential candidatesEdit

See alsoEdit

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