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List of United States political families

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List of United States political families

Three brothers from one of America's political families: John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy, pictured together in July 1960.

During its history, the United States has seen many families who have repeatedly produced notable politicians from their ranks, and these historic U.S. political families have had a significant impact on politics in the United States and the Americas.

Many of these families have moved to national prominence from a state or regional power base. The Kennedys, for example, are particularly associated with Massachusetts; the Long family is identified with Louisiana, the Harrisons and Lees with Virginia, the Roosevelts with New York, the Daleys with Illinois and more specifically Chicago, the Muhlenbergs with Pennsylvania, and the Tafts with Ohio. Other political families are less connected with a specific state; for example, the Bush family[1] began in Ohio and Connecticut, but is now more closely identified with Texas and Florida. Members of the Rockefeller family have been elected in New York, West Virginia, and Arkansas. Kennedy family members have been elected in New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, and California, in addition to their primary base of Massachusetts. The Udall family first became prominent in Arizona but the most recent generation had three cousins simultaneously serving in the U.S. Senate from Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon.

Some could argue the Clintons, associated with Arkansas and the southern United States, could also be a current, or forming, political dynasty. Members include Bill Clinton, who served as the 42nd President of the United States; wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, a former Senator from New York, unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate for 2008, 67th Secretary of State, and a potential Democratic presidential candidate for 2016; and daughter Chelsea Clinton, the latter of whom has worked for her mother's 2008 presidential campaign, along with Clinton-sponsored charities. Through her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea is also daughter-in-law of former Democratic U.S. Representatives Edward Mezvinsky and Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky. Bill Clinton has said he supports his daughter running for president in the future.[2]

Alphabetical list

See also


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External references

  • A database of political history and cemeteries
  • Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan (Oct 5, 2012). "The biggest political dynasties in every US state". Washington Post. 
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