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A list of famous Jewish politicians, with photos. These are important Jews who take part in running the United States government. There was a time when an American Jewish politician was rare or even unheard of. Today, although still a minority, the concept of "Jews in politics", a Jew seeking public office, is hardly unusual. Although less than 2.5% of the US population is Jewish, 10% of the US Senate follow the Judaic faith, and almost 7% of the House of Representatives. We can take heart that the antisemitism of the past is falling aside to more modern ideals. As a world, we have come a long way since the Holocaust.

Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Bernie Sanders age 77 - Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Vermont. Before serving in the Senate, he represented Vermont's at-large congressional ...more

Dianne Feinstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Dianne Feinstein age 84 - Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein, born Dianne Emiel Goldman, is the senior United States Senator from California. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served in the Senate since 1992. She ...more

Barbara Boxer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Barbara Boxer age 77 - Barbara Levy Boxer is the junior United States Senator from California. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Born in Brooklyn, New York, ...more

Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Al Franken age 66 - Alan Stuart Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an American comedian, writer, producer, author, and politician who served as a United States Senator from Minnesota from 2009 to 2018. He became well ...more

Michael Bloomberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Michael Bloomberg age 76 - Michael Rubens Bloomberg is an American business magnate, politician, and philanthropist. He served as the 108th Mayor of New York City, holding office for three consecutive terms beginning with ...more

Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Henry Kissinger age 95 - Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat and political scientist. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents ...more

Eric Cantor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Eric Cantor age 54 - Eric Ivan Cantor is an American politician, lawyer and businessman, who served as the United States representative for Virginia's 7th congressional district from 2001 to 2014. A member of the ...more

Rahm Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Rahm Emanuel age 58 - Rahm Israel Emanuel is an American politician who serves as the 55th Mayor of Chicago. A member of the Democratic Party, Emanuel was elected in 2011, becoming Chicago's first Jewish mayor. He ...more

Chuck Schumer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Chuck Schumer age 67 - Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer is the senior United States Senator from New York and a member of the Democratic Party. First elected in 1998, he defeated three-term Republican incumbent ...more

Arlen Specter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Arlen Specter Died at 82 (1930-2012) - Arlen Specter was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter was a Democrat from 1951 to 1965, then a Republican from 1965 until 2009, when he switched back to the Democratic Party. ...more

Madeleine Albright is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Madeleine Albright age 81 - Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright is a Czechoslovakian-born American politician and diplomat. She is the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by U.S. ...more

Joe Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Joe Lieberman age 75 - Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman is an American politician and former United States Senator from Connecticut. A former member of the Democratic Party, he was the party's nominee for Vice ...more

Ed Koch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Ed Koch Died at 89 (1924-2013) - Edward Irving "Ed" Koch was an American lawyer, politician, political commentator, movie critic and reality television arbitrator. He served in the United States House of ...more

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Debbie Wasserman Schultz age 51 - Debbie Wasserman Schultz is an American politician. She is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 23rd congressional district, a member of the Democratic Party and the Chair of the Democratic ...more

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Steve Cohen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Steve Cohen age 68 - Stephen Ira "Steve" Cohen is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Tennessee's 9th district ...more

George Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
George Allen age 65 - George Felix Allen is an American politician and member of the Republican Party from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The son of NFL head coach George Allen, he served in the Virginia House of ...more

Carl Levin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Carl Levin age 83 - Carl Milton Levin was a United States Senator from Michigan from 1979 to 2015. He was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and is a member of the Democratic Party. Born in ...more

Ron Wyden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Ron Wyden age 68 - Ronald Lee "Ron" Wyden is the senior United States Senator for Oregon, serving since 1996, and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the United States House of ...more

Ben Cardin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Ben Cardin age 74 - Benjamin Louis "Ben" Cardin is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who serves as the junior United States Senator from Maryland, in office since 2007. Before his ...more

Richard Blumenthal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Richard Blumenthal age 71 - Richard Blumenthal is the senior United States Senator from Connecticut and a member of the Democratic Party. Previously, he served as Attorney General of Connecticut. Born in Brooklyn, New ...more

Michael Bennet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Michael Bennet age 53 - Michael Farrand Bennet is an American businessman, lawyer, and Democratic politician. He is the senior senator from Colorado. He became senior senator when Mark Udall was defeated in the 2014 ...more

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Norm Coleman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Norm Coleman age 68 - Norman Bertram "Norm" Coleman, Jr., is an American lobbyist, lawyer and politician. He served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 2003 until 2009. Coleman was elected in 2002 and ...more

Jacob K. Javits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Jacob K. Javits Died at 82 (1904-1986) - Jacob Koppel "Jake" Javits was a Republican Party politician who served as a United States Senator from New York from 1957 to 1981. He was one of the most liberal of liberal ...more

Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Anthony D. Weiner age 53 - Anthony David Weiner is an American politician and former U.S. representative who served New York's 9th congressional district from January 1999 until June 2011. A member of the Democratic ...more

Jane Harman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Jane Harman age 72 - Jane Margaret Lakes Harman is the former U.S. Representative for California's 36th congressional district, serving from 1993 to 1999, and from 2001 to 2011; she is a member of the Democratic ...more

David Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
David Emanuel Died at 64 (1744-1808) - David Emanuel became 24th Governor of Georgia on March 3, 1801 upon the resignation of James Jackson to become U.S. Senator from Georgia. Emanuel served until November 7, 1801, the remainder of ...more

Herb Kohl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Herb Kohl age 82 - Herbert H. "Herb" Kohl is an American businessman and politician. He is a former United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. He is also a philanthropist ...more

Eric Garcetti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Eric Garcetti age 46 - Eric Michael Garcetti is the mayor of Los Angeles and a former member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 13th District. He served as Council President from 2006 to 2012. A member ...more

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Ernest Gruening is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Ernest Gruening Died at 87 (1887-1974) - Ernest Henry Gruening was an American journalist and Democrat who was the Governor of the Alaska Territory from 1939 until 1953, and a United States Senator from Alaska from 1959 until 1969.

Paul Wellstone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Paul Wellstone Died at 58 (1944-2002) - Paul David Wellstone was an American academic and politician who represented Minnesota in the United States Senate from 1991 until his death in a plane crash in 2002. A member of the Democratic ...more

Russ Feingold is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Russ Feingold age 64 - Russell Dana "Russ" Feingold is a lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. He served as a Democratic party member of the U.S. Senate from January 3, 1993 to January 3, ...more

William Cohen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
William Cohen age 77 - William Sebastian Cohen is an author and American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. A Republican, Cohen served as both a member of the United States House of Representatives and Senate, ...more

Bella Abzug is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Bella Abzug Died at 78 (1920-1998) - Bella Savitsky Abzug, nicknamed "Battling Bella", was an American lawyer, U.S. Representative, social activist and a leader of the Women's Movement. In 1971, Abzug joined other leading ...more

Neil Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Neil Goldschmidt age 77 - Neil Edward Goldschmidt is an American businessman and former Democratic politician from Oregon who held local, state and federal offices over three decades. After serving as the governor of ...more

Simon Guggenheim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Simon Guggenheim Died at 74 (1867-1941) - John Simon Guggenheim was an American businessman, politician, and philanthropist.

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Rudy Boschwitz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Rudy Boschwitz age 87 - Rudolph Ely "Rudy" Boschwitz is a former Independent-Republican United States Senator from Minnesota. He served in the Senate from December 1978 to January 1991, in the 96th, 97th, ...more

Henry Waxman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Henry Waxman age 78 - Henry Arnold Waxman is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district from 1975 until 2015. Waxman is a member of the Democratic Party. ...more

Washington Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Washington Bartlett Died at 63 (1824-1887) - Washington Montgomery Bartlett was the 20th mayor of San Francisco, California from 1883 to 1887, the 16th governor of California, and–to date–the only California governor that was Jewish.

John Yarmuth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
John Yarmuth age 70 - John Allan Yarmuth is the U.S. Representative for Kentucky's 3rd congressional district and has been since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party and a former member of the Republican

Eliot Spitzer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Eliot Spitzer age 58 - Eliot Laurence Spitzer is a political commentator and Democratic Party politician who served as the 54th Governor of New York from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008. His ...more

Bobbi Fiedler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Bobbi Fiedler age 80 - Roberta Frances "Bobbi" Fiedler is a former U.S. Representative from California who made a name for herself as a strong opponent of forced busing.

Joseph Simon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Joseph Simon Died at 84 (1851-1935) - Joseph Simon was a German-born politician and attorney in the U.S. state of Oregon. He was born in Bechtheim, Hesse, and his family immigrated to the United States when he was one year old, ...more

Jewish Republicans

Edward S. Salomon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Edward S. Salomon Died at 77 (1836-1913) - Edward Selig Salomon was a German immigrant to the United States who served as a Union brigadier general in the American Civil War and later became governor of Washington Territory and a ...more

Linda Lingle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Linda Lingle age 64 - Linda Lingle is an American politician, who was the sixth Governor of Hawaii from 2002 until 2010. She was the first Republican elected governor of Hawaii since the departure of William F. Quinn ...more

Adolph Sutro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Adolph Sutro Died at 68 (1830-1898) - Adolph Heinrich Joseph Sutro was the 24th mayor of San Francisco, and first German-American Jewish mayor, serving in that office from 1894 until 1896. He is today perhaps best remembered for the ...more

Judah P. Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Judah P. Benjamin Died at 73 (1811-1884) - Judah Philip Benjamin QC was a lawyer and politician who was a United States Senator from Louisiana, a Cabinet officer of the Confederate States and, after his escape to the United Kingdom at ...more

Seymour Halpern is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Seymour Halpern Died at 84 (1913-1997) - Seymour Halpern was an American politician from New York.

Jay Dardenne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Jay Dardenne age 63 - John Leigh "Jay" Dardenne, Jr., has been Louisiana's 53rd lieutenant governor since November 22, 2010. He won a special election to the position held in conjunction with the regular ...more

Julius L. Meier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Julius L. Meier Died at 63 (1874-1937) - Julius L. Meier was an American businessman, civic leader, and politician in the state of Oregon. The son of the Meier & Frank department store founder, he would become a lawyer before ...more

Bruce Sundlun is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Jewish Politicians
Bruce Sundlun Died at 91 (1920-2011) - Bruce Sundlun was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as 71st Governor of Rhode Island from 1991 to 1995. He was Rhode Island's second Jewish governor, and the ...more