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A list of famous Jewish Governors, with photos, throughout US history. These are important political Jews who have taken part in running states within 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. Clearly this Jewish governors list will continue to grow, and US "blue states" that lean Democratic are by far the most likely states to elect a Jew to run things. We can take heart that the anti-Semitism of the past is falling aside to more modern ideals.

Abraham Ribicoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Jewish Governors
Abraham Ribicoff

Arthur Seligman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Jewish Governors
Died at 60 (1873-1933) - Arthur Seligman was an American businessman and politician. Seligman was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory, the son of Bernard and Frances Seligman. In 1887, Seligman graduated from the ...more

Bruce Sundlun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Jewish Governors
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

David Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Jewish Governors
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

Ed Rendell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Jewish Governors
age 74 - Edward Gene "Ed" Rendell is an American politician who served as the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania, from 2003 to 2011. Rendell, a member of the Democratic Party, was elected Governor ...more

Edward S. Salomon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Jewish Governors
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

Edward Salomon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Jewish Governors
Died at 81 (1828-1909) - Edward Salomon was an American politician and the Lieutenant Governor and eighth Governor of Wisconsin during the American Civil War after the accidental drowning of his predecessor, Louis P.

Eliot Spitzer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Jewish Governors
age 59 - 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. Prior to ...more

Ernest Gruening is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Jewish Governors
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.

Frank Licht is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Jewish Governors
Died at 71 (1916-1987) - Frank R. Licht was an American politician and the 67th Governor of Rhode Island from 1969 to 1973, serving as the first Jewish Governor in Rhode Island state history. He was also an Associate ...more

Franklin Israel Moses, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Jewish Governors
Franklin Israel Moses, Jr.

George Allen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Jewish Governors
age 66 - 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

Henry Horner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Jewish Governors
Died at 62 (1878-1940) - Henry Horner was the 28th Governor of Illinois, serving from 1933 to 1940, when he died in office. Horner was the first Jewish governor of Illinois.

Herbert H. Lehman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Jewish Governors
Died at 85 (1878-1963) - Herbert Henry Lehman was a Democratic Party politician from New York. He served from 1933 to 1942 as the 45th governor of New York and represented New York State in the United States Senate from ...more

Jack Markell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Jewish Governors
age 58 - Jack Allan Markell is an American politician who is the 73rd and current Governor of Delaware. A member of the Democratic Party, Markell was first elected Governor in 2008 and was sworn in on ...more

Julius L. Meier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Jewish Governors
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

Linda Lingle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Jewish Governors
age 65 - 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

Madeleine M. Kunin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Jewish Governors
age 85 - Madeleine May Kunin is an American diplomat and politician. She was the 77th Governor of Vermont from 1985 until 1991, as a member of the Democratic Party. She also served as United States ...more

Marvin Mandel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Jewish Governors
age 98 - Marvin Mandel was the 56th Governor of Maryland in the United States, serving from January 7, 1969, to January 17, 1979. Before that time, he had been Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates ...more

Milton Shapp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Jewish Governors
Died at 82 (1912-1994) - Milton J. Shapp was the 40th Governor of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1979 and the first Jewish Governor of Pennsylvania. He was also the first Governor of Pennsylvania to take ...more

Moses Alexander is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Jewish Governors
Died at 79 (1853-1932) - Moses Alexander was the second elected Jewish governor of a US state, the first who actually practiced that religion. He served as the 11th Governor of Idaho from 1915 until 1919. He was Idaho's ...more

Neil Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Jewish Governors
age 78 - 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

Samuel H. Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Jewish Governors
Died at 80 (1907-1987) - Samuel Harvey Shapiro was the 34th Governor of Illinois, serving from 1968 to 1969. He was a member of the Democratic Party. Born in 1907 in the Governorate of Estonia of the Russian Empire, he ...more

Simon Bamberger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Jewish Governors
Died at 80 (1846-1926) - Simon Bamberger was the fourth Governor of Utah after it achieved statehood from territorial status in 1896. Bamberger bears the distinction of being the first non-Mormon, the first Democrat, ...more

Washington Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Jewish Governors
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.