Category:American politicians of Lebanese descent
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The following 61 pages are in this category, out of 61 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. James Abdnor – Ellis James Abdnor was a Republican politician from the state of South Dakota. Abdnor was born in Kennebec, South Dakota, the son of Mary, Abdnor served in the United States Army during World War II and then graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1945 where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a member of the South Dakota Senate from 1957 to 1969, a common, decent, plain spoken man, he was affectionately known as the peoples Senator. He was also described as a public servant with a down-home, warm. His staff considered him to be a friend as well as an honorable mentor, like his South Dakota Congressional colleague James Abourezk, he was a second-generation Lebanese-American and second U. S. Senator of Lebanese descent after Abourezk, as well, Abdnor was chief clerk of the State Legislature in the early 1950s. Abdnor was the 30th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1969 to 1971, in 1972 he was elected to the House of Representatives as a Republican. Abdnor ran in the 1980 election against three-term incumbent and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern for the United States Senate, Abdnor claimed McGovern was out of touch with the state and unseated him by a large margin. In 1986, after winning a bruising primary campaign against then Governor Bill Janklow. He served as the administrator of the Small Business Administration from 1987 to 1989, thune had been a member of Senator Abdnors staff. S. Department of Agriculture, Larry Parkinson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement and Security, as a fiscal conservative, on April 2,1984, he introduced S.2516, the Deficit Reduction Act, a forerunner to the Gramm–Rudman–Hollings Balanced Budget Act. As chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water Resources, Abdnor died on May 16,2012, at the age of 89. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
2. James Abourezk – James George Abourezk is a politician and former Democratic United States Representative and United States Senator from South Dakota. He was the first Greek Orthodox Christian of Lebanese-Antiochite descent to serve in the United States Senate and he was generally viewed as critical of US foreign policy in the Middle-East and North Africa area—notably regarding Palestine and Israel. He represented South Dakota in the U. S. Senate from 1973 until 1979, james George Abourezk was born in Wood, South Dakota, the son of Lena, a homemaker, and Charles Abourezk, an owner of two general stores. His parents were Christians who had immigrated to the United States from the Lebanese village of Kfeir and he grew up near Wood and has lived in South Dakota most of his life. Between 1948 and 1952, Abourezk served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and he passed the bar, and began a legal practice in Rapid City. Abourezk was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives and he was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1972, where he served from 1973 to 1979. He declined to run for another term, in 1974, TIME magazine named Senator Abourezk as one of the 200 Faces for the Future. As a senator, Abourezk criticized the Office of Public Safety, a U. S. agency linked to the USAID, officers they trained were used to suppress civilians in several countries in Central and South America. Abourezk also was instrumental in the creation of both the American Indian Policy Review Commission and the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, deeply interested in representing the tribes in Congress to work toward better federal relations, he chaired the Policy Review Commission the entire time it existed. He took the gavel as chair of the Indian Affairs Committee from its creation in 1977 to 1979 and his signature legislation was the Indian Child Welfare Act, designed to protect Indian children and families from being torn apart. This legislation was intended to provide a standard that included the needs of Indian children to be raised in their own cultures. Abourezk was a supporter of a National initiative and, with fellow Senator Mark O. Hatfield. In 1978, Abourezk chose not to run for re-election and he was succeeded in office by Republican Larry Pressler, with whom he has had a long-running political feud. Following his retirement in 1980, Abourezk founded the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, in 1989, he published his Advise and Dissent, Memoirs of South Dakota and the U. S. Senate. He is the co-author, along with Hyman Bookbinder, of Through Different Eyes, Two Leading Americans — a Jew, since his retirement from the Senate, Abourezk has worked as a lawyer and writer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has continued to be active in supporting tribal sovereignty and culture, in July 2015 he spoke out against a suit filed against the ICWA by the Goldwater Institute of Arizona, it was one of three suits seeking to overturn the act. Some states and adoption groups, who make money off adoptions, have opposed any prohibitions on their placements of Indian children, Abourezk has considered this his signature legislation and the new rules instrumental in protecting Indian children and preserving tribal families. He noted that the late Senator Barry Goldwater, his friend, biographical Directory of the United States Congress
3. Malouf Abraham Sr. – Malouf Abraham, Sr. also known as Oofie Abraham, was an American businessman, investor, politician, and philanthropist. He was a self-made Texas multi-millionaire in the oil and natural gas business and a political and civic leader from Canadian and he made his fortune in part by leasing mineral rights throughout the eastern Panhandle adjacent to Oklahoma. Abraham was the son of Nahim Abraham and Alia Abraham, resourceful immigrants from the village of Kafarakab in Lebanon who came to the United States through Ellis Island in New York City. The senior Abrahams first lived in Amarillo but then launched in 1913 a department store called the Fair Store in Canadian and they lived frugally in the back of the store until 1938, when they purchased what is now the fourth-generation Abraham family home. Abraham graduated from Canadian High School when he was fourteen and attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock for three years thereafter, but did not graduate. With an older brother, he got involved in a variety of business ventures and ended up with oil and gas holdings, besides owning and operating a restaurant in Canadian and selling insurance. Abraham entered the U. S. Army for only eight months in 1945, Abraham was elected to two two-year terms as mayor of his native Canadian in 1953, when he unseated Mayor Jess Lindley, and again in 1955. Early in 1955, he fought unsuccessfully for the adoption of a city government, voters rejected the plan in a special election. Abraham threatened to resign after the rebuff but quickly changed his mind when prompted to do so by key supporters and he did not seek a third term in 1957, and the office passed for one term to L. B. In 1959, Abraham sought a comeback in the office but was defeated by his opponent, political newcomer. Twelve years later in 1967, Abraham entered the Texas House of Representatives as a Republican member from then District 84 and he succeeded the Democrat Fritz Thompson of Borger in Hutchinson County, which was moved from District 84. In addition to his own Hemphill County, Abraham represented Gray, Hansford, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts, phil Cates, a Democrat from Shamrock in Wheeler County, was elected to succeed Abraham, who vacated the seat after two terms. Abrahams state House tenure corresponded with the administrations of Governors John B, in the legislature, Abraham was particularly known for economy in government. Each year of his service, he spent less on his office staff and his former state House seat, now No. 88, is held by Republican Ken King of Canadian, a friend of the Abraham family who defeated Jim Landtroop of Plainview in Hale County in the 2012 Republican runoff election. Abraham trailed the Democrat Max R. Sherman of Amarillo,33,637 to 37,593 ballots and he did me a favor and sent me back home to make some money, said Abraham of his loss by some four thousand votes to Sherman. The political defeat was indeed viewed as a blessing by the Abraham family, recalled his son, Malouf Abraham, Jr. M. D. a retired allergist and it was after the lost election that Abrahams oil and natural gas business skyrocketed. After his legislative years, Abraham continued to follow political developments and was a delegate to numerous Republican National Conventions and he and several family members journeyed to Washington, D. C. in 1981 for the first inauguration of Ronald W. Reagan
4. Ralph Abraham (politician) – Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr. Abraham is the son of the former Marlene Posey, a retired educator, and Ralph Abraham, Sr. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, in Baton Rouge in 1980 and he returned to Louisiana State University School of Medicine for a medical degree in 1994, and practiced family medicine. Abraham has served in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Mississippi National Guard and he and his wife, Dianne, have three children. He has been a medical examiner. Abraham defeated his Democratic opponent, Mayor Jamie Mayo of Monroe and he was sworn into office in the 114th United States Congress on January 3,2015. After his election, Abraham chose Luke J. Letlow, his campaign manager and he opposes the expansion of Medicaid. Regarding illegal immigration, Abraham opposes amnesty and supports strengthening border security and he supports simplifying the tax code, equal pay for women, and approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Abraham supported President Donald Trumps 2017 executive order to halt temporarily Muslim immigration until the development of enhanced screening methods. His spokesman said “Dr. Abraham generally supports President Trump’s temporary suspension of the refugee, in March 2017, Representative Abraham visited with about seventy farmers from the agricultural lobby, the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. He told the farmers, Food security is national security. Agriculture is at the forefront of the fight because any interruption in the supply or a compromise in its safety goes right to the heart of the nation. ”Marty Wooldridge. Burkette claimed in his campaign that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued overly strict regulations that hamper farming
5. Salem Abraham – Salem Andrew Abraham is an American investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. He is the president and founder of Abraham Trading Company, an investment firm based in Canadian. Abrahams mother served as mayor of Canadian from 1981 to 1991 and his grandfather, Malouf Abraham, Sr. known as Oofie Abraham, served as mayor from 1953 to 1957. Oofie was also an oil and natural gas entrepreneur and served as a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1967 to 1971 and he has two brothers, Eddie and Jason, who are engaged in cattle and horse ranching in Hemphill County. Abrahams great-grandfather, Nahim Abraham, and his great-uncle, Tom Abraham, were merchants, Nahim immigrated to the US from Lebanon and arrived in Canadian in 1913. Upon arriving, he launched The Fair Store, a department store known regionally for its high-quality dry goods merchandise, after Nahims retirement in 1955, Tom Abraham and his wife, Helen Ferguson Abraham, became the owners of the store. Salem Abraham graduated in 1984 from Canadian High School and from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend and it was at the end of college that he developed an interest in investments. In the spring of 1987, Abraham met Jerry Parker, the founder of the Chesapeake Capital Corporation hedge fund in Richmond, Parker briefly spoke with him about his profession and his trading philosophy. At that time, Abraham intended to return to Canadian to marry his high school sweetheart, after hearing about Parkers work, he realized that an investment firm would combine his interest of business and math and could also successfully operate out of a small town like Canadian. Abraham first met Ruth Ann Abraham in middle school, and the two dating in high school. After graduating in 1987, Abraham returned to Canadian and married Ruth Ann on August 6,1988 and she graduated from West Texas A&M with a teaching degree in 1990. They have eight children–5 girls and 3 boys and their children are the fifth generation of Abrahams in Hemphill County. The Abrahams live near the center of town in a home that was once the home of Abrahms great-grandparents, Nahim, before his great-grandparents acquired the home, it served as a girls dormitory. Like Malouf Abraham, Sr. Abraham is a Republican and has donated to the party, in recent years, Salem Abraham has been a donor to U. S. Senator John Cornyn and his congressman, U. S. Representative. He contributed to John McCain in the 2008 presidential election and he and family members also gave to former State Senator Florence Shapiro of Plano, who earlier considered but then declined to run for the U. S. Senate from Texas later vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. Salem Abraham began service in 2001 as a trustee of the Canadian Independent School District, Abraham also served on the legislative committee for the Texas Association of School Boards. Abraham Trading Company was launched in January 1988, Salem Abraham defines his primary objective as providing investors long-term capital appreciation with very low correlation to traditional investments
6. Spencer Abraham – Abraham, a Republican, is one of the founders of the Federalist Society and a co-founder of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. To date, Abraham is the last Republican to serve as a U. S, Abraham was born in East Lansing, Michigan, the son of Juliette Elizabeth, a member of the Michigan Republican State Central Committee, and Eddie Joseph Abraham. He is a graduate of East Lansing High School, of Lebanese descent, Abraham is married to Jane Abraham and has three children, a son, Spencer, and twin girls, Betsy and Julie. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University, and is a 1974 Honors College graduate of Michigan State University, in 1978, while at Harvard Law School, Abraham helped found the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. It became one of the journals of the Federalist Society. Before his election to the Senate, Abraham was a law professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and he was elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1983 to 1990. He was deputy chief of staff for Vice President Dan Quayle from 1990 to 1991 and he later served as co-chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee from 1991 to 1993 and ran for chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1993, coming second to Haley Barbour. Abraham was elected to represent Michigan in the United States Senate in 1994 and he was the only Arab American in the chamber. The media denounced these commercials as vengeful, in 1996, when President Clinton endorsed Congresswoman Barbara Jordans proposed cuts to legal immigration Senator Abraham played a leading role in blocking the proposed cuts. Another factor in his defeat was his vote to convict President Clinton in his 1999 impeachment trial, the following year he received the Defender of the Melting Pot award from the National Council of La Raza for his efforts on the immigration issue. He served on the Budget, Commerce, Science and Transportation, Judiciary and he also chaired two subcommittees, Manufacturing and Competitiveness, and Immigration. In 1999, Abraham co-sponsored S.896, a bill to abolish the U. S. Department of Energy, Abraham was appointed Secretary of Energy by the incoming George W. Bushs administration. On November 15,2004, Abraham announced that he would resign from this position, in 2004, Lebanese Ambassador Farid Abboud awarded Abraham the National Order of the Cedar. Abraham was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a think tank based at Stanford University from 2005 through 2007. After leaving office, Abraham opened The Abraham Group, a Washington DC based international strategic consulting firm, in 2006, Spencer Abraham accepted the appointment as Chairman of the Board of Areva Inc. the US subsidiary of the French nuclear energy company. On July 24,2007, Abraham was announced as an ambassador to official Washington in the Fred Thompson presidential campaign, in 2006 Abraham was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of AREVA Inc. With William Tucker, Abraham wrote Lights Out, ten Myths About Americas Energy Crisis, which was published in July 2010. Abraham is also the Chairman and CEO of The Abraham Group, a strategic consulting firm providing assistance to clients seeking opportunities in the U. S. and global markets
7. John Baldacci – John Elias Baldacci is an American politician who served as the 73rd Governor of the U. S. state of Maine from 2003 to 2011. A Democrat, he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. During his four terms in the U. S. Congress, he served on the Agriculture Committee, born in Bangor, Maine, Baldacci grew up with seven siblings in a Lebanese-Italian family. As a child, he worked in the business, Mama Baldaccis restaurant in Bangor. A1973 graduate of Bangor High School, he received a B. S. degree in History from the University of Maine at Orono in 1986, Baldacci was first elected to public office in 1978 at the age of 23, when he served on the Bangor City Council. He continued in politics, winning election to the Maine Senate in 1982, Baldacci served as a State Senator for 12 years. He was reelected to Congress in the elections of 1996,1998, and 2000, serving on the House Agriculture Committee, Baldacci was sworn in as Maines governor on January 8,2003. In 2006, Baldacci won re-election from a field of four major candidates, as governor, he was a member of the National Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association. After being elected, Baldacci attempted to fill a $1. 2-billion deficit and this was done through budget cuts, consolidation, and fee increases. Baldacci refused to raise broad-based taxes, honoring a campaign pledge, Baldacci won approval for major initiatives including Dirigo Health, the Maine Community College System, and Pine Tree Development Zones. However, a released in 2014 showed that the PTDZ program was ineffective. Over the first ten years of the program, it cost Maine $457 million, Baldaccis overhaul of the healthcare system was established with his Dirigo Health Care Act. The program offers subsidized health care to individuals and Maine businesses with fewer than 50 employees, the program expanded wellness centers across the state. Individuals in the system enjoy preventive care when most other insurance policies rejected people with preexisting conditions, proponents claim that the preventive care eventually lowers health care costs. He passed legislation that made it possible for credits and degrees from the community colleges to be transferable to the University of Maine system if student wished to pursue a four-year degree, the community college system grew exponentially adding new satellites. In their first three years, Maines community colleges grew 42 percent, the demand is so great there are waiting lists for admission. In 2005, Baldacci introduced legislation to expand Maines civil rights law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and this legislation in Maine had been defeated via referendum by voters two times before. The law passed, but opponents of the law initiated a referendum to overturn the law, Baldacci is a supporter of regionalization, a sometimes contentious policy of merging local-government services to save money on administrative costs