Category:American politicians of Lebanese descent
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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 CongressJames Abdnor – James Abdnor
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 CongressJames Abourezk – James Abourezk
3. 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 farmingRalph Abraham (politician) – Ralph Lee Abraham, Jr.
4. 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 investmentsSalem Abraham – The Abraham Trading Company is based in the Moody Building, a former hotel in Canadian, Texas.
5. 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 marketsSpencer Abraham – Spencer Abraham
6. 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 costsJohn Baldacci – John Baldacci
7. Charles Boustany – Charles William Boustany, Jr. is an American politician and retired physician from Lafayette, Louisiana, who had served as the U. S. Representative for Louisianas 3rd congressional district from 2013-17, from 2005-13, he represented Louisianas 7th congressional district, since abolished. The Third District is located in the portion of the state and includes Lafayette. He is a member of the Republican Party, Boustany stepped down from the U. S. House in January 2017, he was a candidate for the United States Senate in 2016 in a bid to succeed the retiring Republican David Vitter. Boustany did not advance beyond the election, finishing third in the jungle primary behind Republican John Neely Kennedy. He was succeeded in the House of Representatives by Clay Higgins, Boustany was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, the son of Madlyn M. and Charles W. Boustany, Sr. his paternal grandparents, Alfred Frem Boustany and Florida, were immigrants from Lebanon. His maternal grandparents were also Lebanese, in 2006, he was one of four Arab-American members of Congress. The senior Boustany, a Democrat, served for sixteen years as coroner of Lafayette Parish, congressman Boustany has nine siblings, James, Jon, Ron, Stella, Therese, Kathryn, Madlyn, Adele, and Cheryn. He is a cousin of Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of U. S, senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Boustany attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, at which he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity and he earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans in 1978. He is a cardiovascular surgeon in who completed his residency in Rochester, New York before returning to Louisiana to take a job at Charity Hospital. 2004 In 2004, incumbent Democrat U. S, congressman Chris John of Louisianas 7th congressional district decided to retire in order to run for the U. S. Senate. John had held the district for eight years without serious difficulty, in the open primary election, Boustany ranked first with 39 percent, with Mount garnering 25 percent for second place. Under Louisianas nonpartisan blanket primary system, in the event no candidate wins a 50 percent plus one vote total, vice President Dick Cheney campaigned on behalf of Boustany. In the December 4 run-off election, Boustany defeated Mount 55–45 percent and he is only the second Republican to represent the district, the first having been Jimmy Hayes, who switched from Democratic affiliation in 1995. 2006 Boustany won re-election to a term with 71 percent of the vote. 2008 Boustany won re-election to a third term defeating Cravins, now a state senator,2010 Boustany won re-election to a fourth term unopposed. 2012 After Louisiana lost a district in redistricting, most of Boustanys territory became the 3rd District and he faced freshman fellow Republican and 3rd District incumbent Jeff Landry of New IberiaCharles Boustany – Charles Boustany
8. David Cappiello – David J. Cappiello is a businessman and former State Senator representing Connecticut’s 24th Senate District, which includes the communities of Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman, and part of Bethel. In the Senate, he served as Deputy Minority Leader and Ranking Member of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee, Cappiello is a lifelong resident of the city of Danbury, Connecticut. He is a second-generation American, with his grandparents having migrated to the United States from Italy, in 1964, Cappiello’s father started Cappiello Jewelers, which remains to this day a family owned business on Main Street in Danbury. Senator Cappiello frequently cites his small business background as a force in his political philosophy. Cappiello is a graduate of Immaculate High School and attended Western Connecticut State University and he was married in 2002 to Christine Ciarleglio, and the couple resides in Danbury with their two sons Jack Reagan and Jude Francis. He is currently a loan officer for Flagstar Bank in Danbury. Cappiello’s political career began in 1993 when at the age of 25, in 1994, he won election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in a contest for the 138th District seat being vacated by Republican Mark Nielsen, who was running for the State Senate. He was easily re-elected to the State House in 1996 and he defeated Democrat Paul Estefan in a landslide,62. 24% to 37. 76%, and was re-elected in 2000,2002,2004, and 2006. In the legislature, Cappiello’s priorities included open space and environmental preservation, support for service providers, public safety. He also led the effort in 2008 to thwart a scheduled increase in the state’s gas tax. In 2006, Cappiello was honored by the AARP for his leadership in preserving prescription drug coverage for thousands of Connecticut senior citizens. He is a proponent of the state’s spending cap and a vocal critic of Connecticuts high tax burden. As ranking member of the panel, Cappiello was instrumental in the successful Republican effort of 2007 to pass a no tax increase budget. On April 18,2008, David Cappiello filed a campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission to challenge Democratic U. S, on May 10,2008, Cappiello was officially chosen as the Republican nominee at the Fifth District nominating convention in Southbury. Cappiello’s candidacy drew the attention of the National Republican Congressional Committee, on June 9,2008, Cappiello announced his campaign had raised over $1,000,000 for his challenge to Murphy. During the campaign, Cappiello focused on issues, both in his own policy statements and in his criticisms of his opponent’s record. ”. On Election Day, Cappiello was defeated by the incumbent MurphyDavid Cappiello – David Cappiello
9. Charlie Crist – Charles Joseph Charlie Crist Jr. is an American attorney and politician who is the U. S. Representative for Floridas 13th congressional district and he had also previously served as the 44th Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011. After initially leading in the race for the Republican nomination, he was overtaken in the polls by Marco Rubio, in the general election, he lost to Rubio in a three-way race, taking 30% of the vote to Rubios 49% and Democratic nominee Kendrick Meeks 20%. Crists term as Governor ended in January 2011, on December 7,2012, he joined the Democratic Party, having endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. On November 1,2013, he announced that he was running for governor in the 2014 election, however, he was defeated by incumbent Governor Rick Scott, losing by a 1% margin. In 2016 Crist was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Floridas 13th congressional district, defeating incumbent David Jolly by a margin of 52%-48%. Crist was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on July 24,1956, to Charles Joseph Crist, Sr. an American physician of Greek Cypriot and Lebanese descent, and Nancy, of Scots-Irish, Swiss and his family name is adapted from the original Greek name Christodoulou. Crist moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, as a child, where he attended Riviera Middle School and he is the second of four children and has three sisters, Margaret Crist Wood, Elizabeth Crist Hyden, and Catherine Crist Kennedy. He attended Wake Forest University for two years, where he played quarterback for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team, Crist earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University where he was elected Vice President of the student body and became a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He received his J. D. from Samford University Cumberland School of Law, drawn to politics, Crist was a candidate for public office for the first time in 1986, as a Republican, in the primary race for a state Senate seat in Pinellas County. Crist was elected to a term to the Florida Senate in 1992 from the 20th District. Crist defeated longtime incumbent Democratic State Senator Helen Gordon Davis of Tampa,58.3 to 41. 7%, Crist was able to unseat Gordon Davis following the 1992 decennial redistricting process, which significantly reconfigured the districts in the Tampa Bay area. He was known as a senator, sponsoring legislation requiring inmates to serve at least 85% of their sentences before becoming eligible for parole. He supported teacher salary increases, charter schools, and a specialty license plate for Everglades conservation, chiles testified before the committee and admitted that his campaign had made the calls. Crist was reelected to the Senate in 1994 to a four-year term, Crist gained recognition in 1998 as the Republican challenger to the incumbent Democratic U. S. He lost to Graham by 26 percentage points and he was elected Education Commissioner of Florida in 2000 – a position he held until it became an appointed office 2003, due to a 1998 constitutional amendment. Crist left his position after he was elected Attorney General, in 2002 Crist was elected as the Attorney General in Florida. He received support of his candidacy from the host of Americas Most Wanted, Walsh and other supporters of his work commented and cited his work with the Center for Missing and Exploited ChildrenCharlie Crist – Charlie Crist
10. Pat Danner – Patsy Ann Pat Danner is an American politician. She formerly represented the Missouris 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, Danner grew up in Bevier, Missouri, her maternal grandfather emigrated from Lebanon in 1905. She attended public schools and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University cum laude with a BA in political science, following graduation, Danner worked as district administrator to Congressman Jerry Litton. She was appointed to a position in the Carter administration. Congressman Litton vacated his seat to run for the United States Senate in 1976, Danner was defeated in the August 1976, Democratic primary by Morgan Maxfield, who was himself defeated in November by Republican state Representative Tom Coleman. In 1982, Danner was elected to the Missouri State Senate, in 1992, Danner successfully ran for Congress, defeating the incumbent Coleman in an upset. Danner was re-elected to the House in 1994,1996, and 1998, in 2000, Danner announced that she would not seek re-election because she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Her son, Steve Danner, a state senator, filed to replace her. Steve Danner was defeated by Sam Graves, 51% to 47%, biographical Directory of the United States CongressPat Danner – Pat Danner
11. Alex Daoud – Alex Daoud is the former mayor of Miami Beach, Florida who served the City from 1985 to 1991. In 1991, Daoud was indicted for 41 counts of bribery and he was convicted and served seventeen months in a federal prison. After his release he wrote a book, Sins of South Beach, alex Daoud was born and grew up in the City of Miami Beach. His grandparents were Greek Orthodox and Greek Catholic immigrants from Lebanon and his mother, the youngest woman to pass the New York bar exam in the early 1920s, and his father, an antiques dealer, moved from New York to Florida during World War II. At the age of six, Daoud contracted polio, he was in a wheelchair for six months and later needed braces and crutches, but he eventually recovered without lifelong disability. Daoud, an attorney, was an associate in the law firm of Galbut Galbut and Menin, although he reportedly did little work for them. He served as a Miami City Attorney, then was elected to the Miami Beach City Commission in 1979 and he was re-elected to a second term in 1981 and then a third term in 1983. In 1985, he became the first Roman Catholic to be elected Mayor of Miami Beach, in 1987, he won re-election by eighty-six percent of the popular vote. In 1989, he was re-elected to a third term as Mayor of Miami Beach. However, on October 29,1991, he was indicted on bribery charges. He admitted to receiving bribes from developers in return for influence and city council votes. He was convicted in of bribery in 1992 and of corruption crimes in 1993. He served 17 months in prison, followed by 3 years of probation. He testified against many of the people who had paid him bribes. In 2007, he published Sins of South Beach, The True Story of Corruption, Violence, and the Making of Miami Beach, which chronicles the sex, violence and corruption of his time in public office. It is a depiction of Miami Beach in the 1980s, a retirement ghetto plagued by rampant crime. He describes how crime was reduced by attitude adjustment sessions, in which police would severely beat known criminals, after his release from prison he became embroiled in several lawsuits. His girlfriend sued Russell Galbut, in law firm Daoud had worked, for sexual harassmentAlex Daoud – Alex Daoud
12. Gwen Graham – Gwendolyn Gwen Graham is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party who was the U. S. Representative for Floridas 2nd congressional district from 2015 to 2017, Graham was born in Miami Lakes, Florida to Bob and Adele Graham. She has lived in Tallahassee since 1978, when her father became Governor, Graham graduated from Leon High School in 1980. Graham received her bachelors degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984, after law school, she worked as an associate at the law firm Andrews & Kurth in Washington, D. C. In 2003, Graham joined her fathers 2004 presidential campaign, when he dropped out of the race following a heart attack, Graham joined Howard Deans presidential campaign, before ultimately helping coordinate John Kerrys campaign efforts in Florida. Graham worked for Leon County Schools as an administrator, including as director of employee relations, in 2013, Graham announced her candidacy against incumbent Republican Congressman Steve Southerland in 2014. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced they would target the race, Graham defeated Southerland in the November election by just over 2,800 votes. Prior to her swearing in, Graham said that she would oppose Nancy Pelosi for the top Democratic leadership position, Graham voted for Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee instead. Graham voted for Cooper again when the House voted on the new Speaker after John Boehner announced his resignation, Graham scores an 8 lifetime rating on the American Conservative Unions scale of 0 to 100. Her score is 1 point more liberal than Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders and she also scores a 0 on the 2016 Freedom Works ratings and a 7 out of 100 on the Club for Growth scorecard. She has no rating yet from Americans for Democratic Action as 2014 and she voted to stop accepting Syrian refugees until more stringent safeguards are in place. Graham introduced a bill to help Israel develop a defense system to detect, map. Graham introduced a bill to prohibit members of Congress from using funds to pay for first-class airfare. Graham voted against the Iran nuclear deal that President Barack Obama supported, Graham voted to keep the military detention camp open at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Graham voted against enforcement of an Environmental Protection Agency clean-water rule saying that it would hurt farmers, Graham says that the problems with the Affordable Care Act must be fixed, She supports the legalization of medical marijuana without FDA testing but not recreational marijuana. Graham is pro-choice, supports same-sex marriage, and opposes gun control and she has voted for the Keystone XL pipeline. Most of Grahams black constituents were drawn into the 5th as well, to make up for the loss in population, the 2nd was pushed to the south to take in territory from the heavily Republican 3rd and 11th districts. Although Graham retained almost 68 percent of her territory, she found herself in what was, on paperGwen Graham – Gwen Graham
13. Greg Habeeb – Greg Habeeb is a lawyer and American politician in Southwest Virginia. Habeeb was born in Syracuse, New York and was raised in Christiansburg and he attended Christiansburg High School and was an active member in the YMCAs Model General Assembly Program. He served as Youth Governor and remained interested in politics, Habeeb attended Wake Forest University in North Carolina, earning an undergraduate degree in 1998. He earned his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2001, while at Wake Forest, he met his future wife, Christy. Greg and Christy Habeeb have three children and live in Salem, Virginia and he is a partner at Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore, a business law firm in Roanoke, Virginia. Habeeb and his family attend the Restoration Church in Salem, Habeeb is a volunteer with Young Life, a youth ministry, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia. He volunteers at the Military Family Support Center in Salem, Habeeb got his start in politics during college as intern for then Governor George Allen and subsequently for then Senator John Warner. After practicing law in Richmond, Virginia from 2001-2004, Habeeb moved back to the Roanoke Valley, in 2007 he was elected Chairman of the Salem Republican Committee. During his tenure, the Salem Republican Committee grew from about 10 members to over 120 members, during this time, Habeeb also worked closely with then Delegate Morgan Griffith, who was the House Majority Leader. In November 2010, Griffith was elected to Congress in Virginias 9th Congressional District, Griffith resigned from the House of Delegates in December. Habeeb, initially uninterested, reconsidered after receiving calls from community members. Habeeb announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 8th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates on November 7,2010 and his candidacy was supported by, among others, Congressman-elect Griffith, 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Virginia State Senator Ralph Smith. Habeeb was also endorsed during his primary by Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, due in part to the overwhelming level of support he received by party leaders and Republican voters, Habeeb ultimately won the Republican nomination without opposition. McDonnell set the date for the election as January 11,2011 - giving candidates just under two months to campaign. Habeebs opponent was Democrat Ginger Mumpower, an owner from Roanoke County. Habeeb defeated Mumpower by a margin of 64% to 36%, winning every precinct in the District, Habeeb announced in April 2011 his intention to seek a full term in the House of Delegates. Habeeb went unchallenged for the Republican nomination and eventually won re-election without opposition, Habeeb was sworn-in as a member of the Virginia General Assembly just over 14 hours after thanking his supporters on Election night. During his first session, Habeeb sponsored several pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the size of government, making it more efficient, transparent and he was initially assigned to three committees, House Courts of Justice, House Transportation and House Militia, Police, and Public SafetyGreg Habeeb – Delegate Greg Habeeb
14. Richard L. Hanna – Richard L. Hanna is an American politician who served as a U. S. Representative from New York from 2011 to 2017 and his district was numbered the 24th during his first two years in Congress, since 2013, it has been the 22nd district. Hanna was born in Utica and raised in Marcy and his grandparents owned a dairy farm in Herkimer County. He graduated from Whitesboro High School in Marcy, then, he graduated from Reed College with a bachelors degree in Economics and Political Science. After college, Hanna returned to New York to start his own business called Hanna Construction. In 2008, Hanna ran against incumbent Democrat Mike Arcuri and narrowly lost, in 2010, he ran in a rematch and won. Due to redistricting, Hanna ran in the new 22nd district in 2012, in his 2012 campaign for re-election against Democrat Dan Lamb, television stations WUTR in Utica and WSYR in Syracuse announced they would jointly air a debate between Hanna and Lamb. Hanna declined to participate, citing another scheduled televised debate and five that would not be televised, the stations said that if Hanna did not appear, they would air a 30-minute question-and-answer session with Lamb. According to Steve Merren, the president and general manager of WUTRs parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting Group. In an email to staff, Merren stated, He indicated to me that we would not be considered for his ad dollars, Merren then directed that WUTR not go ahead with the broadcast. Both Merren and a Hanna spokeswoman denied that threats had been made, after the inadvertent disclosure of the internal email, Merren told the press that Hanna “did not say he would pull his ad dollars. The Hanna campaign said that his conversation with Merren had been nothing more than a courtesy call, the Lamb campaign said that Hanna was using his money to influence the journalistic decisions of a local news agency. Hanna is a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee and the centrist Republican Main Street Partnership and he is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus. Congressman Hanna has stated his opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to the Washington Post’s congressional votes database, Hanna has voted with the House Republicans 85% of the time in his first year in office. Only 11 Republicans have a lower percentage, Hanna published an Op-ed opposing the extension of the USA PATRIOT Act in February 2011. Editors from the Syracuse Post-Standard, which published the piece, later reprimanded Hanna for plagiarizing content from a report by Julian Sanchez of the Cato Institute in his editorial, Sanchez indicated that Hanna had his permission to use the content, although he was not referenced in the piece. The first bill Hanna co-sponsored was H. R.4 which repealed the 1099 tax reporting provision of the Patient Protection, president Obama signed the bill into law in April 2011. In early 2011 Congressman Hanna voted to repeal health care reform, Hanna voted against cuts to NPR and Planned ParenthoodRichard L. Hanna – Richard L. Hanna
15. Matt Heinz – Matthew G. Heinz is an American doctor and politician from Tucson, Arizona. For one or two weekends per month, Heinz continued his work as a hospitalist in Tucson, Arizona, Heinz left the position in March 2015. Prior to his appointment, Heinz was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from the 29th District. First elected in 2008, he took office on January 12,2009, won re-election to his seat in 2010 and toward the end of his second term, Heinz earned a BA in Chemistry from Albion College and has an MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine. In 2000, he was granted a fellowship in surgery at Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in medicine at the University of Arizona and is a practicing physician at Tucson Medical Center. He is of Lebanese and German descent, Heinz is openly gay and his campaign for the Arizona state legislature won the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. The 29th District, entirely located in Pima County, includes parts of Tucson,2006 He ran for Arizonas 28th House District. He lost the Democratic primary, getting 23% of the vote, steve Farley ranked first with 33%. Incumbent State Representative David T. Bradley ranked second with 33%,2008 He then ran for Arizonas 29th House District. Term limits prevented incumbent Democrat State Representative Linda Lopez from running for re-election in 2008, Heinz was one of seven Democrats to file for the two house seats. In the primary election, he ranked first with 25% of the vote, incumbent State Representative Tom Prezelski came in third with 16% and lost his seat, behind Heinz and second-placed finisher Daniel Patterson. In the general election, Patterson ranked first 33% and Heinz ranked second with 32%,2010 He won re-election 35% of the vote, ranking second to Patterson again, who got 37% of the vote. He later withdrew from the race before the election, Heinz announced in 2015 that he would run for the 2016 Democratic nomination in Arizonas 2nd congressional district. In August 2016, Heinz won the primary with 53.2 percent of the vote, in the general election, he faced Republican incumbent Martha McSally. McSally was re-elected with 57% of the voteMatt Heinz – Matt Heinz
16. Darrell Issa – Darrell Edward Issa is the Republican U. S. Representative for Californias 49th congressional district, serving since 2001, the district covers the northern coastal areas of San Diego County, including cities such as Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and Encinitas, as well as a small portion of southern Orange County. From January 2011 to January 2015 he served as Chairman of the House Oversight, Issa served as CEO of Directed Electronics, which he co-founded in 1982. It is currently one of the largest makers of automobile aftermarket security, Issa has been named a number of times as the wealthiest currently serving member of Congress. Issa, the second of six children, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Martha and William Issa and his father was a Lebanese American of the Maronite Catholic faith and his mother is of German and Bohemian descent. In 2006, he was one of four Arab-American members of Congress, the family moved to the predominantly Jewish suburb of Cleveland Heights in the later years of his childhood. Many of his friends were Jewish, and Issa reportedly worked for a rabbi at one point and he became very familiar with Jewish culture. In 1970, on his 17th birthday, Issa dropped out of high school and he became an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician assigned to the 145th Ordnance Detachment. Trained to defuse bombs, Issa stated that his unit provided security for President Richard Nixon, after the series, Issa was transferred to a supply depot, a result of receiving poor ratings. After receiving a discharge from the Army in 1972 after his father suffered a heart attack. Twice that year, he was arrested, in the first incident he was indicted by a grand jury for an alleged theft of a Maserati, but prosecutors dropped the charge. He pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm, and was sentenced to six months probation. Issa has said he believes the record has since been expunged and he served in the Army Reserve from 1976 to 1980 and was promoted to the rank of captain. From September 9 through September 26,1980, Issa served on duty while training with the 1/77th Armor Battalion as an Assistant S-1. Col. Wesley Clark, stated This officers performance far exceeded that of any other officer who has worked in the battalion. Shortly before his discharge from the Army in 1980, Issa was again indicted for grand theft auto, the prosecution dropped the case in August 1980. In 1981, Issa was in a car crash, the other motorist sued Issa for $20,000, they eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. After leaving the military, Issa and his wife, Kathy StantonDarrell Issa – Darrell Issa
17. Chris John – Christopher Charles Chris John is American politician who was a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2005, representing Louisianas 7th congressional district. Chris John was born in Crowley, Louisiana, one of six children and he is of Lebanese, French, and German extraction. He attended Notre Dame Catholic High School in Crowley and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and he was a house page while his father, John N. John, Jr. was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He later was elected to and served on the Crowley City Council in the early 1980s, Chris John first became a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives before he entered the U. S. House. In what was considered an upset at the time, John defeated the state House incumbent. Thibodeaux had won a term in 1983 after having won a special election the year before to fill the unexpired term of Johns father. John narrowly lost the general election berth against Blanco to a state representative. In 1996, John was elected to Congress and he defeated fellow Democrat Hunter Lundy in a runoff. In 2004, John surrendered his safe House seat to run for the U. S. Senate seat being vacated by popular Democrat and fellow Crowley native John Breaux, who endorsed him. The remainder of the ballots was split between State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy and then-state senator Arthur Morrell, both Democrats, Johns seat in the House fell into Republican hands, as Charles Boustany won the 7th district with 55% of the vote against Democrat Willie Mount. John is married to Payton Smith of Leesville, whose father and they have two sons, twin boys. John has worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D. C since his defeat, making his home in Lafayette, Louisiana, while commuting to Washington. In August 2007, Chris John made public his acceptance of the top lobbying job with The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, in 2009, John was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States CongressChris John – Christopher Charles John
18. Abraham Kazen – Abraham Kazen, Jr. usually known as Chick Kazen, was a U. S. Representative from Texass 23rd congressional district, the first to serve in that particular position, elected in 1966, Kazen served until 1985, having been defeated in the 1984 Democratic primary election by Albert G. Bustamante. Kazen was of Maronite Lebanese descent, and is related to the powerful Khazen family and he was a lifelong resident of the border city of Laredo. He graduated in 1937 from Laredo High School, renamed Martin High School and he then attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1937 to 1940. In 1941, Kazen graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in Lebanon, Tennessee, since removed to Birmingham, Kazen served in 1942 as a United States Army Air Corps pilot at the since closed Lubbock Air Force Base. During World War II, Kazen fought in North Africa, Sicily and he was discharged in 1953 with the rank of captain. In 1946, Kazen was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and he then served in the Texas Senate from 1953 to 1967, and was elected president pro tempore of the State Senate in 1959. He served as acting governor of Texas on August 4,1959 and he was a member of the Texas Legislative Council for sixteen years. He was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1966 representing the newly created 23rd District and it was the largest congressional district in area in the nation, stretching across 800 miles from El Paso in the west to San Antonio in the east. It had been created when Texas previous congressional map was thrown out by the United States Supreme Court in the case Wesberry v. Sanders and he was reelected eight more times with no substantive opposition. In 1984, Kazens opponent in the Democratic primary was Bexar County circuit court judge Albert Bustamante, by this time, the 23rd had become a majority-Hispanic district. Due in part to the changes in the district, Bustamante upset Kazen in the primary. Susana Benavides, who worked in Kazens office in Washington, D. C. referred to Mrs. Kazen, accordingly, as a great Democrat. Mamma Connie was most compassionate, wise, and loving, which made her the perfect wife and most nurturing mother, grandmother, great-mother. She was an angel on earth when she was among us, Kazen retired to Laredo after his congressional defeat. He was an uncle of United States District Judge George P. Kazen of Laredo, Kazen died in Austin, Texas, and is interred beside his wife at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Laredo. Biographical Directory of the United States CongressAbraham Kazen – Abraham "Chick" Kazen, Jr.
19. Joe Kyrillos – Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr. is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey State Senate since 1992, where he represents the 13th Legislative District. Before entering the Senate, Kyrillos served in the General Assembly, Joe was the New Jersey Chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2008, and in 2009, he served as the Chairman of Governor Christies successful campaign and as a member of the transition team. He served as an advisor to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. He served as only the 29th Republican state chairman in the history of the party since 1880. When he unsuccessfully ran for the U. S. Senate in 2012 against Democratic incumbent U. S. Senator Robert Menendez, he joined a group of 135 individuals who, since the founding of New Jersey. Senator by the political parties. Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr. was born April 12,1960, in Kearny, New Jersey, joe’s father and his mother’s parent’s immigrated to the United States. His grandfather worked as a tool and die maker at Thomas Edison’s factory in West Orange and his father was a local doctor and his mother raised four children and graduated from college at age 50. Kyrillos graduated from Rumson Country Day School and the Lawrenceville School and he received a B. A. degree from Hobart College in Political Science and was awarded an M. S. from Boston University in Communications. After graduating from college, Kyrillos worked for Vice President George Bush during the 1984 Reagan-Bush campaign, following the campaign, he served as Special Assistant to Secretary of the Interior Donald Hodel from 1985 to 1987. In addition to his Senate duties, Joe is currently affiliated with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a real estate services firm, and Newport Capital, Red Bank. Visible and accessible in his district and around the State, Kyrillos has appeared on television on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, New York network affiliates, in 1989, he won re-election to a second term. After spending two terms in the Assembly, he retired to run for the seat in the New Jersey Senate in 1991, Kyrillos strongly opposed Democratic Governor Jim Florios tax increases, citing his opposition to the Florio tax plan repeatedly in his campaign advertising. He also opposed the Abbott districts, Assembly Education Committee In 1991, Kyrillos decided to run for the 13th District seat in the New Jersey Senate. He defeated incumbent appointed Senator James T. Phillips 68%-32%, in 1993, after redistricting, he won re-election to a second term with 64% of the vote. In 1997, he won re-election to a term with 63% of the vote. After redistricting, the 13th district became more competitive, in 2001, he won re-election to a fourth term with 64% of the voteJoe Kyrillos – Joe Kyrillos
20. Darin LaHood – Darin McKay LaHood /ləˈhʊd/ is a Republican politician from Peoria, Illinois, who is the United States Representative for Illinoiss 18th congressional district. Prior to being elected to Congress, he was a member of the Illinois Senate representing the seven-county 37th legislative district, LaHood is the son of Ray LaHood, the former United States Secretary of Transportation and before then the seven term congressman from the district his son currently represents. He has called himself a fiscal conservative focused on budget issues, while his father was a moderate Republican, LaHood is considered more conservative. LaHood was born in Peoria, Illinois to Ray and Kathy LaHood, as the eldest of four siblings and he graduated from Loras College in Iowa, and later went on to receive his J. D. from John Marshall Law School. LaHood was a prosecutor in the Tazewell County states attorneys office, on returning to Peoria in 2005, he took up private law practice, as of 2011 he is in the Peoria law firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs. LaHood ran for Peoria County states attorney in 2008, losing to incumbent Kevin Lyons by a margin of 43,208 to 36,449 and he was also involved in several other Republican campaigns, including Bill Bradys 2010 campaign for governor and Dan Rutherfords campaign for Illinois Treasurer. LaHood was appointed to the Illinois Senate on February 27,2011 and he took office March 1, the day after Dale Risinger retired. When appointed, LaHood announced he would run for election to a term in 2012. On July 7,2015, LaHood defeated Mike Flynn 69%-28% in the GOP Primary to become the Republican candidate for Illinoiss 18th congressional district and he faced the Democratic candidate Rob Mellon in the September 10 special general election, easily defeating him with a large percentage of the vote. He was sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner on September 17,2015, in the November 8,2016 general election, LaHood defeated Democratic candidate Junius Rodriguez by a margin of 250,506 to 96,770. LaHood was appointed to two House committees after his election win in September 2015. He currently serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Science, Space, the NITRD Program was originally authorized by the High Performance Computing Act of 1991. Darin LaHood drew criticism from constituents for declining to hold a town hall during the February 2017 recess. I was fortunate to receive 72 percent of the vote in that election, but this is part of the process. LaHood lives in Dunlap with his wife Kristen, they married in 1992 and they have three children, McKay, Lucas, and TeddyDarin LaHood – Darin LaHood
21. Ray LaHood – Raymond H. Ray LaHood is an American politician who served as United States Secretary of Transportation from 2009 until 2013. A Republican from Illinois, LaHood represented Illinoiss 18th congressional district in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2009. In 2015, LaHoods book, Seeking Bipartisanship, My Life in Politics, LaHood was born in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Edward M. LaHood, a Lebanese American who managed a restaurant, and Mary A. LaHood, who was of German ancestry. In 2006, he was one of four Arab American members of Congress and he graduated from Spalding Institute, worked his way through Canton Junior College and Bradley University in Peoria, earning a Bachelor of Science in education and sociology in 1971. Following graduation, he taught middle school studies at public and Catholic schools. About the constitution and government stirred his interest in politics, LaHood was director of the Rock Island County Youth Services Bureau and then district administrative assistant for U. S. representative Tom Railsback, a Moline, Illinois Republican, from 1977 to 1982. He was appointed in 1982 to fill a vacant seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, serving for nine months, and running for the seat in November 1982, but losing to Democrat Bob DeJaegher. LaHood then became assistant and ultimately the chief of staff to U. S. House Minority Leader Robert Michel. When Michel announced his retirement in 1994, LaHood ran for and won his seat in the House, in 1997, in an effort to promote bipartisan cooperation, LaHood organized bipartisan retreats for members of Congress. During his service in Congress, he became well-known among C-SPAN viewers as the officer of more debates than any other member. Most notably, in 1998 he presided over the debate over the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. LaHood was an advocate for preserving the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. In 2005 he voted against renewing the PATRIOT Act, saying he opposed extending its intrusive police powers, LaHood was said to be considering a challenge to Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevichs re-election bid in 2006, but chose to run for another term in Congress instead. He won the 2006 race against Steve Waterworth by a margin of 147,108 to 71,106, on July 26,2007, LaHood stated he would not seek re-election in 2008. In August 2007, LaHood received a 0% rating from the fiscally conservative 5014 organization Club for Growth 2007 RePORK Card and he received an 11% rating from the conservative lobbying group Citizens Against Government Waste in August 2007, and holds a lifetime 49% rating from the group. In 2007 LaHood considered, but later decided against, applying for the post of president of Bradley University and this doesnt befit the office that shes running for. And frankly, people dont like it, he said, on December 19,2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he would nominate LaHood to be the next Transportation Secretary. LaHood served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 1995 to 2000, some critics alleged a reputation for pork barrel spending, including in support of campaign contributorsRay LaHood – Ray LaHood
22. George J. Mitchell – George John Mitchell Jr. is an American lawyer, businessman, and politician. Democrat, Mitchell served as a United States Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995, since retiring from the Senate, Mitchell has taken up a variety of positions in politics and business. Mitchell served as chairman of The Walt Disney Company from March 2004 until January 2007 and he was the Chancellor of Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 1999 to 2009. Mitchell currently serves as a co-chair of the Housing Commission at the Bipartisan Policy Center, Mitchell was born in Waterville, Maine. His father, George John Mitchell, Sr. was of ethnic Irish descent but was adopted by a Lebanese family when he was orphaned, Mitchells father was a janitor at Colby College in Waterville, where Mitchell was raised. Mitchells mother, Mary, was a worker who emigrated to the United States in 1920 from Bkassine, Lebanon. Because of his origin, Mitchell is recognized as a prominent Arab-American and he is currently Penn States Athletic Integrity Monitor. Mitchell was raised a Maronite Catholic and in his childhood served as a boy at St. Josephs Maronite Church in Maine. Throughout junior high school and high school, Mitchell worked as a janitor, in a family of five children, all three of Mitchells brothers were athletes and though a talented student, as a child, he found himself overshadowed by his brothers athletic achievements. After graduating from school at the age of sixteen, Mitchell attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He graduated in 1954, intending to attend school and then teach. In 1961, Mitchell received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center by attending its part-time program at night and he has since received an honorary LL. D. from Bates College. Muskie from 1962 to 1965, where he first gained interest in the political world, afterwards, Mitchell practiced law in Portland, Maine, from 1965 to 1977 and was assistant county attorney for Cumberland County, Maine, in 1971. In 1974 Mitchell won the Democratic nomination for governor of Maine and he lost in the general election to independent candidate James B. Longley, but was appointed United States Attorney for Maine by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, Mitchell served in that capacity from 1977 to 1979 when he was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Maine. He served as Deputy President pro tempore in the 100th United States Congress, stennis, and remains the only senator other than Hubert Humphrey to have held that post. The position of Deputy President pro tempore was created specifically to be held by a current Senator who is a former President or former Vice President of the United States. In 1988 Mitchell was reelected with 81% of the vote, the largest margin of victory in a Senate election that year, Mitchell served as Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995George J. Mitchell – George Mitchell
23. Toby Moffett – Anthony John Toby Moffett, Jr. is a former American politician from the state of Connecticut. A Democrat, Moffett served in the United States House of Representatives as the member from Connecticuts 6th congressional district from 1975 to 1983, Moffett is currently the chairman of The Moffett Group, a government relations and strategic consulting firm in Washington, DC. Moffett was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the son of Lebanese immigrants and he attended Suffield Elementary School in Suffield, Connecticut and graduated from Suffield High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University in 1966 and studied in Florence and he received his Master of Arts from Boston College in 1968. Moffett held the northwestern Connecticut seat until 1982 and he was regarded as a liberal and an opponent of the oil industry. He was also aligned with trade unions. Moffett served as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy, Environment, in 1981, he was selected to be one of the first Young Leaders of the French-American Foundation. While 1982 was a year for Democrats nationwide, Weicker was considered a moderate/liberal Republican. Moffetts protégé, liberal State Senator Bill Curry also lost the 6th district seat to Republican Nancy Johnson, Moffett attempted a political comeback in 1986 seeking to gain the Democratic nomination over incumbent Governor William ONeill. Moffett later was a broadcaster on WVIT Channel 30 in Hartford, rowland, who was running for governor. Moffetts opponent, Waterbury alderman Gary Franks claimed that Moffett was far too liberal to represent conservative 5th district voters, in 2004 he broke with Ralph Nader regarding his independent candidacy for president. Moffett was among those who coordinated an effort on behalf of the Democrats to deny votes. He also recently criticized the independent campaign of Joe Lieberman, after serving in Congress, Moffett worked as a news anchor, producer and investigative journalist, and spent nearly a decade as a syndicated statewide columnist. In 1999, Moffett was nominated by President Clinton to be U. S. Ambassador to Argentina, Moffett worked at Monsanto as an international lobbyist from 1998-2000. Moffett is now a Washington consultant, and Chairman of The Moffett Group, representing for-profit and nonprofit entities, including renewable energy developers. In 2007, he joined with former Louisiana Congressman Bob Livingston and well-known consultant Tony Podesta to form the PLM Group, in 2014, Moffett joined the law firm of Mayer Brown as a consultant. Biographical Directory of the United States CongressToby Moffett – Toby Moffett
24. Ralph Nader – Ralph Nader is an American political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism, and government reform causes. Ralph Nader was born in Winsted, Connecticut, to Nathra and Rose Nader, after settling in Connecticut, Nathra Nader worked in a textile mill before opening a bakery and restaurant. Ralph Nader occasionally helped at his fathers restaurant, as well as worked as a delivery boy for the local paper. Nader graduated from The Gilbert School in 1951, going on to attend Princeton University, Nader graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1955. After graduating from Princeton, Nader began studying at Harvard Law School, while at Harvard, Nader would frequently skip classes to hitchhike across the U. S. where he would engage in field research on Native American issues and migrant worker rights. He earned a LL. B. from Harvard in 1958, after graduating from Harvard, Nader served in the U. S. Army as a cook and was posted to Fort Dix. In 1964, he moved to Washington, D. C. taking a position as a consultant to Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Nader was first propelled into the national spotlight with the 1965 publication of his journalistic expose Unsafe at Any Speed. Nader researched case files from more than 100 lawsuits then pending against General Motors Chevrolet Corvair to support his assertions, Nader, by then working as an unpaid consultant to United States Senator Abe Ribicoff, reported to the senator that he suspected he was being followed. Ribicoff convened an inquiry that called GM CEO James Roche who admitted, when placed under oath, Nader sued GM for invasion of privacy, settling the case for $425,000 and using the proceeds to found the activist organization the Center for the Study of Responsive Law. A year following the publication of Unsafe at Any Speed, Congress unanimously enacted the National Traffic, in 1968 Nader recruited seven volunteer law students, dubbed Naders Raiders by the Washington press corps, to evaluate the efficacy and operation of the Federal Trade Commission. The groups ensuing report, which criticized the body as ineffective and passive led to an American Bar Association investigation of the FTC. Based on the results of that study, Richard Nixon revitalized the agency and sent it on a path of vigorous consumer protection. By the early 1970s Nader had established himself as a household name. In a critical memo written by Lewis Powell to the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, Powell warned business representatives that Nader has become a legend in his own time and an idol of millions of Americans. Chief among his advocates was author Gore Vidal, who touted a 1972 Nader presidential campaign in an article in Esquire magazine in 1971. In 1974 he received the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, the organizations main efforts were directed at lobbying activities and providing local groups with scientific and other resources to campaign against nuclear power. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, through his work with Public Citizen, Nader continued to be involved in issues of consumer rights. Chief among his advocates was author Gore Vidal, who touted a 1972 Nader presidential campaign in an article in Esquire magazine in 1971Ralph Nader – Nader speaking at BYU's Alternate Commencement in 2007
25. Mary Rose Oakar – She is currently a member of the Ohio State Board of Education. Oakar, who graduated with a B. A. from Ursuline College in 1962 and she took office in 1977, succeeding James V. Stanton. Oakar, one of very few Arab-American members of the House and she was a high-ranking member of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service and the House Administration Committee. Oakars high placement on these committees allowed her to bring home to Cleveland large sums of money for urban renewal, Oakar forged strong relationships with Jewish groups in Cleveland. From 1985 to 1989, she was elected to a position in the House Democratic leadership, in 1991, she was one of nearly 100 Members of Congress involved in the widespread House banking scandal involving multiple overdrafts and bounced checks. The House Bank, not an operating financial institution, was used to pay members of the house. However, members were allowed to take advances on their pay checks without overdraft charges or repercussions to their credit, Oakar was indicted on seven counts, including lying to the FBI, filing false financial statements and using the House bank to convert public money for personal use. Her nephews were also indicted on charges, one pleaded guilty. If sentenced, she could have received 40 years in prison, in a plea agreement, she pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges, conspiracy and violation of election law. She used the names of donors on federal documents to conceal illegal contributions amounting to $16,000. Three counts against her were thrown out by the Supreme Court because members of the House cannot be prosecuted for lying to congress, in 1992, her district was renumbered the 10th and redrawn to include more Republicans, though it was still solidly Democratic. She won a 1999 libel settlement against Clevelands newspaper, The Plain Dealer after seven years in court, in April 1992 the Clevelands Plain Dealer released articles alleging that Oakar was forced to resign from a congressional task force after the House banking scandal. The paper acknowledged that the eight-term Democrat was rightfully upset that erroneous information had been printed, Oakar unsuccessfully ran in the 2001 Cleveland Mayoral Primary and served a single term in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002. In November 2012, she was elected to a term on the Ohio State Board of Education where she represents District 11. In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed, one of the cards featured Oakars name, Oakar served as president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee from 2003 through 2010. ADC describes itself as the largest Arab-American grassroots civil-rights organization in the U. S, biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Profile on the Ohio Ladies Gallery websiteMary Rose Oakar – Mary Rose Oakar
26. Nick Rahall – Nick Joe Rahall II is an American former politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as a U. S. Representative from West Virginia from 1977 to 2015 and he is the longest-serving member ever of the United States House of Representatives from the state of West Virginia. From 1977 to 1993, he served the now-defunct 4th congressional district, from 1993 to 2015, he served the 3rd congressional district. His district included the southern, coal-dominated portion of the state, including Huntington, Bluefield, Rahall was the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rahall lost a bid for re-election to Congress in 2014, losing to West Virginia State Senator Evan Jenkins, Rahall was born in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of Mary Alice and Nick Joe Rahall. He is a Presbyterian of Lebanese-Protestant descent, whose grandparents immigrated from Lebanon and his family owned radio station WWNR, which his father started with his uncles Farris, Sam, and Deem, and expanded to own other radio stations in a number of states. Rahall graduated in 1971 from Duke University and he attended graduate school at the George Washington University, but did not graduate. He then worked as a sales rep for his familys radio station and he served as president of the Mountaineer Tour and Travel Agency in 1974, and was president of West Virginia Broadcasting. He went to work as assistant for the late U. S. Senator Robert Byrd who he identifies as a mentor, 1970s–90s Rahall was elected to Congress in 1976 in the 4th district, succeeding Ken Hechler who ran for governor. Rahall won the primary with a plurality of 38%. Hechler lost the primary for governor, and attempted a write-in campaign for the congressional seat, Rahall won the general election with 46% of the vote, while Hechler got 37%. In 1978, Hechler challenged Rahall in the Democratic primary, Hechler later became the West Virginia Secretary of State, and ran against Rahall in the primary in 1990. Rahall defeated him, receiving 57% of the vote, in 1990, he defeated Republican insurance agent Marianne Brewster with just 52% of the vote, the second-lowest winning percentage of his career. The district was redrawn after the 1990 census, becoming the 3rd district,2010 In 2010, he defeated Republican former State Supreme Court Justice Spike Maynard with 56% of the vote, his lowest percentage since 1990. 2012 In the 2012 election, Rahall defeated Republican Rick Snuffer with 53. 5% of the vote and his eight-point margin of victory was his narrowest since 1990. 2014 In 2014, Rahall faced a challenge from fellow Democrat. Rahall won the primary with 66. 4% of the vote and he faced Republican State Senator Evan Jenkins in the November general electionNick Rahall – Nick Rahall
27. Edmund Reggie – Edmund Michael Reggie, Sr. was an American Democratic politician and city judge from Louisiana. Reggie was born in the city of Crowley, the seat of government of Acadia Parish in southwestern Louisiana. He claimed to have been the youngest person ever to have served as a judge in American history and he was the second father-in-law of the late U. S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who was six years Reggies junior. In 1946, he received a degree from the Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette. In 1949, he procured his law degree from the Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Reggie was married to the former Doris Ann Boustany, the daughter of businessman Frem F. Boustany, Sr. and the former Beatrice Joseph. Doris was born in Lafayette and graduated with honors from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Beatrice Boustany was a cousin of Amin Gemayel, a former president of Lebanon. Frem F. Boustany, Jr. a brother-in-law of Edmund Reggie, was a physician who died two months before the passing of his mother, Beatrice, Doris Reggie is a second cousin of U. S. Representative Charles Boustany of Lafayette, a Republican, who represents Louisianas 3rd congressional district, Doris Reggie is a long-term Democratic Party figure, having been a delegate to the national party conventions from 1976 to 1996. She sat on the committees in 1980,1984, and 1988. She was a member of the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee from 1975 to 1992 and she was amember of the national party finance committee from 1980 to 1992. She was the Democratic national committeewoman for Louisiana from 1984 to 1988, in 1979, she was a member of the Governors Committee for the International Year of the Child. Reggie served as acting judge for the ailing Crowley City Judge Denis T. Canan, when Canan died in 1950, Reggie was appointed by Governor Earl Kemp Long to Canans seat, a fulfillment of Canans dying wish. Appointed at the age of twenty-four, Reggie was reputed to be Americas youngest judge at that time, Reggie held the post for twenty-five years until 1976. At the 1956 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, with the Louisiana and Massachusetts state delegations sitting across the aisle from each other, Senator John F. Kennedy for Vice President, rather than Senator Estes Kefauver, who was preferred by Louisiana Governor Earl Long. In the 1960 presidential election, Reggie was a leader in John F. Kennedys Louisiana campaign, in 1959, he invited Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, to attend the International Rice Festival in Crowley as honored guests. This afforded Kennedy the opportunity to address a crowd of 130,000 people, the Kennedys were greeted by enthusiastic crowds — the largest JFK addressed prior to his Democratic presidential nomination in July 1960. Working with Reggie in the campaign was the former Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Sidney McCrory of Ascension Parish, Reggie was nominated as presidential elector in Louisiana for the Democratic ticket of John F. Kennedy-Lyndon B. Johnson and cast his vote when Kennedy handily prevailed in the statewide popular voteEdmund Reggie – Edmund Reggie
28. Donna Shalala – Donna Edna Shalala was the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. She was the president of the University of Miami, a university in Coral Gables, Florida. Previously she was the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1988 to 1993 and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom the nations highest civilian honor by President George W. Bush in June 2008. Shalala currently serves as the president of the Clinton Foundation, Shalala was born in Cleveland Ohio of Maronite Catholic Lebanese descent the daughter of Edna Smith and James Abraham Shalala. She has a twin sister Diane Fritel and she graduated from West Technical High School and received a bachelors degree in 1962 from Western College for Women, which in 1976 merged with Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. From 1962 to 1964 she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran, while there she worked with other volunteers to construct an agricultural college. In 1970 she earned a Ph. D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, Shalala began her teaching career as a political science professor at Baruch College, where she also was a member of the American Federation of Teachers union. In 1972 Shalala became a professor of politics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, concurrently, from 1977 to 1980, she served as the assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter Administration. Shalalas first experience with academic administration came on October 8,1980 when she became the 10th president of Hunter College and she next served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Under her chancellorship and with her support, the university adopted a broad speech code subjecting students to disciplinary action for communications that were perceived as hate speech and that speech code was later found unconstitutional by a federal judge. Also while chancellor, Shalala supported passage of a revised faculty speech code broadly restricting harmful speech in both noninstructional and instructional settings, the faculty speech code was abolished ten years later, after a number of professors were investigated for alleged or suspected violations. She was the first woman to lead a Big Ten Conference school, following a year serving as chair of the Childrens Defense Fund, Shalala was appointed United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, in 1993, by President Bill Clinton. She served in this role for all eight years of his administration, in 1996, Shalala was the designated survivor during Clintons State of the Union address. In her role as HHS secretary, Shalala frequently drew criticism for her positions, the Washington Post labeled her one of the most controversial Clinton Cabinet nominees. She was also known for her fervent anti-drug stance and she was the first Lebanese-American to serve in a Cabinet position. In February 2012 the University of Miami announced Momentum2, The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, on October 26,2012, UM announced that Momentum2 hit the $1 billion mark, on track to reach the fundraising goal of $1.6 billion in 2016. Drawing on her experience after serving as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Shalala faced some criticism for her response to a nationally publicized custodial workers strike at the University of Miami, which lasted from February 28 to May 1,2006. Critics called UMs custodial workers among the lowest paid university-based custodians in the nation, the strike prompted Shalala to raise wagesDonna Shalala – Donna Shalala
29. Francis Slay – Francis G. Slay is an American politician and attorney who is the 45th Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri since 2001. The first mayor of the city of St. Louis to be elected to the four consecutive times. His fourth term started in April 2013 and he announced on April 8,2016 that he would not seek another term as mayor. He is registered in the Democratic Party, Slay graduated from St. Marys High School in 1973. He received a degree in science from Quincy University and a law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. After graduating from law school, Slay served as a law clerk for Judge Paul J. Simon of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District. In 1981, he joined the law firm of Guilfoil, Petzall, Slay was elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in 1985, representing the 23rd ward. In 1995, he was elected President of the Board of Aldermen, Slay defeated incumbent mayor Clarence Harmon and former mayor Freeman Bosley, Jr. in the Democratic Primary in 2001. During his first term, he oversaw significant residential redevelopment within the city, Slay then negotiated the construction of Busch Stadium, the new St. Louis Cardinals baseball stadium in downtown St. Louis, and the re-districting of aldermanic wards required after the 2000 census. The Slay administration and its public and private partners have received national and international recognition for St. Louiss renaissance, in May 2007, Downtown St. Louiss revitalization was the subject of a Preserve America Presidential Award, the nations highest award for historic preservation. In 2011, Citygarden won the Urban Land Institutes prestigious Amanda Burden Urban Open Space award and he announced on April 8,2016 that he would not seek another term as mayor though he remains the longest serving mayor of the City of St. Louis up to this point. He accepted a job as an attorney with the Spencer Fane law firm, Slay is the second of eleven children. Francis R. Slay died on March 16,2011, aged 83, Slay and his wife Kim have two children and three rescued dogs. Slay is a Maronite Catholic and also a supporter of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He is of Lebanese and Polish ancestry, timeline of St. Louis, 2000s-2010s The official website of Mayor Francis Slay The mayors page on the city of St. Louis websiteFrancis Slay – Francis Slay at Washington University in St. Louis
30. John E. Sununu – John Edward Sununu is a former Republican United States Senator from New Hampshire. Sununu was the youngest member of the Senate for his entire six-year term and he is the son of former New Hampshire Governor and former White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. On November 4,2008, Sununu lost his bid to former governor Jeanne Shaheen. His younger brother, Chris Sununu, is Governor of New Hampshire, Sununu, one of eight siblings, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Nancy and former Governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. His fathers paternal ancestry is Palestinian from the Greek Orthodox community in Jerusalem, despite the familys ancestry from Jerusalem, some members of the family were from Beirut, in what is today Lebanon. His father, John, was born in Havana, Cuba and his paternal grandfather, also named John, was born in the United States, and most of the last two generations of Sununus were also born in the United States. His mothers ancestors include immigrants from Ireland, as well as Scotland and England, Sununu earned both B. S. and M. S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986 and 1987, respectively. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University in 1991, after graduating, he worked in the high-tech industry, at one time for the company of Dean Kamen and as a management consultant for PRTM. Congressman Bill Zeliff decided to run for Governor of New Hampshire, Sununu narrowly defeated Democrat Joe Keefe. In 1998, he won re-election with 67% of the vote, in 2000, he won re-election defeating Democrat Martha Fuller Clark with 53% of the vote. In 1999, New Hampshires Christian Coalition gave pro-family awards to both New Hampshire Representatives, Sununu and Charles Bass, honoring the vote by both men to impeach President Bill Clinton and he earned a 100% rating from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. He served on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees, in 2002, Sununu ran for a United States Senate seat from New Hampshire. In the Republican primary, he defeated the Republican incumbent Bob Smith 54%–45%, in the November election, he subsequently defeated Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen 51%–46%. The election was marred by members of the Republican Party who organized the 2002 New Hampshire Senate election phone jamming scandal which disrupted Democratic efforts, in a rematch, Shaheen defeated Sununu 52% to 45%. She won all of the counties except for Carroll, Belknap, Sununu slightly outperformed Republican presidential candidate John McCain in the 2008 national election, as McCain got about 45% of the vote but didnt win any counties. According to a Washington Post study, Sununu voted with the Republican Partys position 84% of the time, however, he broke with his party on prominent issues, joining Democrats in filibusters of the USA PATRIOT Act and the Bush Administrations 2003 energy bill. Sununu strongly supported greater access to firearms, voting against the renewal of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 2004. He strongly opposed amnesty for aliens, voting against the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill in July 2007John E. Sununu – John E. Sununu
31. John H. Sununu – John Henry Sununu is an American politician who served as the 75th Governor of New Hampshire and later White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush. He is the father of John E. Sununu, the former United States Senator from New Hampshire, and Christopher Sununu, Sununu was the chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party from 2009 to 2011. Sununu was born in Havana, Cuba, the son of Victoria and John Saleh Sununu and his fathers family came to the United States from the Middle East at the turn of the century. His paternal ancestry is Lebanese from the Orthodox Church community in Jerusalem and his father, John, was born in Boston. Most of the last two generations of Sununus were also born in the United States, Sununus mother, Victoria Dada, was born in El Salvador. Her family was Greek Orthodox Christian and settled in Central America at the turn of the century, most of his closest relatives in Beirut have died, including an uncle who returned to the Lebanese capital from the United States several years ago. The Governor paid his last visit to Beirut as a child in the late 1940s. He earned a bachelor of degree in 1961, a master of science degree in 1963. He is a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, from 1966 to 1982, he taught at Tufts University, where he served as an associate professor of mechanical engineering. He was the dean of the Universitys College of Engineering from 1968 to 1973. As of 1988, Sununu retained his title and family tuition benefits from Tufts during an extremely rare unpaid six-year leave of absence that coincided with his governorship and he served on the Advisory Board of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT from 1984 until 1989. A Republican, Sununu served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1973 to 1975, Sununu became New Hampshires 75th Governor on January 6,1983, and served three consecutive terms. He served as chairman of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the Republican Governors Association and, in 1987, Sununu was the first White House Chief of Staff for George H. W. Bush, serving from 1989 to 1991. Sununu is considered to have engineered Bushs mid-term abandonment of his 1988 campaign promise of no new taxes, Senator and fellow New Hampshirite Warren Rudman. Souter to gullible White House chief of staff John Sununu as a confirmable conservative, then they both sold the judge to President Bush, who wanted above all else to avoid a confirmation battle. Rudman wrote in his memoir that he had suspected all along that Souter would not overturn activist liberal precedents, Sununu later said that he had a lot of disappointment about Souters positions on the Court and would have preferred him to be more similar to Justice Antonin Scalia. Time magazine dubbed Sununu Bushs Bad Cop on the front cover on May 21,1990, at the recommendation of George W. Bush, Sununu resigned his White House post on December 4,1991. He remained at the White House as Counselor to the President until March 1,1992, Sununu co-hosted CNNs nightly Crossfire from March 1992 until February 1998John H. Sununu – John H. Sununu
32. Dennis Zine – Dennis Phillip Zine is a politician. He served on the Los Angeles City Council representing the 3rd district from 2001 to 2013 and he was elected to City Council in 2001 and re-elected in 2005 and 2009. He was a member of the Republican Party but changed his registration to Decline to State in 2011 and he grew up in Hollywood, California, the son of Lebanese immigrants. His father, Phillip, was a gardener and his mother and he attended Notre Dame High School, class of 1966. He attended a Cal State, graduating in 1970, City Charter Reform Commission Zine was first elected to public office in 1997 to represent Valley interests on the elected Charter Reform Commission where he served as Vice Chairman. In a primary field of six candidates, Zine placed second, trailing Ron Galperin. Councilman Zine is also a member of the Los Angeles County Judicial Procedures Commission and he was one of two Republican Party members of the City Council until he changed his registration to Decline to State in 2011. In February 2008, Zine proposed an anti-paparazzi Personal Safety Law for Los Angeles to ensure a safety zone for celebrities against photographers, the measure was in direct response to several incidents in which celebrities were hindered from entering medical facilities or caught in pursuits with paparazzi. In 2012 he called to report a car chase between Justin Bieber and the paparazzi, which resulted in Bieber getting a ticket for driving at 80 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. The case may result in the prosecution of the paparazzi involved for chasing Bieber, Zine was a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for over 28 years. Councilman Zine is a former Los Angeles Police Department sergeant and a current reserve officer and he worked Valley Traffic Detail and served as liaison for Deputy Chief Mark Kroeker in the aftermath of the 1992 riots. He was honored as officer of the year by the California Highway Patrol and he has been elected three times to the Board of Directors of the Police Protective League, representing the 9,100 rank and file officers. Councilman Zine is a member of the Guardians and has served on the Executive Committee at the Jewish Home for the Aging. For over 10 years he has been a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and has served on the Board of Directors of Haven Hills Battered Womens Shelter. Zine is divorced with two sons, Zine has been criticized for failing to recuse himself with votes that conflict with his personal relationship with lobbyist Veronica Becerra. His other son Chris is a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles City Council District 3 South Central Farm Statement Regarding South Central Farm Incident Dog Food Prank Burns LA Fire Chief, CBS Newsl 3rd District Website Personal Safety Law proposalDennis Zine – Dennis Zine