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Lynne Abraham

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Lynne Abraham

Lynne Marsha Abraham (born January 31, 1941) is an American attorney who served as the District Attorney of the City of Philadelphia from May 1991 to January 2010. She was the first woman to serve as Philadelphia's district attorney. Abraham won election to that position four times. As district attorney, she oversaw the largest such office in Pennsylvania. The office prosecutes approximately 75,000 cases every year and is the largest appellate litigator in the Commonwealth. Abraham oversaw a professional staff of 300 assistant district attorneys and 275 support staff. She is also listed as one of the United States deadliest prosecutors, and was known for seeking and obtaining the death penalty frequently.[2] She ran for Mayor of Philadelphia in the 2015 election.[3] Early life Lynne Abraham was born in 1941 and raised in Philadelphia[4] and educated in its public schools. The daughter of first-generation Americans, she grew up on the margins of poverty. Her grandparents were immigrants — a tailor and a butc

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Claire D. Ayer

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Claire D. Ayer

Claire D. Ayer (born September 21, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Addison Senate District. Claire D. Ayer was first elected to the Vermont State Senate in 2002, and reelected in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Ayer serves as assistant majority leader of the Vermont Senate, and previously served as majority whip.[1] She is also the current chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare.[1] Biography Ayer was born September 21, 1948, in Quincy, Massachusetts, and spent her childhood in Charlotte, Vermont. After receiving her high school education at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, she attended the Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in Burlington, becoming a registered nurse in 1969.[1] She also received a B.A. in environmental studies from Middlebury College in 1992.[1] She was married to a physician, Dr. Alan Ayer, who died in 2015.[2] They settled in Weybridge, Vermont in 1979, after spending four years in the Air Force.[3] A

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Chip Arndt

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Chip Arndt

Willis Chapman "Chip" Arndt Jr. (born October 2, 1966 in West Hartford, Connecticut) is an American gay activist, best known as a winner of The Amazing Race 4 in 2003 with former partner Reichen Lehmkuhl. Arndt attended Hotchkiss School, Yale University, and Harvard University, where he was the president of the Harvard Business School Gay and Lesbian Student Association. Prior to The Amazing Race, he worked as an investment banker. Early life The youngest and only boy of four children, Arndt attended Hotchkiss School, a private school in his native Connecticut, and won a fellowship to a 13th year at Harrow College in Northwest London.[1] He earned his undergraduate degree in history, with honors, at Yale University in 1990, where he was captain of the golf team. He worked for five years as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley as well as in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.[1] He then entered Harvard University for an MBA in 1996.[1] He was President of the Harvard Graduate School Leadership and

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Carrie Austin

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Carrie Austin

Carrie Austin is alderman of the 34th ward on Chicago's far south side. The predominantly African-American ward includes portions of Morgan Park, Roseland, Washington Heights and West Pullman. Chicago City Council Austin was appointed by Richard M. Daley to the seat of her late husband Lemuel Austin. She officially took office on July 13, 1994.[1] She has been reelected in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019. As a member of the Chicago City Council, she serves on six committees: Budget and Government operations; Energy, Environmental Protection and Public Utilities; Finance; Health; Housing and Real Estate; and Zoning. Austin served as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.[2] Austin was an ally of mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel.[3] In the runoff of the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, Austin endorsed Lori Lightfoot.[4] On May 17, 2019, Austin publicly admitted that she had hired family members as interns on her committee payroll, refusing to apologize for it.[3] The sa

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Polly Baca

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Polly Baca

Polly Baca (born February 13, 1941) is an American politician who served as Chair of the Democratic Caucus of the Colorado House of Representatives (1976–79), being the first woman to hold that office and the first Hispanic woman elected to the Colorado State Senate and in the House and Senate of a state Legislature. She also was the first to co-chair a National Democratic Convention.[1] She was a member of the Colorado State Legislature for 12 years and was elected to the Colorado Senate in 1978. She was also the founder and director of the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA), as well as its president and CEO. She founded the LARASA nonprofit organization in 1964 "to lead and influence change to improve the quality of life for Latinos through advocacy, capacity building, and education."[2] In addition, she's currently the president and CEO of "Baca Barragan & Perez Associates", "a consulting firm specializing in political campaigns, multicultural leadership development, diversity train

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Walter Arnold Baker

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Walter Arnold Baker

Walter Arnold Baker (February 20, 1937 – May 24, 2010) was an American lawyer and politician who served in both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly, in the presidential administration of Ronald Reagan, and on the Kentucky Supreme Court. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Baker also served as a judge advocate general in the Kentucky Air National Guard for 20 years. Baker's political career began with his election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1968, concurrent with the election of fellow Republican Louie B. Nunn as governor. Baker supported Nunn's efforts to raise the state sales tax to benefit education, the first of several education-related causes he would champion. In 1972, Baker was elected to the Kentucky Senate and was three times chosen as the Republican caucus chair. He resigned from the Senate in 1981 to take Reagan's appointment as assistant general counsel for International Affairs in the Department of Defense. He left that post in 1983 and was presented with the Department's Outst

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James L. Barksdale

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James L. Barksdale

James Love Barksdale (born January 24, 1943) is an American executive who served as the president and CEO of Netscape from January 1995 until the company merged with AOL in March 1999.[2] Early life James Barksdale was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi in 1965. While there, Barksdale became a member of the Eta Chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity.[3] Career Barksdale was called before Congress several times during hearings about Microsoft and its alleged abuse of its operating system monopoly to dominate the web browser market (see also: Browser wars). At one point he addressed the entire room: "How many of you use Intel-based PCs in this audience, not Macintoshes?" Most people in the room raised their hands. "Of that group who use PCs? How many of you use a PC without Microsoft's operating system?" All of the hands went down. He said to the Senate panel, "Gentlemen, that is a monopoly."[4] Before Netscape, Barksdale had worked a

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John Brenden

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John Brenden

John C. Brenden was a Republican member of the Montana Legislature.[1] He was elected for Senate District 18, representing Scobey, Montana in the 2009 and 2011 sessions. Due to redistricting he served District 17 from 2013 to 2016. He had previously served in 1993.[2] Brenden received a BA from Concordia College in Political Science/Philosophy. He currently owns Brenden Farms.[3] References "John C. Brenden". The Montana Legislature. Retrieved 21 January 2017. Montana Legislature. "JOHN C BRENDEN (R)". Retrieved 4 April 2011. Project Vote Smart. "Senator John C. Brenden (MT)". Retrieved 4 April 2011.

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Muriel Bowser

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Muriel Bowser

Muriel Elizabeth Bowser (born August 2, 1972) is an American politician serving since 2015 as the eighth mayor of the District of Columbia. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously represented Ward 4 as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia from 2007 to 2015. Elected to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in 2004, Bowser was elected to the Council in a special election in 2007, to succeed Adrian Fenty, who had been elected Mayor. She was re-elected in 2008 and 2012 and ran for Mayor in the 2014 election. She defeated incumbent Mayor Vincent C. Gray in the Democratic primary and won the general election against three Independent and two minor party candidates with 54.53% of the vote. Bowser won re-election in 2018 with 76.4% of the vote. She is the second woman to serve as mayor, after Sharon Pratt Kelly and the first woman to be re-elected mayor of the District of Columbia. According to a Washington Post poll, the majority of D.C. residents expect Mayor Muriel Bowser to run for a third

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Michael D. Barnes

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Michael D. Barnes

Michael Darr Barnes (born September 3, 1943, in Washington, D.C.) is an American lawyer and politician who represented the eighth district of Maryland in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987. Early life Born in Washington, D.C. to John P. Barnes former general counsel to C&P Telephone Company, and Vernon S. Barnes.[1] His grandfather John Peter Barnes was a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Barnes moved to Chevy Chase in Montgomery County, Maryland at age 13.[2] Personal life Married Claudia Dillon Fangboner 1970,[3] has two daughters Dillon and Garrie.[2] Career Barnes while in Congress. After serving in the Marine Corps (1967 to 1969), being discharged with the rank of corporal, Barnes attended George Washington University and obtained a Juris Doctor degree in 1972. Barnes served on the Maryland Public Service Commission.[4] Barnes served as executive director of the 1976 Democratic party platform committee.[4] Barnes served in both

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Elizabeth Bobo

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Elizabeth Bobo

Elizabeth Bobo (born December 21, 1943) is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. She served as Howard County Executive and in the Maryland House of Delegates. Bobo was the first and only female Howard County Executive, serving from 1986 to 1990. Early life and law career Bobo was born in Baltimore on December 21, 1943. She graduated from Seton High School in Baltimore before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from the University of Maryland University College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Bobo was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1992 and practiced as an attorney before her election to the House of Delegates.[1] Political career Bobo served one term as Howard County Executive from 1986 to 1990. She was Howard County's first and only female executive.[3] In 1987, Bobo partnered with developer Kingdon Gould III to form a business outreach program.[4] Charles I. Ecker defeated Bobo's bid for reelection as county execu

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Maggie Carlton

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Maggie Carlton

Maggie Carlton (born July 24, 1957) is a Democratic U.S. politician. She is a member of the Nevada State Assembly representing District 14, Previously she served in the Nevada Senate, representing Clark County District 2 (map) from 1998 to 2010. External links Nevada State Legislature - Senator Maggie Carlton official government website Project Vote Smart - Senator Maggie Carlton (NV) profile Follow the Money - Maggie Carlton 2006 2004 2002 1998 campaign contributions

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John S. Brenner

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John S. Brenner

John S. Brenner (born March 1968) is an American politician who served as the 23rd mayor of York, Pennsylvania. He was first elected in 2001 as the youngest mayor in the city's history. He was previously City Controller for two years. In 2009, his chosen successor, C. Kim Bracey, was elected mayor. Brenner received a bachelor's degree in political science from Lebanon Valley College. He obtained his master's degree in governmental administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Mayor Brenner announced on July 2, 2008, that he would not seek re-election in 2009, more than a year before the mayoral election, citing the impending birth of his second child as a major factor in his retirement.[1] He said he intended to teach courses at York College of Pennsylvania and Penn State York.[1] References "York mayor will not seek another term". Associated Press. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2011-08-22. External links York Mayor official government website speeches

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Martha Fuller Clark

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Martha Fuller Clark

Martha Fuller Clark (born March 14, 1942 in York, Maine) is a Democratic member of the New Hampshire Senate, representing the 21st district since 2012, and having represented the 24th district from 2004 until 2010. Prior to her Senate service she was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1990 through 2002. She first ran for the United States Congress to represent New Hampshire's 1st congressional district in 2000 but was defeated by then incumbent representative John E. Sununu. She ran again in 2002, but lost to former Congressman Jeb Bradley. Today, Sen. Clark serves as Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and a member of Democratic National Committee, serving on the Resolutions Committee. In 2008 and again in 2012 she was a co-chair of the New Hampshire Committee to elect Barack Obama President of the United States, a superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, and was a member of the United States Electoral College in 2008, when she cast one of New

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Barbara Flynn Currie

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Barbara Flynn Currie

Barbara Flynn Currie (born May 3, 1940) was a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1979 to 2019. She served as the Majority Leader from 1997 to 2019. Flynn Currie's forty years as a member of the Illinois General Assembly is the longest tenure of any woman to serve in the Illinois General Assembly.[1] Personal life and education Barbara attended the University of Chicago Lab School, graduating in 1958. She received a BA from the University of Chicago in 1968 and a master's degree in political science in 1973.[2] She is the widow of the legal scholar David P. Currie. She is a member of the Chicago League of Women Voters, the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership, Women United for South Shore, and the Board of the ACLU of Illinois. Political career Currie was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1978, and assumed office in January 1979. She represented the Districts in Chicago which included the communities of Woodlawn, South Shore, Hyde Park, and Kenwood.

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Dennis Daugaard

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Dennis Daugaard

Dennis Martin Daugaard (born June 11, 1953) is an American attorney and politician who served as the 32nd governor of South Dakota from 2011 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he was the first chief executive of a U.S. state to be the child of deaf parents.[1][2][3] Before being elected governor, he was a lawyer, banker, development director for a nonprofit organization; he also served as a state senator from 1997 to 2003 and the 37th lieutenant governor of South Dakota from 2003 to 2011. Background, education and family Dennis Martin Daugaard was born in 1953 and raised on a family farm near Garretson, South Dakota, the son of Florence Margaret (Kennedy) and Raymond Victor Daugaard.[4] Both his parents were deaf. (Such children are referred to as CODA, child of deaf adult(s), and a national interest organization for them was founded in 1983 because of their common issues as mediators between the deaf and hearing worlds.) His paternal grandparents were immigrants from Denmark.[5] While Dennis Daugaa

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Andrew Cuomo

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Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Mark Cuomo ( KWOH-moh; born December 6, 1957) is an American politician, author, and lawyer serving as the 56th governor of New York since 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the same position his late father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms. Born in New York City, Cuomo is a graduate of Fordham University and Albany Law School of Union University, New York. He began his career working as the campaign manager for his father, then as an assistant district attorney in New York City before entering private law practice. He founded Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP USA) and was appointed chair of the New York City Homeless Commission, a position he held from 1990 to 1993. In 1993, Cuomo joined the Clinton Administration as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 1997 to 2001, he served as the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In 2006, Cuomo was elected Attorney

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Janice Cole

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Janice Cole

Janice McKenzie Cole is an attorney who served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina (1994–2001) under President Bill Clinton. During her tenure as U.S. Attorney, she helped introduce five communities to the United States Department of Justice's Weed and Seed crime-prevention program. Cole has been honored as Woman of the Year by the East Carolina University Branch of the American Association of University Women and Tarheel of the Week by The News and Observer. Education and career She received her bachelor of science degree with highest honors from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York. She also has a master's degree in public administration from John Jay. She received her law degree from Fordham University in 1979. Cole, a native New Yorker, is a former New York City police officer, and was in one of the first groups of female police officers assigned to patrol the streets in high crime areas. Upon her completion of law school, C

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Jeff Colyer

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Jeff Colyer

Jeffrey William Colyer (born June 3, 1960) is an American surgeon who served as the 47th governor of Kansas from January 31, 2018 to January 14, 2019. A Republican, he served as the 49th lieutenant governor of Kansas from 2011 to 2018, as a member of the Kansas Senate from 2009 to 2011, and in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. Colyer became governor of Kansas when Governor Sam Brownback resigned to take an ambassador position. Colyer ran for a full term as governor in 2018, but was narrowly defeated in the Republican primary by Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, who in turn lost the general election to Democratic nominee Laura Kelly. Early life, education, family, and medical career Colyer was raised in Hays, where his father, James Daniel Colyer (d. 2015),[1] worked as a dentist from 1955 to 1985.[2][3] He graduated from Thomas More Prep High School in 1978[4] before enrolling at Georgetown University, where he took pre-med courses and earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 19

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Winfield Dunn

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Winfield Dunn

Bryant Winfield Culberson Dunn (born July 1, 1927) is an American businessman, politician, medical industry official, and dentist who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1971 to 1975. He was the state's first Republican governor in fifty years, and was just the sixth since the Civil War.[1] Dunn was an unsuccessful candidate for a second term in 1986, losing to Democrat Ned McWherter. He has remained active in the Republican Party and the medical field since the end of his term as governor.[2] Early life Dunn was born in Meridian, Mississippi, the son of Aubert C. Dunn, an attorney and politician, and Dorothy (Crum) Dunn. In 1944, during World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served as a pharmacists' mate in the Asia-Pacific Theatre. He subsequently served as a reserve lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.[1] Dunn graduated with a B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1950. That same year, he married Betty Prichard, the daughter of a Memphis dentist. After working in the insurance industry for

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Nathaniel Exum

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Nathaniel Exum

Nathaniel Exum is an American politician from Maryland, a member of the Democratic Party and former member of the Maryland State Senate, representing Maryland's District 24 in Prince George's County. Background Exum grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and moved to the Washington, DC area to attend Howard University. After serving in the United States Army, he became a safety director for Joseph Smith & Sons. He has been active with a number of community, religious, and civic organizations, including the Kiwanis, the NAACP, and the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. In the legislature Exum with the 1992 Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Exum was originally elected to the House of Delegates in 1974, representing District 25 in Prince George's County. He ran for and won a seat in the State Senate in 1998, though due to redistricting he represented District 24 before being defeated. He had at various times served as Chair and Co-Chair of his county delegation, as Chaplain and Treasurer of

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James DeLeo

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James DeLeo

James A. DeLeo is a former Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 10th district since 1992, and is an Assistant Majority Leader. Earlier he served in the Illinois House of Representatives. He announced his retirement from the State Senate in 2010, and left office in August 2010. Democrat John G. Mulroe was appointed to replace him and defeated Republican Brian Doherty for a full term in office in the 2010 general election. Education DeLeo was educated in the Chicago Public Schools; he later attended Chicago's Loop Junior College (now Harold Washington College) and DePaul University where he majored in political science.[1] State representative Before becoming a state senator, DeLeo served in the Illinois House of Representatives. State Rep. DeLeo was indicted by a federal grand jury in the "Operation Greylord" investigation of corruption in Cook County for taking bribes. In 1990, DeLeo negotiated a guilty plea on a misdemeanor tax offense, and was placed on probation.[2] Senate career

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Randy Evans

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Randy Evans

James Randolph Evans (born September 24, 1958) is currently the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg. He presented credentials June 19, 2018. He is an American lawyer and Republican Party activist from Georgia who specializes in professional, legal, and government ethics.[1] Evans remains a partner and serves on the U.S. board of directors at Dentons, the largest law firm in the world.[2] He was selected by President Donald Trump to become the next United States Ambassador to Luxembourg.[3] This nomination was submitted to the Senate on September 28, 2017[4] and was confirmed on May 24, 2018.[5] Early life and education Randy Evans was born in Dublin, Georgia, on September 24, 1958.[6] He grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia,[7] where he graduated from Northside High School in 1976.[1] He was awarded a debate scholarship to West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia.[8] Evans was elected in 1979 as President of the West Georgia College Student Government Association.[9] Evans graduated with a Bachelor of Ar

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Thomas DiNapoli

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Thomas DiNapoli

Thomas P. DiNapoli (born February 10, 1954[1][2]) is the 54th Comptroller of the state of New York. He is a former state assemblyman in New York, who was elected by the state legislature as New York State Comptroller on February 7, 2007. He was formerly the Chairman of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. DiNapoli is a Democrat from Long Island. He is a resident of the Village of Great Neck Plaza. In November 2014, he won reelection, leading the statewide ticket with the most votes.[3] He was easily re-elected in November 2018, receiving 64.9%.[4] Entry career and education DiNapoli has been active in politics since he was a teenager, when he ran for and won a position as a trustee on the Mineola Board of Education.[1] At the age of 18 in 1972, he was the youngest person in New York State history elected to public office.[5] He served on the school board for 10 years.[6] In 1976, DiNapoli graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University with a bachelor's degree in history.[5][6] After colleg

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Katon Dawson

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Katon Dawson

Katon Edwards Dawson (born February 29, 1956) is an American politician from the state of South Carolina, former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party[1] and was a 2009 candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee. Early life Dawson was born in Columbia, South Carolina in then-heavily Democratic South Carolina, his parents helped organize the state's first GOP precincts. Dawson says his political interest came from attending a Barry Goldwater speech in 1964, and first volunteered for Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign.[1] Dawson graduated from the University of South Carolina. Political career Dawson was elected Richland County GOP vice chairman in 1994 and state party chair 2002.[1] In 2006, despite nationwide losses by the Republican party, the South Carolina GOP carried eight of nine statewide constitutional offices.[2] In August 2007 Dawson drew national attention for his decision to move the 2008 South Carolina Republican presidential primary from Feb. 2 to January

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Jim Doyle

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Jim Doyle

James Edward Doyle, Jr., (born November 23, 1945) is an American lawyer, politician, and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 44th Governor of Wisconsin, serving from January 6, 2003 to January 3, 2011. In his first election to the governorship, he defeated incumbent Governor Scott McCallum by a margin of 45 percent to 41 percent; the Libertarian Party candidate Ed Thompson carried 10 percent of the vote. Although in 2002 Democrats increased their number of governorships, Doyle was the only one of them to unseat a sitting Republican governor. Doyle also served as Wisconsin’s Attorney General for 12 years before becoming Governor. He is currently an attorney 'of counsel' in the Madison, Wisconsin office of the law firm of Foley & Lardner and serves on the corporate board of Epic Systems.[1][2] Personal background Jim Doyle was born on November 23, 1945, in Washington, D.C., the son of Ruth Bachhuber Doyle and James Edward Doyle, who were influential leaders of the post-1946 Democratic Party

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Inez Dickens

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Inez Dickens

Inez E. Dickens is the Assembly member for the 70th District of the New York State Assembly. She is a Democrat. The district includes portions of El Barrio, Hamilton Heights, Harlem, Morningside Heights, the Upper West Side and Washington Heights in Manhattan. She formerly served on the New York City Council from 2006 to 2016. Life and career Dickens is a lifelong resident of New York City and her father, Lloyd E. Dickens, was a prominent Democratic District Leader and a member of the New York Assembly. She attended P.S. 133 and Julia Richman High School, and later did undergraduate studies in real estate and land economics at New York University and later at Howard University but did not graduate. Dickens was first elected to office in 1974 as a State Party Committeewoman, and served in that capacity for 32 years.[1] In the 2004 presidential election, she served as one of New York's 33 presidential electors, casting her ballot for John Kerry. After Bill Perkins opted to seek a state senate seat in 2005, D

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Helen Foster (politician)

Helen Diane Foster represented District 16 in the New York City Council, which comprises the neighborhoods of Morrisania, Highbridge, and Morris Heights for 11 years. She was the first Black woman to be elected within Bronx County. She served as the commissioner for the New York State Division of Human Rights from September 2013 until April 2019 and was appointed to the post by Governor Andrew Cuomo.[1] Education Foster holds degrees from Howard University and CUNY School of Law. Career Elected in 2001, she replaced her father, Rev. Wendell Foster, who was forced to retire from the city council due to term limits. With her election she became the first African-American woman to be elected within Bronx County. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Parks & Recreation Committee, and serves as a member of the Aging, Education, Health, Lower Manhattan Redevelopment, and Public Safety Committees. Prior to her election to the council, Foster was an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District

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William Forsee

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William Forsee

William Forsee is a Democratic political activist from Nebraska, who served as a presidential elector during 2008 election. A high school biology/anatomy teacher, In 2008, Forsee became the first elector from Nebraska in 44 years[1] (since 1964) to cast a vote for Democratic nominees (Senator Barack Obama from Illinois for President and Senator Joe Biden of Delaware for Vice President). Nebraska split electoral votes (as Maine does) between winners at-large and congressional districts. Republican nominee John McCain won Nebraska at-large and all but one congressional district, but Obama carried Nebraska's 2nd congressional district and thus Forsee became first Nebraska elector in history to legally cast his vote (unlike faithless electors) for another candidate than the rest of his fellow electors. Forsee along with his wife Carol have lived in Bellevue, Nebraska for 35 years.[2] References Split electoral vote system good for state William Forsee for Metro Board Archived November 5, 2012, at the W

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Bill George (labor activist)

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Bill George (labor activist)

William M. "Bill" George is an American labor union activist and political leader who served as President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO from 1990 to 2010. Early professional career George, originally a steel mill worker, began his career in union activism in 1960, when he joined the United Steelworkers of America Local 1211 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.[1] In 1971, he was appointed to the International Staff of the USWA District 20.[1] In 1985, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the United Steelworkers Legislative Committee of Pennsylvania, where he was in charge of the legislative and education program.[1] Union leadership George with Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper in 2008. In 1990, he was elected President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.[1] In that position, he is "unquestionably PA's top labor leader".[2] His election was a contentious one, with hundreds of construction workers who supported George's opponent, Vice Chair Robert McIntyre, leaving the convention hall in protest prior to the vote. At issue

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Gina Genovese

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Gina Genovese

Gina Rose Genovese (born April 30, 1959) is an American businesswoman, former professional tennis player and politician from New Jersey. In 2006, Genovese become the first Democratic Party mayor in Long Hill Township's history and the first openly gay mayor in the state of New Jersey.[2] She was an Independent candidate in the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election.[3] Early life and education Genovese was born on April 30, 1959 in Newark and raised in Union Township, Union County, New Jersey. At age 12, Genovese moved to Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. She graduated from Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey in 1977.[4] Professional tennis career Genovese joined the Women's Tennis Association circuit in 1980. After attaining a world ranking of 150, she was forced to retire in 1981 due to injury. In 1983, Genovese opened Gina's Tennis World in Berkeley Heights. She has coached over 25 nationally ranked players and continues to own and operate the club.[4] Political career Mayoral term and 2007 state sena

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Bob Gable

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Bob Gable

Robert Elledy Gable (born February 20, 1934) is an American businessman from Frankfort, who was the Kentucky Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1975. Gable lost to the incumbent Democrat Governor Julian Carroll. Carroll received 470,159 votes (62.8 percent) to Gable's 277,998 (37.2 percent). In 1995, Gable again sought the governor's office but lost by a large margin in the Republican primary. With Shirley W. Palmer-Ball, his 1975 running mate reprising that role, Gable lost the primary with 17,054 votes (14.5 percent) to Larry Forgy and Tom Handy's 97,099 votes (82.4 percent). Forgy, as the Republican nominee, was then defeated in the general election by the popular Democrat choice, Paul E. Patton. Gable formerly resided in Stearns in McCreary County in south Kentucky. Gable is the great-grandson of Justus S. Stearns, founder and owner of Stearns Coal & Lumber Company.[4] He, along with his wife, Emily T. Gable, and family, moved in 1968 to serve as Parks Commissioner in the administration of Governo

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Ron Gettelfinger

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Ron Gettelfinger

Ronald A. Gettelfinger was the president of the United Auto Workers from 2002 to 2010. Gettelfinger started his union involvement in 1964 in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Louisville Assembly Plant run by Ford Motor Company while working as a chassis line repairman. The workers at Ford's Louisville Assembly plant elected Gettelfinger to represent them as committeeperson, bargaining chair and president. He was elected president of local union 862 in 1984. In 1987, he became a member of the Ford-UAW bargaining committee. Afterwards, he held other positions: director of UAW Region 3 and the UAW chaplaincy program. For six years he served as the elected director of UAW Region 3, which represents UAW members in Indiana and Kentucky, before being elected a UAW vice president in 1998. Gettelfinger was elected to his first term as president of the UAW at the 33rd Convention in 2002. He was elected to a second term on June 14, 2006, at the UAW's 34th Convention in Las Vegas. On March 19, 2009, Gettelfinger announced h

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Patrick B. Gillespie

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Patrick B. Gillespie

Patrick B. Gillespie (born November 23, 1945) is an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 162nd district from 1975 to 1976. Early life and education Gillespie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from St. Thomas More High School in 1963 and attended St. Joseph College of Industrial Relations.[1] Career He was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 162nd district and served from 1975 to 1976.[2] References "PATRICK B. GILLESPIE". www.legis.state.pa.us. Retrieved 13 December 2018. Cox, Harold. "House Members G". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

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Bethaida González

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Bethaida González

Bethaida Carmen "Bea" Gonzalez is a Latina politician and university administrator in Syracuse, New York. She was the first Latina elected to the Syracuse School Board (1991) and Common Council (2001), and was a candidate for mayor of Syracuse, New York in 2009. Childhood and education Bea González was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico in 1954 but moved with her family to central New York when she was three years old. Her migrant farmworker parents moved frequently (González estimates that she attended thirteen elementary schools), but by the time she reached middle school, González’s father had found work in construction and the family settled permanently in Syracuse. The first member of her family to receive a high school diploma, Gonzalez received her B.A. in political science and Latin American studies from Binghamton University and an MPA from Syracuse University. In 1984, González began working for Syracuse University as an academic advisor; since then, she has held various positions in the university’s admi

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Rick Gray (Pennsylvania politician)

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Rick Gray (Pennsylvania politician)

J. Richard Gray[2] is a lawyer and politician, who was mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 2006 until 2018. Personal life Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania his father's profession took his family to Harrisburg at a young age, where he attended school and graduated high school. His father worked for a telephone company, and his mother was an elementary school teacher. He attended American University and then Dickinson School of Law where he served as President of the Student Body.[1] Professional career Gray started his law career in 1969 as a VISTA attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1972 he became director of Legal Services for Central Pennsylvania. In 1976 he went into private practice on Duke Street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[3] In July 2004, Gray was a highly regarded Defense attorney, and had formed an exploratory committee for his run for Mayor.[4] He officially announced his candidacy on the front steps of his home on 12 February 2005, citing the city's risi

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Guy Guzzone

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Guy Guzzone

Guy J. Guzzone (born March 27, 1964) is an American politician who represents District 13 in the Maryland State Senate. He was sworn into the State Senate on January 14, 2015, where he serves as a member of the Budget and Taxation Committee, as well as the Senate Chair of the Howard County Delegation. He is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates and former chairman of the Howard County Council. Background Senator Guzzone was born in Baltimore, Maryland, March 27, 1964. He attended Parkville High School in Baltimore County and graduated from the University of Maryland with two B.A.s, one in economics and the other in government & politics in 1986. He later earned a M.P.M. in public management in 1988.[1] Public Service Guzzone currently serves as the State Senator representing District 13. He is a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, Health & Human Services Subcommittee, Pensions Subcommittee, and Senate Chairman of the Joint Audit Committee. Previously, Guzzone was ele

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Franco Harris

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Franco Harris

Franco Harris (born March 7, 1950) is a former American football running back[1] who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. He was picked by the Steelers in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft, the 13th selection overall. He played his first 12 years in the NFL with the Steelers; his 13th and final year was spent with the Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.[2] Early life Harris was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey. His African-American father served in World War II; his mother was a "war bride" from Italy.[3] Harris graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey in 1968[4] and then attended Penn State University. While playing for Penn State's Nittany Lions, Harris served primarily as a blocker for the All-American running back Lydell Mitchell, though he amassed 2,002 yards rushing with 24 touchdowns and averaged over 5 yards per carry, while also catching 28 passes

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Debbie Halvorson

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Debbie Halvorson

Deborah L. Halvorson (born March 1, 1958) served as the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 11th congressional district, serving from 2009 until 2011. Previously, she served in the Illinois Senate from 1997 through 2009. She is a member of the Democratic Party. In September 2011, she filed to run in the newly redistricted 2nd congressional district but was defeated in the Democratic primary by the incumbent, Jesse Jackson, Jr.[1] Early life, education, and early career Halvorson grew up in Steger, Illinois and graduated from Bloom High School. She and her husband Jim Bush live in Crete and have four children and four grandchildren.[2] She worked 13 years as a cosmetics saleswoman for Mary Kay before entering public service.[3] She has degrees from Robert Morris College, Prairie State College and Governors State University (Bachelor of Arts and Master's in Communication). She became a sales representative, Crete Township Clerk, and an educator at the Governors State University.[4] Illinois Senate (1997–2009)

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Talmadge L. Heflin

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Talmadge L. Heflin

Talmadge Loraine Heflin (born January 16, 1940)[1] is a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 149 in Harris County. His service extended for eleven terms[2] from 1983 to 2005. Heflin is the current director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a free-market think tank based in the capital city of Austin.[2] Background Heflin was born in rural Shongaloo, Louisiana north of Minden, the parish seat of Webster Parish. The youngest of Sam C. Heflin and Lucille Lee Heflin's three children, he has two older sisters living in Louisiana, Patsy H. McManus of Atlanta and Marie H. Hamby of Shreveport. Their parents are interred at Cotton Valley Cemetery in Cotton Valley, also in Webster Parish.[3] In 1959, Heflin wed the former Janice Johnson (born c. 1941).[1] The couple has a son and daughter-in-law, Gordon and Rebecca Heflin, and two granddaughters, Shawna and Kristy, all of Houston. Talmadge and Janice Heflin reside in Driftwood in Hays Count

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