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Carolyn Goodman (politician)

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Carolyn Goodman (politician)

Carolyn Goodman (née Goldmark; born March 25, 1939[1])) is an American politician. She has been the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada since 2011.[2] She is the second female mayor of Las Vegas, after Jan Laverty Jones, and the wife of former mayor and attorney Oscar Goodman.[2] Due to the changes in the law regarding all elections statewide by the Nevada Legislature and Governor Steve Sisolak (a Democrat), Goodman is not eligible to run for re-election in 2024 due to term limits effectively extending her mayoral term to 5 years.[3][4] Education Goodman earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 1961.[5] Carolyn and Oscar Goodman moved to Las Vegas from Philadelphia in 1964.[6] She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1973 with a master's degree in counseling.[7] Career Goodman is the founder, president and trustee emeritus of The Meadows School.[8] Goodman and her husband moved to Las Vegas in 1964 and soon became active in the local Jewish federation.[9] Eventually, Ca

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Angela Giron

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Angela Giron

Angela Giron (born May 12, 1960) is an American politician who was a Democratic member of the Colorado Senate representing District 3 from 2011 until she was recalled on September 10, 2013, by groups opposed to her gun control legislation.[1] Giron is the second ever Colorado legislator to be successfully recalled in the state's history.[2] Early career Senator Giron was appointed to the Colorado State Senate (from District 3) in August, 2010. She replaced Senator Abel Tapia, who resigned to become the director of the Colorado Lottery. She was re-elected later in 2010 and in 2012. At the time of her appointment, District 3 encompassed 89% of Pueblo County and included most of the City of Pueblo, Pueblo West and Beulah. Prior to her Senate career, Giron worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo, helping greatly expand and develop the organization.[3] She also served as a congressional aide to U.S. Senators Ken Salazar and Michael Bennet.[4] 2013 recall On June 10, 2013, some constituents of Giron tu

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Oscar Goodman

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Oscar Goodman

Oscar Baylin Goodman (born July 26, 1939) is an American attorney and politician. He was the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1999 to 2011. His wife, Carolyn Goodman, succeeded him as mayor in 2011. Goodman is an Independent.[1] Biography Goodman was born and raised in a Jewish family in Philadelphia. After attending Central High School[2] for a time, he graduated from The Haverford School,[3] Haverford College and received his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He and his wife Carolyn have four children. During his career as a defense attorney he represented defendants accused of being some of the leading organized crime figures in Las Vegas, such as Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, Herbert "Fat Herbie" Blitzstein, Phil Leonetti, former Stardust Casino boss Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal, and Jamiel "Jimmy" Chagra, a 1970s drug trafficker who was acquitted of ordering the murder of Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr. One of his notorious clients was reputed Chicago mobster Anthony "Tony the Ant" S

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Al Green (politician)

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Al Green (politician)

Alexander N. Green[1] (born September 1, 1947) is an American lawyer and politician. Green has served in Congress as the Representative for Texas's 9th congressional district since 2005. The 9th District includes most of southwestern Houston, part of Fort Bend County and most of Missouri City. Green is a member of the Democratic Party. Early life and early career Green was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Florida A&M University and Tuskegee University. He received a Juris Doctor degree, in 1974 from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[2] After law school, Green co-founded the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry, and Fitch. He remained in Houston and currently lives in the community of Alief. In 1978, Green was elected justice of the peace in Harris County, Texas. He held this position for 26 years before retiring in 2004.[3] He also served as president of the Houston NAACP. During his tenure, he increased Houston NAAC

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Fred Guttenberg

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Fred Guttenberg

Fred Guttenberg (born December 24, 1965) is an American activist against gun violence. His 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg[1] was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018. His son, also a student at the school, ran from the shooting to meet him at a nearby store.[2] He learned about his daughter's death from a friend who is a Coral Springs SWAT officer.[3] Jessica McBride, for the website Heavy described him as "one of the strongest voices for changes to gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting."[4] Activism The day after the shooting, Guttenberg spoke out for gun control, stating "Don't tell me there's no such thing as gun violence. It happened in Parkland".[5] Before the nationally televised CNN town hall he criticized the President for not saying guns are a problem in a White House listening session, saying "My daughter was hunted last week" and "'I am enraged".[6][7] During the CNN town hall he confronted Florida Senator Marco Rubio for his position on guns.[8][9]

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Raúl Grijalva

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Raúl Grijalva

Raúl Manuel Grijalva (born February 19, 1948) is an American politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 7th District from 2003 to 2013, includes the western third of Tucson, part of Yuma and Nogales, and some peripheral parts of metro Phoenix. He is the current dean of Arizona's congressional delegation. Early life, education and career Raúl Grijalva's father was a migrant worker from Mexico who entered the United States in 1945 through the Bracero Program and labored on southern Arizona ranches.[1] Grijalva was born on Canoa Ranch, 30 miles south of Tucson.[2] Grijalva graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1967. He is a 2004 inductee to the Sunnyside High School Alumni Hall of Fame. He attended the University of Arizona and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology. In addition, he was an Arizona leader of the Raza Unida Party. According to the standard history of the p

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Dan Gross (activist)

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Dan Gross (activist)

Dan Gross is the former President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. He was appointed to this position on February 28, 2012, subsequent to the Brady Campaign's merger with The Center to Prevent Youth Violence.[1][2] This position ended in 2017. Early life Dan previously co-founded and directed the Center to Prevent Youth Violence (CPYV) (formerly known as PAX).[3] He became an activist on the issue of gun violence when his brother was shot and severely wounded in the 1997 Empire State Building shooting.[4] Prior to his activism on gun violence, Dan was a partner at JWT Advertising Agency in New York City. There he managed accounts such as Kodak, Lipton and Warner Lambert. Dan graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Economics. Activism The Brady Campaign was named after Sarah and Jim Brady. They worked through the late 1980s and early 1990s to institute the system of background checks in the United States. As the President of the

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Devorah Halberstam

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Devorah Halberstam

Devorah Halberstam is an American political activist who rose to prominence following the murder of her son Ari in 1994. This has led to recognition and prominence deemed unusual for a Hasidic woman.[1] Several years after the FBI's re-classification of the shooting from an act of road rage to an act of terrorism, Halberstam was awarded with the FBI’s New York Division’s Director’s Community Leadership Award in 2009.[2] Former Governor George Pataki cited the Halberstam's efforts in his quest to have the death penalty restored.[3] She, together with Governor George Pataki and other officials, was instrumental in enacting the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, the first of its kind in New York State.[4] Halberstam is the mother of 5 children, 2 daughters and 3 sons, of whom Ari was Halberstam's eldest child.[5][6] Halberstam is one of the founders of the Jewish Children's Museum, which was dedicated in the memory of her son.[7][8] Halberstam, the Museum's director of External Affairs who promoter tolerance by educa

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Melissa Joan Hart

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Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress, producer and director. She had starring roles as the titular characters in the sitcoms Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996–2003), and Melissa & Joey (2010–2015). She has also appeared in films Drive Me Crazy (1999), Nine Dead (2009) and God's Not Dead 2 (2016). Early life Hart was born in Smithtown, New York, the first child of Paula Voje, a producer and talent manager, and William Hart, a carpenter, shellfish purveyor, oyster hatchery worker, and entrepreneur.[1][2] Her maternal grandfather, Stanley John Voje, was a Navy veteran and Catholic.[3] Hart grew up in Sayville, New York. Hart's parents had four other children after Melissa: Trisha, Elizabeth, Brian, and Emily, who are all in acting. Her parents divorced in the early 1990s, and she moved with her mother and siblings to New York City. In 1994, her mother married television executive Leslie Gilliams, who is best known for his appearance on season

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Paul Helmke

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Paul Helmke

Walter Paul Helmke, Jr. (born 1948) is an American politician, and the former president of the Washington, DC-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.[1] He held this position from July 2006 to July 10, 2011.[2][3] He is a former mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana and a former president of The United States Conference of Mayors. Education Helmke is a graduate of Fort Wayne's North Side High School, Indiana University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and president of the student government in 1969–70,[4] and of the Yale Law School. While at Indiana University, where he majored in political science, he was elected president of the student body. Helmke attended Yale at the same time as former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was an acquaintance of each.[2] Political career Helmke defeated Democratic incumbent Mayor Winfield C. Moses, Jr. in 1987. Helmke won re-election in 1991 and 1995. He did not seek re-election in 1999.[2] In 1980, Helmke ran in the R

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Mufi Hannemann

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Mufi Hannemann

Muliufi Francis Hannemann (born July 16, 1954) is an American politician, businessman, and non-profit executive. He was elected twice as Mayor of Honolulu in 2004 and 2008. Hannemann has served as a special assistant in Washington, D.C., with the Department of the Interior, where he was selected for a White House fellowship in the Reagan administration under Vice President George H. W. Bush. He also served as chairman of the Honolulu City Council. He is the first person of Samoan descent and the second member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as Mayor of Honolulu (Neal S. Blaisdell was the first). Early life, education, and academic career Muliufi Francis Hannemann was raised in the Honolulu community of Kalihi by his German-Samoan father, Gustav Arthur Tafu Tupulo Hannemann III, and Samoan mother, Faiaso Soli'ai, whose grandfather High Chief Muliufi Soliai was one of the original signatories to the deed of cession that transformed Eastern Samoa and the Manua Islands into the US Te

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David Hemenway

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David Hemenway

David Hemenway (born 1945)[1] is Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has a B.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1974) from Harvard University in economics. He is the director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center. He is also currently a James Marsh Visiting Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont.[2] Hemenway has written over 130 articles and five books in the fields of economics and public health. Research Hemenway began his research in the field of injury prevention in the 1960s, when he helped investigate product safety for Ralph Nader as one of "Nader's Raiders". Since then, he has become well known for studying gun violence and how it can be prevented.[3] Books His most recent book is While We Were Sleeping: Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention (2009). Private Guns, Public Health (2006) describes the public health approach to reducing firearm violence, and summarizes scientific research on firearms and h

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Al Hoffman Jr.

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Al Hoffman Jr.

Al Hoffman Jr. is an American businessman and politician. He is real estate developer and a former Ambassador to Portugal. Early life Hoffman was raised on the south side of Chicago, the youngest of seven children. His father, a Jewish Austrian, emigrated to the United States in 1906 and opened a poultry store, while his mother was a Scottish-American immigrant who grew up in Kentucky. Hoffman graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy in 1952, and was accepted to the United States Military Academy that same year. He became a captain in the Air Force, where Hoffman flew F-100s. Instead of continuing his career in the air force, Hoffman attended Harvard Business School, where he became interested in real estate development.[2] Career After leaving Harvard, Hoffman got a job for KB Homes, a developer in Detroit, Michigan.[2] Hoffman rose to the rank of executive vice president.[2] In 1967, Hoffman founded his own firm, Tekton Corp, which he sold to another company in 1970.[2] In 1975, Hoffman founded anoth

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David Hogg (activist)

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David Hogg (activist)

David Miles Hogg (born April 12, 2000)[1] is an American gun control activist and student who survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018.[2][3][4][5] He is a founding member of Never Again MSD, an advocacy group led by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) students.[6] He has helped lead several high-profile protests, marches, and boycotts. He has also been a target and scapegoat of several conspiracy theories and right-wing accusations.[7][8] With his sister Lauren, he wrote a book titled #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line that made the New York Times bestseller list.[9] They pledged to donate all income from the book to charity.[10] As of September 2019, Hogg is a student at Harvard University.[11][12] Early life and education Before attending Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Hogg lived in Los Angeles, California.[13] He is the son of Kevin Hogg, a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,[14][15] and Rebecca Boldrick, a teacher for Broward Coun

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Jim Himes

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Jim Himes

James Andrew Himes (born July 5, 1966) is an American businessman and U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 4th congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party and former Chair of the New Democrat Coalition.[1][2] The district includes most of the southwestern corner of the state and is largely coextensive with the Connecticut side of the New York metropolitan area. It incorporates portions of Fairfield and New Haven counties, including the cities of Bridgeport, Fairfield and Stamford. Early life and education Himes was born July 5, 1966 in Lima, Peru,[3] to American parents, where his father worked for the Ford Foundation.[4] His father, James R. Himes, also worked for UNICEF,[5] being the director of the UNICEF Innocenti Center, a research institute on child development in Florence, Italy. His mother, Judith A. Himes, was, until recent years, the director of board activities for the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in Trenton.[6] He spent his early childhood in Lim

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Evie Hudak

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Evie Hudak

Evanne "Evie" R Hudak (born June 10, 1951 in New York City) is a former state legislator in the Colorado State Senate, and a member of the Democratic Party. Elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2008, Hudak represented Senate District 19, which encompasses Arvada and Westminster, Colorado.[3] She resigned from the Colorado Senate on November 27, 2013 when facing a vote to recall her from office.[2] Early life and career Hudak was born in Brooklyn, New York. She went to New York State University at Stony Brook and graduated with a B.A. in the Arts. Hudak was a high school and college teacher for around 20 years. She served for several years as the state director of the School Readiness Quality Improvement Program in the Colorado Department of Human Services. Political career In 2000, Hudak was elected to the State Board of Education, representing the 2nd Congressional District, where she served for 8 years. 2008 election Hudak had no opposition in the August Democratic primary,[4] but faced Republica

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William J. Hughes

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William J. Hughes

William John Hughes (October 17, 1932 – October 30, 2019) was an American politician and diplomat who served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1995, representing New Jersey's Second Congressional District which includes major portions of the Jersey Shore and Pine Barrens, the cities of Vineland and Atlantic City, and the counties of Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic, Cape May and part of Gloucester. After retiring from Congress in 1995, Hughes was appointed by President Bill Clinton as United States Ambassador to Panama, a post he held until October, 1998 leading up to the historic turnover of the Panama Canal to Panamanian control.[1] During his tenure in Congress, Hughes was a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Crime (1981–1990) and the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration (1991–1994). Hughes also served on the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, which had jurisdiction over numerous issues

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Movita Johnson-Harrell

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Movita Johnson-Harrell

Movita Johnson-Harrell (born April 21, 1966) is an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 190th district from March to December 2019.[3][4] She resigned after pleading guilty to various criminal acts related to a charity she worked for. She was sentenced to 3 months in jail followed by 8.5 months on house arrest, 11 months on parole, and 2 years probation. She is the first female Muslim member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[5] Early life and career Johnson-Harrell was raised in poverty in a family that suffered from generations of substance abuse. She received support from welfare and lived in public housing.[6] She earned an associate's degree in behavioral health in 1999. She also earned a bachelor's degree in applied science in 2002 and a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.[7] Johnson-Harrell worked as supervisor of victim services for the Philadelphia District Att

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Eddie T. Johnson

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Eddie T. Johnson

Eddie T. Johnson is a former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.[2][3][4] Career Patrolman Johnson began his career in the Chicago Police Department in 1988 as a patrol officer. He was appointed Commander of the 6th CPD District in 2008, and CPD Chief of Patrol in 2012. Interim Superintendent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel endured controversy when appointing Johnson as his interim superintendent in 2016 considering Johnson was not one of the three finalists selected by the Chicago Police Board. Johnson did not apply for the job out of respect for Deputy Interim Superintendent John Escalante.[1][5][6][7] Emanuel named Johnson as the Interim Police Chief on March 28, 2016.[8][1] Superintendent On April 13, 2016, a day after the Chicago City Council Public Safety Committee bypassed the Chicago Police Board with a fast-track vote,[9] Johnson was officially sworn in as Chicago Police Superintendent after his nomination was approved unanimously by the Chicago City Council[10][11] in a 50-0 vote.[10][

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Letitia James

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Letitia James

Letitia Ann James (born October 18, 1958) is an American lawyer, activist and politician. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and is the Attorney General of New York having won the 2018 election to succeed appointed attorney general Barbara Underwood. She is the first African-American and first woman to be elected to the position.[1] James previously served for a decade as a member of the New York City Council, the first black woman to hold citywide office. She represented the 35th Council District, which includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. James chaired the Economic Development and Sanitation Committees, and served on several other committees. She was later elected the New York City Public Advocate in 2013. Born and raised in Brooklyn, James obtained her J.D. degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C., after graduating from Lehman College in The Bronx. She worked as a public defender then was on staff

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Scott Israel

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Scott Israel

Scott Israel is a former law enforcement officer who served as the 16th Sheriff of Broward County, Florida, from 2013 until his suspension on January 11, 2019, by an executive order signed by new Governor Ron DeSantis.[1][2][3] He has been a public advocate for more stringent background checks, and has condemned what he called a lack of adequate gun control measures in Florida and in the United States in general. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting occurred in his jurisdiction in February 2018 while he was Sheriff, and his department and deputies were criticized. In October 2019, the Senate of Florida voted to confirm Israel's suspension from the position of Broward Sheriff.[4][5][6] Career Israel was born to a Jewish family in New York and raised in The Bronx and Long Island and is the son of a homicide detective. He studied political science at SUNY Cortland.[7] He became a patrol officer for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in 1979.[8] In the 1980s he was investigated for 10 inciden

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Amar Kaleka

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Amar Kaleka

Amardeep Singh Kaleka (born 12 July 1978) is an Indian-American film director who won a regional Emmy Award for his direction of the short film Jacob's Turn in 2010 and another one for Esperanza (2014). Following his father's death in the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting in 2012, Kaleka became involved in politics, supporting gun control, progressive economic reform, and the peace agenda. During the summer of 2014, he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the United States House of Representatives in Wisconsin's 1st congressional district, losing to Rob Zerban.[1] Biography Kaleka was born in Patiala, Punjab. His family came to the United States when he was a child.[2] In 1982, as dangerous tension began to mount in the area over the Khalistan movement, Amar's father, Satwant Singh Kaleka, decided to leave the country with his wife, Satpal, and their two young sons, Pardeep and Amardeep. In 1982, at age 4, Kaleka and his family moved to Germantown, Wisconsin, to live with their paternal uncle, Dr.

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Lyndon B. Johnson

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Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to by his initials LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th president of the United States from 1963 to 1969. Formerly the 37th vice president from 1961 to 1963, he assumed the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A Democrat from Texas, Johnson also served as a United States Representative and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate. Johnson is one of only four people who have served in all four federal elected positions.[b] Born in a farmhouse in Stonewall, Texas, Johnson was a high school teacher and worked as a congressional aide before winning election to the US House of Representatives in 1937. Johnson won election to the United States Senate from Texas in 1948 after winning the Democratic Party's nomination by an extremely narrow margin that was manufactured by friendly political machines.[2] He was appointed to the position of Senate Majority Whip in 1951. He became the S

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Jan Laverty Jones

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Jan Laverty Jones

Jan Laverty Jones (born Janis Lyle Laverty, later Blackhurst; March 16, 1949) is an American businesswoman and politician. She was mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1991 to 1999 and the first woman to serve as mayor of Las Vegas. Jones is a member of the Democratic Party. Biography Jones was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Stanford University in 1971. She became a recognized figure in Las Vegas in the 1980s, appearing as a spokeswoman in television commercials for her family's supermarket chain, Thriftimart, and later a car dealership owned by her then-husband, Fletcher Jones Jr. In 1990, she ran for mayor; she was elected, and served two terms. Jones ran for Nevada governor twice, losing significantly in the Democratic primary to then-incumbent Bob Miller in 1994, and losing the general election in 1998 to Kenny Guinn. In 1999, she chose not to run for a third term as mayor. Jones is currently senior vice president of communications and government affairs[1] with Las Vegas-based Caesars

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David Kairys

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David Kairys

David Kairys (born April 16, 1943, in Baltimore, Maryland)[1] is Professor of Law at Temple University School of Law.[2][3] He is the first James E. Beasley Chair (2001–07). Kairys is a civil rights lawyer. He authored Philadelphia Freedom, Memoir of a Civil Rights Lawyer and With Liberty and Justice for Some. He is a gun control proponent.[3][4][5] Kairys earned a B.S. from Cornell University (1965), an LL.B. from Columbia Law School (1968), and an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1971).[6] He specializes in constitutional law and civil rights law.[2] He was a founding partner and is of counsel to Kairys, Rudovsky, Epstein, Messing & Rau.[7] Among his awards are the Alliance for Justice honor list for 2008, the Association of American Law Schools 2007 Deborah Rhode Award for extraordinary contribution to public interest by a law professor, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania's Civil Liberties Award, the Poor Richard Club of Philadelphia Pro Bono Award, the Freil-Sc

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Jason Kander

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Jason Kander

Jason David Kander (born May 4, 1981)[1] is an American attorney, author, veteran, and politician. A Democrat, he served as the 39th Secretary of State of Missouri, from 2013 to 2017. He had previously served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2009 to 2013. Before entering politics, he was an intelligence officer in the Army National Guard, achieving the rank of captain. He was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate for Missouri in 2016, narrowly losing the election to Republican incumbent Roy Blunt.[2] After the Senate election, Kander founded an organization called Let America Vote, a campaign dedicated to ending voter suppression.[3] He declared himself a candidate in the 2019 Kansas City mayoral election, but dropped out on October 2, 2018, after revealing that he suffered from PTSD and depression.[4] Early life and education Kander was born on May 4, 1981 in Overland Park, Kansas,[5] the son of Janet (née Secor), a juvenile probation officer, and Steve Kander, a pol

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Ann Kirkpatrick

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Ann Kirkpatrick

Ann Leila Kirkpatrick (born March 24, 1950)[1][2] is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Arizona's 2nd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously represented Arizona's 1st congressional district from 2009 to 2011 and again from 2013 to 2017. She is also a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives (2005–2007). Kirkpatrick was defeated in the 2010 midterm election but regained her old seat in a close race in 2012.[3] She retained her seat by winning in 2014. Kirkpatrick lost her U.S. Senate bid to incumbent Republican John McCain in the 2016 election. She was the Democratic nominee for Arizona's 2nd congressional district in the 2018 election, a race that she won by more than 9 points. She announced an indefinite leave of absence on January 15, 2020, in order to get treatment for alcoholism.[4] She returned to work on February 25th, 2020, after almost exactly seven weeks to the day. [5] Early life and early political career Kirkp

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Ted Kennedy

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Ted Kennedy

Edward Moore Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, from 1962 until his death in 2009. A member of the Democratic Party and the Kennedy political family, he was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and is the third-longest-continuously-serving senator in United States history. Kennedy was a brother of President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy—both victims of assassination—and was the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy. After attending Harvard University and receiving his law degree from the University of Virginia, he began his career as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Kennedy was 30 years old when he first entered the Senate following a November 1962 special election in Massachusetts to fill the vacant seat previously held by his brother John, who had taken office as the president. He was elected to a ful

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Carl Levin

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Carl Levin

Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is an American attorney and retired politician who served as a United States Senator from Michigan from 1979 to 2015. He was the chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and is a member of the Democratic Party. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Levin is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School. He worked as the General Counsel of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from 1964 to 1967, and as a special assistant attorney general for the Michigan Attorney General's Office. Levin was elected to the Detroit City Council in 1968, serving from 1969 to 1977, and was president of the City Council from 1973 to 1977. In 1978, Levin ran for the United States Senate, defeating Republican incumbent Robert P. Griffin. Levin was re-elected in 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008. On March 7, 2013, Levin announced that he would not seek a seventh term to the Senate.[1] On March 9, 2015, Levin announced he was joining the Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Co

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Angus King

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Angus King

Angus Stanley King Jr. (born March 31, 1944) is an American politician and attorney serving as the junior United States Senator from Maine since 2013.[1] A political independent since 1993, he was the 72nd Governor of Maine from 1995 to 2003. King won Maine's 2012 Senate election to replace the retiring Republican Olympia Snowe and took office on January 3, 2013. He was reelected to a second term in 2018, following the state's inaugural instant-runoff voting elections. For committee assignment purposes, he caucuses with the Democratic Party. He is one of two independents currently serving in the Senate, the other being Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Early life and education King was born in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of Ellen Archer (née Ticer) and Angus Stanley King Sr., a lawyer.[1][2] He attended Dartmouth College, earning his B.A. in 1966. While a student at Dartmouth, King joined the Delta Upsilon social fraternity.[3] He then attended the University of Virginia School of Law, graduating in 1969. Ear

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C. Everett Koop

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C. Everett Koop

Charles Everett Koop (October 14, 1916 – February 25, 2013)[1][2] was an American pediatric surgeon and public health administrator. He was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps,[1] and served as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1989. According to the Associated Press, "Koop was the only surgeon general to become a household name."[3] Koop was known for his work on tobacco use, AIDS, and abortion, and for his support of the rights of disabled children. Early life and education Koop was born in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of John Everett Koop (1883–1972), a banker and descendant of 17th-century Dutch settlers, and Helen (née Apel) Koop (1894–1970).[4] In 1937, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in zoology degree from Dartmouth College,[5] where he was given the nickname "Chick" (occasionally used for his first name, Charles, but here an allusion to a chicken coop).[6] His interest in medicine followed a year in the hospital

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Victoria Reggie Kennedy

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Victoria Reggie Kennedy

Victoria Anne "Vicki" Kennedy (née Reggie; born February 26, 1954)[1] is an American lawyer. She was the second wife and widow of longtime U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, who was 22 years her senior. Early life and education The second of six children, Victoria Anne Reggie was born in Crowley in Acadia Parish in southwestern Louisiana. Her father, Edmund Reggie, was a Louisiana judge and banker; her mother, the former Doris Ann Boustany, was a Democratic National Committeewoman.[2][3] Reggie is of Lebanese descent, as all of her grandparents were Maronites from Lebanon, who immigrated to the United States and later settled to Louisiana.[4] Reggie's grandparents became important members of the local Roman Catholic church, and later their children became involved in business and politics.[4][5] Reggie's immediate family was wealthy because of money from her maternal family's interest in the Bunny Bread baking concern in New Orleans.[4][5] She was raised in a family that was constantly involved in politics and camp

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Frank Lautenberg

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Frank Lautenberg

Frank Raleigh Lautenberg (January 23, 1924 – June 3, 2013) was a businessman and American Democratic Party politician who served as United States Senator from New Jersey. He was originally from Paterson, New Jersey. Lautenberg was elected five terms as Senator. He first took office in December 1982 and served three terms, retiring from the Senate in 2001. Called upon to run again one year later due to circumstances surrounding his Senate colleague Robert Torricelli's re-election campaign, Lautenberg returned to the Senate in January 2003 and was elected to one additional term in 2008. He died during his second term and remains New Jersey's longest serving senator, with a total of 28 years, 5 months and 8 days in office. Before entering politics, he was an early partner in, and became the chairman and chief executive officer of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. In his early years, he served overseas in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1942 to 1946 as a part of the war effort, and after returning home his intere

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Cameron Kasky

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Cameron Kasky

Cameron Kasky (born November 11, 2000) is an American activist and advocate against gun violence who co-founded the student-led gun violence prevention advocacy group Never Again MSD. He is notable for helping to organize the March for Our Lives nationwide student protest in March 2018. Kasky is a survivor of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.[3] Early life and education Kasky was a student, a "theatre kid", and former member of the drama club at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida, and was a junior at the time of the school shooting in February 2018.[4][5][6] He has a younger brother with autism and a survivor of the MSD shooting.[7] He currently attends Columbia University.[8] Advocacy Kasky had just left drama class when the shooting began at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.[9] After meeting his younger brother at a different classroom and exiting the school, the fire alarm sounded. With ot

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Peter T. King

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Peter T. King

Peter Thomas King (born April 5, 1944) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for New York's 2nd congressional district since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, King is currently in his 14th term in Congress, having served since 1993. He represents a South Shore Long Island district that includes parts of Nassau County and Suffolk County and was previously numbered as the 3rd congressional district. King was formerly Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, where he drew attention in early 2011 for holding hearings on the extent of radicalization of American Muslims. He stepped down as Homeland Security Chairman because of Republican conference term limits, but remains a member of the Committee. On November 11, 2019, King announced he would not seek re-election in the 2020 elections and will retire after his current term expires.[2] King resigned from the Financial Services Committee on January 15, 2020. King previously served on the House Permanent Select Committee on In

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Jeffrey Katzenberg

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Jeffrey Katzenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950) is an American film producer and media proprietor. He became well known for his tenure as chairman of Walt Disney Studios from 1984 to 1994, during which the studio reinvigorated its live-action and animation divisions, as well as producing some of its biggest hits, including The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and The Lion King (1994). After departing Disney, he was a co-founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation, where he oversaw the production of such animated franchises as Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens and How to Train Your Dragon. He has since founded a new media and technology company called WndrCo and is the founder of Quibi, a short-form mobile video platform. Katzenberg has also been involved in politics. With his active support of Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama, he was called "one of Hollywood's premier political kingmakers and one of the Democratic Party's top national fundrais

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Mark Kelly

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Mark Kelly

Mark Edward Kelly (born February 21, 1964) is an American politician, engineer, former astronaut, and U.S. Navy captain. He also is an author, political activist, as well as aerospace executive and consultant. Kelly is the husband of former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords. A naval aviator, he flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He was selected to become a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996 and flew his first mission in 2001 as pilot of STS-108. He piloted STS-121 in 2006 and commanded STS-124 in 2008 and STS-134 in 2011. STS-134 was his final mission and the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour.[3] His wife was shot in an attempted assassination in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011, suffering serious injury to her brain. After the shooting, in which six people were killed, both Kelly and Giffords were thrust into the media spotlight.[4] His wife's shooting led to a broad national conversation ranging from the duties of a husband to what is acceptable civil discourse.[5] Kelly's identical twin,

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Joe Lombardo

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Joe Lombardo

Joseph Michael Lombardo (born November 8, 1962) is the 17th Sheriff of Clark County Nevada, elected January 5, 2015.[1][2][3][4] He is a member of the Republican Party.[5] Lombardo is also an active off-road racer in the SCORE International racing series. He currently drives a Spec Trophy Truck #251 with John Langley‘s race team (COPS racing team). History Lombardo became a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer in 1988, rising through the ranks, eventually becoming Assistant Sheriff in 2011. He appeared in two episodes of the television series Cops, once as an officer and another as a sergeant. On December 4, 2013, Lombardo announced his candidacy for Sheriff of Clark County.[6] On November 4, 2014, he won the election by a closer margin of 51% to 49% against former Democratic LVMPD Captain Larry Burns, who was endorsed by former Democratic Clark County Sheriff Jerry Keller and outgoing Democratic Nevada Attorney General (now U.S. Senator) Catherine Cortez Masto. Lombardo was endorsed by former

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Dannel Malloy

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Dannel Malloy

Dannel Patrick Malloy (born July 21, 1955) is an American politician, who served as the 88th governor of Connecticut from 2011 to 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he chaired the Democratic Governors Association from 2016 to 2017. On July 1, 2019, he began his tenure as the Chancellor of the University of Maine System. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Malloy is a graduate of Boston College Law School. Malloy began his career as an assistant district attorney in New York in 1980 before moving back to Stamford and entering private practice. He served on the Stamford board of finance from 1984 to 1994 before being elected Mayor of Stamford. He served four terms as mayor from December 1995 to December 2009. Malloy ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Connecticut in 2006, losing the Democratic primary to John DeStefano, Jr., the Mayor of New Haven, who was defeated in the general election by incumbent Republican Governor Jodi Rell. He ran again in 2010 and comfortably won the primary, defeating Ned Lamont, the

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Madonna (entertainer)

Madonna Louise Ciccone (, Italian: ; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, Madonna is known for pushing the boundaries of songwriting in popular music and for the visuals she uses onstage and in music videos. She has frequently reinvented her music and image while remaining completely in charge of every aspect of her career. Her diverse works, which incorporated social, political, sexual, and religious themes, have generated both critical acclaim and controversy. Madonna is often cited as an influence by other artists. Born and raised in Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City in 1978 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing as a drummer, guitarist, and vocalist in the rock bands Breakfast Club and Emmy, Madonna signed with Sire Records in 1982 and released her eponymous debut album the next year. She followed it with a series of successful albums, including global bestsellers Like a Virgin (1984) and True Blue (1

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Markiplier

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Markiplier

Mark Edward Fischbach[1] (born June 28, 1989),[2] known online as Markiplier, is an American YouTuber, gamer-commentator, actor, and comedian. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii,[3] he began his career in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently based in Los Angeles, California.[4] As of December 2019, his channel has 12.6 billion total video views and 25.1 million subscribers.[5][6][7][8] Fischbach specializes in Let's Play videos, commonly of survival horror video games.[9] Personal life Fischbach was born at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.[3] His father, who was of German descent, served in the U.S. military, where he met Fischbach's mother, who is of Korean descent.[4] After his birth, his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was raised.[4] He attended Milford High School where he was a member of the school's marching band, playing the trumpet.[10] He has an older brother, Jason Thomas Fischbach (known as Tom Fischbach) who is an artist and author of the webcomic Twokinds.[3][4][11]

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Lucy McBath

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Lucy McBath

Lucia Kay McBath (née Holman; born June 1, 1960) is an American gun control advocate and politician who is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Georgia's 6th congressional district. Her son, Jordan Davis, was murdered in November 2012. The district, formerly represented by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, includes many of Atlanta's affluent northern suburbs, such as Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and parts of Tucker and Marietta. A member of the Democratic Party, McBath defeated Republican incumbent Karen Handel in the November 2018 election. Early life and career McBath was born in Joliet, Illinois, U.S., on June 1, 1960.[1][2] Her father, Lucien Holman, was a dentist who owned The Black Voice, an African-American newspaper, and served as president of the NAACP's Illinois chapter. Her mother, Wilma, worked as a nurse. Lucy has a sister, Lori.[3] McBath attended Virginia State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science i

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Terry McAuliffe

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Terry McAuliffe

Terence Richard McAuliffe (born February 9, 1957) is an American politician and former entrepreneur who served as the 72nd Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018.[1] He was chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chair of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign and 1997 Presidential inauguration [2] and was chair of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. McAuliffe was previously an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2009 gubernatorial election. In the 2013 gubernatorial election, he ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis in the general election, collecting nearly 48% of the vote. Cuccinelli garnered 45.2% and Sarvis received 6.5%. [1] McAuliffe assumed office on January 11, 2014 and his term ended on January 13, 2018. Family and education McAuliffe was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, the son of Mildred Katherine (Lonergan) and Jack McAuliffe.[3][4] His father

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Thomas Menino

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Thomas Menino

Thomas Michael Menino (December 27, 1942 – October 30, 2014) was an American politician who served as the 53rd Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts from 1993 to 2014. He was the city's longest-serving mayor. Before becoming mayor, the Boston native was a member and President of the Boston City Council. Menino was President of the United States Conference of Mayors (2002–2003) and co-chair and co-founder with Michael Bloomberg of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In January 2014, he was appointed Professor of the Practice of Political Science at Boston University.[3] He also served as Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on Cities, an urban leadership research center based at Boston University.[4] Early life Menino was born on December 27, 1942, in Readville, a part of Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood. He was the son of Susan and Carl Menino, both of Italian descent. Menino's father was a factory foreman at Westinghouse Electric,[5] and his grandparents lived on the first floor of his parents' Hyde Park home.[6

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Carolyn McCarthy

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Carolyn McCarthy

Carolyn McCarthy (born January 5, 1944) is an American nurse and politician who served as the U.S. Representative for New York's 4th congressional district from 1997 to 2015. She is a Democrat. On January 8, 2014, she announced that she would not run for re-election that November, citing health; she retired in January 2015[1] and was replaced by fellow Democrat Kathleen Rice. Early life McCarthy, born Carolyn Cook in Brooklyn, was raised in Mineola, a suburban area on Long Island about twenty miles outside New York City. Her father was a boilermaker and her mother worked at Woolworth.[2] In her youth, she was an athlete and wanted to become a physical education teacher but found reading challenging and later was diagnosed with dyslexia. After caring for a boyfriend who was injured in a car accident, McCarthy decided to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse.[3] Later she married and she and her family lived in Mineola. On December 7, 1993, her husband, Dennis, was killed, and her son, Kevin, was severely inju

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