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December 17th, 2008
03:17 PM ET

Family ties a common thread in the Senate

Patricia Murphy
Citizen Jane Politics

  • Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), daughter of “Moon” Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (D-AK), daughter of former Senator Frank Murkowski, who appointed her to the Senate seat when he became governor of Alaska
  • Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), son of former U.S. Senator Thomas Joseph Dodd
  • Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) descends from Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, as well as a senators from Rhode Island and Arkansas
  • Sen. John Sununu (R-NH), son of former governor of New Hampshire, John Sununu
  • Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), son of former Pennsylvania governor, Bob Casey
  • Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), wife of former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole
  • Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), wife of former President Bill Clinton
  • Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), son of former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh
  • Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), son of former U.S. Senator David Pryor
  • Sen. Olympia Snowe, ran for her husband’s seat in the Maine House when he was killed in a car accident. She later married the then-governor of Maine, Jock McKernan, whom she knew when they both served as members of the U.S. House.

Beyond the Senate, modern American politics is full of the children and relatives of famous people with famous names- Roosevelt, Bush, Udall and Romney to name just a few.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Diane N.

    Are we turning into a monarchy?

    December 17, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Not exactly a gang of over-achievers.

    December 17, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Further back in history John Quincy Adams served as President in the 1820s – he was the son of John Adams, the 2nd President of our nation and one of the framers of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. In the early to mid 1900s there were 2 Roosevelts – Teddy and Franklin – cousins. And Robert Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, served in the short term administration of James Garfield; Robert Lincoln saw Garfield gunned down like his father was. Lots of family ties – some more notable than others.

    December 17, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  4. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    We are the only country in the world that insists on creating its own heroes. This is just another example of surface flash with no substance.

    December 17, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  5. Melissa, Los Angeles

    What do the two comments from Bisham and JLP have to do with the blog about family members in the senate?

    December 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  6. JC-Los Angeles

    Judging from the horrid examples set forth by endless leaders, executives and politicians, it's pretty safe to say that the connected few lack the experience and skill sets to lead.

    So many of the hacks that have contributed to the fall of our once proud nation, come from privilege, come from money, marry into it or get mainlined into poistions of power through connections.

    If this storied group of failures had to live their lives based solely on results, our nation would not be in it's current pathetic state and their actions would most likely be far more prudent.

    December 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |