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  James Abdnor (1923-2012) — also known as Jim Abdnor; Ellis James Abdnor — of Kennebec, Lyman County, S.Dak. Born in Kennebec, Lyman County, S.Dak., February 13, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; rancher; school teacher; athletic coach; member of South Dakota state senate, 1957-68 (29th District 1957-66, 24th District 1967-68); President pro tempore of the South Dakota State Senate, 1965-66; Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 1969-71; U.S. Representative from South Dakota 2nd District, 1973-81; defeated in primary, 1970; U.S. Senator from South Dakota, 1981-87; defeated, 1986; administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, 1987-89. Methodist; later Lutheran. Lebanese ancestry. Member, American Legion; Elks; Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star; Shriners; Farmers Union; Grange; Sigma Chi; Izaak Walton League. Died, at Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.Dak., May 16, 2012 (age 89 years, 93 days). Interment at Kennebec Cemetery, Kennebec, S.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel J. (Abdelnour) Abdnor and Mary (Wehby) Abdnor (1894-1972).
  Cross-reference: John R. Thune
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James George Abourezk (b. 1931) — also known as James Abourezk — of Rapid City, Pennington County, S.Dak. Born in Wood, Mellette County, S.Dak., February 24, 1931. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict; lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1968; U.S. Representative from South Dakota 2nd District, 1971-73; U.S. Senator from South Dakota, 1973-79. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Abourezk and Lena Mickel Abourezk; married to Mary Ann Houlton and Sanaa Dieb; married 1982 to Margaret Bethea.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
Spencer Abraham Edward Spencer Abraham (b. 1952) — also known as Spencer Abraham — of East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich.; Auburn Hills, Oakland County, Mich. Born in East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., June 12, 1952. Republican. Lawyer; Michigan Republican state chair, 1983-90; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1984 (delegation chair), 1992 (alternate), 2000; deputy chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, 1990-91; U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1995-2001; defeated, 2000; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2000; U.S. Secretary of Energy, 2001-. Eastern Orthodox. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Federalist Society. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of Juliette Elizabeth Abraham (1918-1982) and Eddie Joseph Abraham.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  Juliette Elizabeth Abraham (1918-1982) — also known as Julie Abraham; Juliette Elizabeth Sear — of East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Spring Valley, Bureau County, Ill., September 14, 1918. Republican. Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1971-78; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1972, 1976. Female. Greek Orthodox. Arabic ancestry. Died in East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., January 25, 1982 (age 63 years, 133 days). Interment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing, Mich.
  Relatives: Daughter of Michael Sear and Mary (Habib) Sear; married 1946 to Eddie Joseph Abraham; mother of Edward Spencer Abraham (1952-).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Maad H. Abu-Ghazalah (b. 1962) — of Pacifica, San Mateo County, Calif. Born in Nablus, West Bank, June 1, 1962. Libertarian. Software consultant; candidate for U.S. Representative from California 12th District, 2002. Muslim. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2002.
  Gabriel A. Ackal (1915-2001) — of New Iberia, Iberia Parish, La. Born in Louisiana, July 6, 1915. Democrat. Chiropodist; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1956; member of Louisiana state senate, 1956-60. Syrian ancestry. Died January 2, 2001 (age 85 years, 180 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Antoine Ackal and Julia (Betar) Ackal.
  Louis Farris Adado (1929-1990) — also known as Louis F. Adado; Lou Adado — of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., September 5, 1929. Candidate for mayor of Lansing, Mich., 1985, 1989. Catholic. Lebanese ancestry. Died in Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., November 27, 1990 (age 61 years, 83 days). Interment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Kamil R. Adado and Alice (Rashiad) Adado.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George F. Addes (1910-1990) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; St. Clair Shores, Macomb County, Mich. Born in La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wis., August 26, 1910. Democrat. Automobile worker; secretary-treasurer of the United Automobile Workers union, 1936-47; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1944; tavern owner. Catholic. Lebanese ancestry. Member, United Auto Workers. Died, from heart failure, in Bon Secours Hospital, Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Mich., June 19, 1990 (age 79 years, 297 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1933 to Victoria Rose Joseph; married to Gloria Saba.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Ismael Ahmed — of Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996, 2000, 2004; member, Rules Committee, 2008; candidate for University of Michigan board of regents, 2002. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Mary Jane Akel — of Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala.; Harrison, Boone County, Ark. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1996; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 2000, 2004. Female. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Justin Amash (b. 1980) — of Cascade, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., April 18, 1980. Republican. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives 72nd District, 2009-10; U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 2011-; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2016. Greek Orthodox. Palestinian and Syrian ancestry. Still living as of 2016.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Victor George Atiyeh (1923-2014) — also known as Victor Atiyeh; Vic Atiyeh — of Washington County, Ore.; Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., February 20, 1923. Rug import business; member of Oregon state house of representatives, 1959-64; member of Oregon state senate, 1965-78; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1968, 1972, 1976; Governor of Oregon, 1979-87; defeated (Republican), 1974. Syrian ancestry. Died in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., July 20, 2014 (age 91 years, 150 days). Interment at River View Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
  Relatives: Son of George Atiyeh; married 1964 to Dolores Hewitt.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Alex Michael Azar (b. 1967) — also known as Alex Azar — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa., June 17, 1967. Republican. Lawyer; president of U.S. division, Eli Lily & Co. (pharmaceuticals), 2012-17; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2018-. Eastern Orthodox. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Son of Alex Azar and Lynda (Zarisky) Azar.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Steven A. Baddour — also known as Steve Baddour — of Methuen, Essex County, Mass. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state senate First Essex District, 2003-08. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  John Elias Baldacci (b. 1955) — also known as John E. Baldacci — of Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine. Born in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, January 30, 1955. Democrat. Member of Maine state senate, 1982-94; U.S. Representative from Maine 2nd District, 1995-2003; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1996 (delegation chair), 2000, 2004, 2008; Governor of Maine, 2003-11. Catholic. Italian and Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Rosemary Barkett (b. 1939) — of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla. Born in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, August 29, 1939. Catholic nun; school teacher; lawyer; circuit judge in Florida, 1979-84; justice of Florida state supreme court, 1985-94; chief justice of Florida state supreme court, 1992-94; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 1994-2013; retired 2013. Female. Catholic. Syrian ancestry. Inducted 1986 into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame. Still living as of 2014.
  See also federal judicial profile — NNDB dossier
  Benjamin Baroody — Democrat. Member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 2008. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  George N. Bashara, Sr. (1901-1980) — of Grosse Pointe Woods, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Hartford City, Blackford County, Ind., July 20, 1901. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1941, 1947, 1948 (primary), 1953, 1959; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1964; candidate for Michigan state senate 1st District, 1966. Eastern Orthodox. Lebanese ancestry. Died, in Bon Secours Hospital, Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Mich., September 12, 1980 (age 79 years, 54 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father of George N. Bashara, Jr. (1934-2002).
  George N. Bashara, Jr. (1934-2002) — of Grosse Pointe Woods, Wayne County, Mich.; Grosse Pointe Shores, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., July 7, 1934. Republican. Lawyer; probate judge in Michigan, 1969-72; Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals 1st District, 1973-82; appointed 1973; member of Wayne State University board of governors, 1985-92; defeated, 1992. Episcopalian. Arabic ancestry. Member, Delta Theta Phi; Freemasons; Shriners; Lions; NAACP; American Bar Association. Died in Grosse Pointe Shores, Wayne County, Mich., April 8, 2002 (age 67 years, 275 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George N. Bashara, Sr. (1901-1980); married to Suzanne Chappus (1934-2017).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Fay Baydoun — of Flint Township, Genesee County, Mich. Democrat. Supervisor of Flint Township, Michigan, 1990. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Norman A. Buzaid (1923-1998) — of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., March 26, 1923. Democrat. Member of Connecticut state senate, 1950; candidate for first selectman of Danbury, Connecticut, 1961; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1968. Lebanese and Italian ancestry. Died in Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., October 8, 1998 (age 75 years, 196 days). Interment at New St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Chicary Namy Buzaid (1899-1973) and Josephine (Gabriele) Buzaid (1901-1973).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Crady (b. 1931) — of Yulee, Nassau County, Fla. Born in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla., June 14, 1931. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives 12th District, 1977-. Methodist. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Phi Kappa Sigma; Lions; Moose. Still living as of 1999.
  Helen Abdallah Donohue — Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1990. Female. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Troy A. Eid — U.S. Attorney for Colorado, 2006-. Egyptian ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Relatives: Married to Allison Hartwell Eid (1965-).
  Barbara Farrah — Democrat. Member of Michigan state house of representatives, 2008. Female. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Joseph Harvey Farris (1922-1997) — also known as Joe H. Farris — of Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va. Born in Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va., April 14, 1922. Radio and television personality; sports announcer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Kanawha County, 1991-97; died in office 1997. Episcopalian. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Lions. Found dead in a hotel room probably from cardiac arrythmia, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., August 10, 1997 (age 75 years, 118 days). Interment at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, W.Va.
  Relatives: Married to Mary Lou Corey (sister-in-law of Mario J. Palumbo; aunt of Corey Palumbo (1972-)).
  Political family: Palumbo-Corey family of Charleston, West Virginia.
  E. Lee Francis (1913-2001) — of Cubera, Cibola County, N.M. Born in Seboyeta, Cibola County, N.M., March 16, 1913. Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, 1967-70. Catholic. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus; Farm Bureau; Rotary. Died in 2001 (age about 88 years). Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Albuquerque, N.M.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward M. Gabriel (b. 1950) — of Washington, D.C. Born in 1950. U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, 1997-. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 1999.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Hyleme Salem George (1912-2001) — also known as H. S. George; Hyleme Salem Shaheen — of Lebanon, Marion County, Ky. Born in Hamat, Lebanon, January 28, 1912. Democrat. Candidate for Kentucky state house of representatives 30th District, 1955; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1960, 1964 (alternate). Lebanese ancestry. Died December 23, 2001 (age 89 years, 329 days). Interment at St. Augustine's Cemetery, Lebanon, Ky.
  William M. George — also known as Bill George — of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. Democrat. President, Pennsylvania state AFL-CIO; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1992, 1996, 2000; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; member of Democratic National Committee from Pennsylvania, 2004-08. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Yousif B. Ghafari (b. 1952) — of Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Alma El-Chaab, Lebanon, September 27, 1952. Republican. Naturalized U.S. citizen; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2004; U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia, 2008-09. Christian. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Philip Charles Habib (1920-1992) — also known as Philip C. Habib — of California. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., February 25, 1920. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, 1971-74; helped negotiate the 1978 Camp David accords between Egypt and Israel. Lebanese ancestry. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1982. Died, of a heart attack, in Puligny-Montrachet, France, May 25, 1992 (age 72 years, 90 days). Interment at Veterans Cemetery, San Bruno, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Alexander Habib and Mary Spiridon Habib; married to Marjorie Slightam.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Abdul H. Haidous — also known as Al Haidous — of Wayne, Wayne County, Mich. Democrat. Mayor of Wayne, Mich., 2002-08. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Richard L. Hanna (b. 1951) — of Barneveld, Oneida County, N.Y. Born in Utica, Oneida County, N.Y., January 25, 1951. Republican. Construction business; U.S. Representative from New York, 2011-17 (24th District 2011-13, 22nd District 2013-17); defeated, 2008. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2017.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article
  Tommy Hazouri (b. 1944) — of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. Born in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., October 11, 1944. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives 20th District, 1974-84; mayor of Jacksonville, Fla., 1987-91; defeated, 1991, 1995. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 1995.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Richard Phillip Ieyoub (b. 1944) — also known as Richard P. Ieyoub — of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La. Born in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, La., August 11, 1944. Democrat. Lawyer; Louisiana state attorney general, 1992-2004; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1996, 2000; candidate for U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1996; candidate for Governor of Louisiana, 2003. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Relatives: Son of Phillip Assad Ieyoub and Virginia (Khoury) Ieyoub.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Daniel Issa — Democrat. Member of Rhode Island state senate, 2008. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Darrell E. Issa (b. 1954) — of Vista, San Diego County, Calif. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, January 1, 1954. Republican. U.S. Representative from California, 2001-08 (48th District 2001-03, 49th District 2003-08). Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post
  Christopher John (b. 1960) — also known as Chris John — of Crowley, Acadia Parish, La. Born in Crowley, Acadia Parish, La., January 5, 1960. Democrat. Member of Louisiana state house of representatives, 1988-96; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 7th District, 1997-2005; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 2000, 2004; candidate for U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 2004. Catholic. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of John N. John, Jr. (1934?-).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Sally Shaheen Joseph — also known as Sally S. Joseph — of Flint, Genesee County, Mich. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996, 2000, 2008. Female. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Jameal Assed Kahalley (1922-2006) — also known as J. A. Kahalley — of Mobile, Mobile County, Ala. Born in Bay Minette, Baldwin County, Ala., March 27, 1922. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1964, 1968. Episcopalian. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Died in Mobile, Mobile County, Ala., April 16, 2006 (age 84 years, 20 days). Interment at Bay Minette Cemetery, Bay Minette, Ala.
  Relatives: Married to Sondra Boykin.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  David K. Karem (b. 1943) — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born August 31, 1943. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Kentucky state house of representatives 34th District, 1972-74; member of Kentucky state senate 35th District, 1976-. Catholic. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  James Hussein Karoub (1929-1994) — also known as James H. Karoub; Jimmy Karoub — of Highland Park, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Highland Park, Wayne County, Mich., June 16, 1929. Democrat. Member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1963-64, 1965-68 (Wayne County 15th District 1963-64, 2nd District 1965-68); defeated in primary, 1964, 1968. Muslim or Protestant. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Fraternal Order of Police. Died in Northville, Wayne County, Mich., July 23, 1994 (age 65 years, 37 days). Interment at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens, Novi, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Hussein Karoub and Mary Karoub.
  Epitaph: "Beloved Husband Father Giddo."
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Casey Kasem (b. 1932) — also known as Kemal Amin Kazem — of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., April 27, 1932. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; radio disc jockey; actor; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988. Druze. Lebanese and Palestinian ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married 1972 to Linda Myers; married, December 21, 1980, to Jean Thompson.
  Personal motto: "Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Abraham Kazen, Jr. (1919-1987) — also known as Chick Kazen — of Laredo, Webb County, Tex. Born in Laredo, Webb County, Tex., January 17, 1919. Democrat. Member of Texas state house of representatives, 1947; member of Texas state senate, 1952; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964; U.S. Representative from Texas 23rd District, 1967-85. Catholic. Lebanese ancestry. Died in Austin, Travis County, Tex., November 29, 1987 (age 68 years, 316 days). Interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of Abraham Kazen (1867-1964) and Anita 'Annie' (Rostum) Kazen (1886-1957); brother of E. James Kazen; uncle of George Philip Kazen (1940-).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Kazen-Woodbridge family of Laredo, Texas (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  E. James Kazen (1912-2003) — of Laredo, Webb County, Tex. Born in Laredo, Webb County, Tex., December 27, 1912. Democrat. Lawyer; District Attorney 49th District, 1942; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1944, 1948, 1952. Catholic. Lebanese ancestry. Died in Laredo, Webb County, Tex., February 25, 2003 (age 90 years, 60 days). Interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of Abraham Kazen (1867-1964) and Anita 'Annie' (Rostum) Kazen (1886-1957); brother of Abraham Kazen, Jr. (1919-1987); married to Drusilla Marie Perkins (1917-2011); father of George Philip Kazen.
  Political family: Kazen-Woodbridge family of Laredo, Texas (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Philip Kazen (b. 1940) — also known as George P. Kazen — Born in Laredo, Webb County, Tex., February 29, 1940. Lawyer; U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, 1979-2009; took senior status 2009. Lebanese and English ancestry. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of E. James Kazen and Drusilla Marie (Perkins) Kazen (1917-2011); nephew of Abraham Kazen, Jr.; great-grandson of George Douglas Perkins; first cousin five times removed of William Woodbridge (1780-1861); eighth great-grandson of William Leete.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; DuPont family of Wilmington, Delaware; Kazen-Woodbridge family of Laredo, Texas; Floyd-Woodbridge-Edwards family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Diana Saldana
  See also Wikipedia article
  Samer E. Khalaf — of Paramus, Bergen County, N.J. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2008. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Awais Khaleel — of Madison, Dane County, Wis. Democrat. Member of Democratic National Committee from Wisconsin, 2008; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 2008. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  George Latimer (b. 1935) — of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn. Born in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, N.Y., June 20, 1935. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of St. Paul, Minn., 1976-90; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1984. Catholic. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2002.
  Relatives: Son of William Wilbur Latimer and Dorothy Marie (Nasser) Latimer; married, June 20, 1959, to Nancy Moore.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Mike McKool (1918-2003) — of Texas. Born in Mexico City (Ciudad de México), Distrito Federal, December 30, 1918. Democrat. Naturalized U.S. citizen; served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; member of Texas state senate, 1969-72; candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 5th District, 1974; chair of Dallas County Democratic Party, 1984-86. Catholic. Lebanese ancestry. As state senator, set a filibuster record by speaking nonstop for 42 hours and 33 minutes in support of funding for mental health and retardation. Died in Dallas, Dallas County, Tex., February 22, 2003 (age 84 years, 54 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Calvary Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Tex.
  George John Mitchell (b. 1933) — also known as George J. Mitchell — of South Portland, Cumberland County, Maine; Washington, D.C.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine, August 20, 1933. Democrat. Lawyer; aide to U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie, 1962-65; also deputy director of Muskie's vice-presidential campaign in 1968, and presidential campaign in 1972; Maine Democratic state chair, 1966-68; member of Democratic National Committee from Maine, 1969-77; candidate for Governor of Maine, 1974; U.S. Attorney for Maine, 1977-79; U.S. District Judge for Maine, 1979-80; resigned 1980; U.S. Senator from Maine, 1980-95; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004; chairman, Walt Disney Company (major movie studio, operator of theme parks, and owner of the ABC television network), 2004-07; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008. Catholic. Lebanese and Irish ancestry. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of George John Mitchell and Mary (Saad) Mitchell; married 1959 to Sally L. Heath (divorced); married 1994 to Heather MacLaclan.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Ralph Nader (b. 1934) — of Winsted, Litchfield County, Conn. Born in Winsted, Litchfield County, Conn., February 27, 1934. Lawyer; university professor; consumer advocate; candidate for President of the United States, 1996 (Green), 2000 (Green), 2004 (Independent), 2008 (Independent). Lebanese ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Beta Kappa. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of Nadra or Nathra Nader and Rose (Bouziane) Nader.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Ralph Nader: Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President (2002) — The Seventeen Traditions (2007)
  Rima M. Nashashibi — of Seal Beach, Orange County, Calif. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Edmond Thomas Neeme (1916-1998) — also known as Edmond T. Neeme — of Grosse Pointe Park, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., April 7, 1916. Served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II; candidate for mayor of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., 1955. Syrian ancestry. Founder and CEO of E. T. Neeme Sales Co., manufacturer's representative in the automobile industry. Died, in Bon Secours Hospital, Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Mich., December 18, 1998 (age 82 years, 255 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Neeme and Alice Neeme; married to Lois Horn.
  Nick Joe Rahall II (b. 1949) — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va., May 20, 1949. Democrat. Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, 1972-74; director of Rahall Communications, family business, owning radio and TV stations; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; U.S. Representative from West Virginia, 1977-2012 (4th District 1977-93, 3rd District 1993-2012); arrested in California for drunk driving, 1988. Presbyterian. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Rotary; Elks; Moose; Eagles; NAACP; National Rifle Association; Freemasons; Shriners. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Henry William Saad — also known as Henry W. Saad — of Bloomfield Hills, Oakland County, Mich.; Birmingham, Oakland County, Mich. Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals 2nd District, 1994-; appointed 1994. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Federalist Society. Still living as of 2013.
  Jimetta L. Samaha — of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1996, 2000, 2008; secretary of Connecticut Democratic Party, 2008. Female. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Donna Edna Shalala (b. 1941) — also known as Donna E. Shalala — of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Fla. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, February 14, 1941. Democrat. Served in the Peace Corps; university professor; president, Hunter College, City University of New York, 1980-88; chancellor, University of Wisconsin, 1988-92; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 1993-2001; president, University of Miami, 2001-15; U.S. Representative from Florida 27th District, 2019-. Female. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Trilateral Commission; American Federation of Teachers. Inducted, National Women's Hall of Fame, 2011. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Daughter of Joseph Abraham Shalala and Edna (Smith) Shalala.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — National Women's Hall of Fame
  Francis G. Slay — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo. Democrat. Mayor of St. Louis, Mo., 2001-17; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2004, 2008. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2017.
  Relatives: Son of Francis R. Slay (1926?-).
  Christopher Thomas Sununu (b. 1974) — also known as Chris Sununu — Born in Salem, Rockingham County, N.H., November 5, 1974. Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 2011-16; Governor of New Hampshire, 2017-. Lebanese, Greek, and Irish ancestry. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of John Henry Sununu and Nancy (Hayes) Sununu; brother of John E. Sununu (1964-).
  Political family: Sununu family of Salem, New Hampshire.
  See also Wikipedia article
  John E. Sununu (b. 1964) — of Rye, Rockingham County, N.H. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., September 10, 1964. Republican. U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 1st District, 1997-2003; U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, 2003-; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 2016. Catholic. Lebanese, Greek, and Irish ancestry. Still living as of 2016.
  Relatives: Son of Nancy (Hayes) Sununu and John Henry Sununu; brother of Christopher Thomas Sununu (1974-).
  Political family: Sununu family of Salem, New Hampshire.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  John Henry Sununu (b. 1939) — also known as John H. Sununu; "King John" — of Salem, Rockingham County, N.H. Born in Havana (La Habana), Cuba, July 2, 1939. Republican. Engineer; university professor; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1973-74; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, 1980; Governor of New Hampshire, 1983-89; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1988; White House chief of staff for President George H. W. Bush. Catholic. Lebanese and Greek ancestry. Member, Phi Sigma Kappa. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of John Sununu and Victoria (Dada) Sununu; married 1958 to Nancy Hayes; father of John E. Sununu (1964-) and Christopher Thomas Sununu.
  Political family: Sununu family of Salem, New Hampshire.
  See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Marlo Thomas (b. 1937) — also known as Margaret Julia Thomas — of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Deerfield, Lenawee County, Mich., November 21, 1937. Democrat. Actress in television shows and movies; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972. Female. Catholic. Lebanese and Italian ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Daughter of Danny Thomas (1914-1991; entertainer) and Rosa Maria (Cassaniti) Mantell Thomas (1914-2000); married, May 21, 1980, to Phil Donahue (talk show host).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Rashida Tlaib (b. 1976) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., 1976. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives 12th District, 2009-. Female. Muslim. Palestinian ancestry. Still living as of 2012.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Brian Wahby — of St. Louis, Mo. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2000, 2008. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Stephen P. Yokich (1935-2002) — also known as Steve Yokich — of St. Clair Shores, Macomb County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., August 20, 1935. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000; President of the United Auto Workers, 1995-2002. Serbian and Lebanese ancestry. Member, United Auto Workers. Suffered a stroke, and died the next day, at St. John Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., August 16, 2002 (age 66 years, 361 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father of Tracey A. Yokich (1960-).
  Tracey A. Yokich (b. 1960) — of St. Clair Shores, Macomb County, Mich. Born in 1960. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1988; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1991-96 (74th District 1991-92, 26th District 1993-96); Macomb County Probate Judge, 2003-; elected () circuit judge in Michigan 16th Circuit 2012. Female. Serbian and Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2012.
  Relatives: Daughter of Stephen P. Yokich (1935-2002).
  George Zainyeh — Democrat. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1990. Arabic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Sam H. Zakhem (b. 1935) — Born November 25, 1935. Republican. College professor; member of Colorado state house of representatives, 1975-79; member of Colorado state senate, 1979-83; U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, 1986-89. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier
  James J. Zogby — of Washington, D.C. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; member, Platform Committee, 1988; speaker, 1988; member of Democratic National Committee from District of Columbia, 2004-08. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  John Zogby (b. 1948) — also known as "The Prince of Polling" — of Utica, Oneida County, N.Y. Born in 1948. Democrat. Candidate for mayor of Utica, N.Y., 1981; member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 1988 ; pollster. Lebanese ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
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