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Balkan ancestry Politicians
(Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dalmatian, Moldavan, Romanian, Serbian, Slovene, Vlach, Yugoslav)

Very incomplete list!

  George Acheff (1889-1969) — of Flint, Genesee County, Mich. Born in Bulgaria, February 21, 1889. Communist. Naturalized U.S. citizen; candidate for Michigan state senate 13th District, 1934. Bulgarian ancestry. Died in July, 1969 (age 80 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Joseph R. Begich (b. 1930) — Born in Eveleth, St. Louis County, Minn., January 17, 1930. Democrat. Farmer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives, 1975-92 (District 6-A 1975-82, District 6-B 1983-92). Croatian ancestry. Still living as of 1992.
  Relatives: Brother of Nicholas Joseph Begich; uncle of Nicholas J. Begich, Thomas Begich (1960-) and Mark Begich.
  Political family: Begich family of Anchorage, Alaska.
  See also Wikipedia article — Minnesota Legislator record
  Mark Begich (b. 1962) — of Anchorage, Alaska. Born, in Old Providence Hospital, Anchorage, Alaska, March 30, 1962. Democrat. Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, 2003-09; defeated, 1994, 2000; U.S. Senator from Alaska, 2009-. Alaska Native and Croatian ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Nicholas Joseph Begich and Pegge Begich; brother of Nicholas J. Begich and Thomas Begich; married to Deborah Bonito; nephew of Joseph R. Begich (1930-).
  Political family: Begich family of Anchorage, Alaska.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Nicholas Joseph Begich (1932-1972) — also known as Nick Begich — of Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Eveleth, St. Louis County, Minn., April 6, 1932. Democrat. Member of Alaska state senate, 1963-71; U.S. Representative from Alaska at-large, 1971-72; died in office 1972; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska, 1972. Alaska Native and Croatian ancestry. Disappeared while on a campaign flight from Anchorage to Juneau, and presumed killed in a plane crash, somewhere in Alaska, October 16, 1972 (age 40 years, 193 days). The wreckage was never found. Cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Brother of Joseph R. Begich (1930-); married 1956 to Margaret Jendro; father of Nicholas J. Begich, Thomas Begich and Mark Begich (who married Deborah Bonito).
  Political family: Begich family of Anchorage, Alaska.
  Begich Peak in the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage, Alaska, is named for him.  — Begich Middle School, in Anchorage, Alaska, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Helen Delich Bentley (1923-2016) — also known as Helen Delich — of Lutherville, Baltimore County, Md.; Towson, Baltimore County, Md. Born in Ruth, White Pine County, Nev., November 28, 1923. Republican. Newspaper reporter; campaign manager for Nevada U.S. Sen. James G. Scrugham, 1942; chair, Federal Maritime Commission, 1969; U.S. Representative from Maryland 2nd District, 1985-95; defeated, 1980, 1982, 2002; candidate in primary for Governor of Maryland, 1994. Female. Eastern Orthodox. Serbian ancestry. Member, Theta Sigma Phi. Died in Timonium, Baltimore County, Md., August 6, 2016 (age 92 years, 252 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Michael Delich and Mary (Kovich) Delich; married, June 7, 1959, to William Roy Bentley.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Michael Anthony Bilandic (1923-2002) — also known as Michael A. Bilandic — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., February 13, 1923. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; mayor of Chicago, Ill., 1976-79; defeated in primary, 1979; Judge, Illinois Appellate Court, 1984-90; justice of Illinois state supreme court, 1990-2000. Croatian ancestry. Died, of cardiac arrest, in Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Cook County, Ill., January 15, 2002 (age 78 years, 336 days). Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Ill.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Rod R. Blagojevich (b. 1956) — also known as Rod Blagojevich; "Blago" — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 10, 1956. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1993-96; U.S. Representative from Illinois 5th District, 1997-2003; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2000, 2004, 2008; Governor of Illinois, 2003-09; solicited bribes from potential candidates for appointment to Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat; arrested by federal agents in December 2008, and set for trial on federal corruption charges; in January 2009, based on charges that he abused his authority and attempted to sell authorizations, vetoes, and appointments, he was impeached by the Illinois House, convicted by a unanimous vote of the Illinois Senate, and prohibited from holding public office in the state; tried in federal court in 2010-11, and after a mistrial, was ultimately found guilty on eighteen counts, including bribery and extortion; sentenced to 14 years in federal prison; an appeal later overturned five of the eighteen convictions, but did not change his prison sentence. Serbian ancestry. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Married to Patricia 'Patti' Mell (daughter of Richard F. Mell; sister of Deborah Mell (1968-)).
  Political family: Mell-Blagojevich family of Chicago, Illinois.
  Cross-reference: Daniel Lipinski
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Rod Blagojevich: The Governor (2009)
  Books about Rod Blagojevich: Elizabeth Brackett, Pay to Play: How Rod Blagojevich Turned Political Corruption Into a National Sideshow — Jeff Coen & John Chase, Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself out of the Governor's Office and into Prison
  Leonard J. Bodack (b. 1932) — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., August 10, 1932. Democrat. Member of Pennsylvania state senate 38th District, 1979-2002; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996, 2000. Slovene ancestry. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Marine Corps League; AFSCME; Moose; Lions. Still living as of 2002.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph J. Bodack and Mary Y. (Spehar) Bodack; married to Shirley M. Wagner.
  Carl Djerassi (1923-2015) — of Portola Valley, San Mateo County, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. Born in Vienna, Austria, October 29, 1923. Democrat. Naturalized U.S. citizen; university professor; chemist and pharmaceutical researcher; helped develop the oral contraceptive pill; playwright; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972. Austrian and Bulgarian ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Kappa. Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame, 1978. Died in San Francisco, Calif., January 30, 2015 (age 91 years, 93 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Diane W. Middlebrook.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Michael Stanley Dukakis (b. 1933) — also known as Michael S. Dukakis — of Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass. Born in Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass., November 3, 1933. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1963-70; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1970; Governor of Massachusetts, 1975-79, 1983-91; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980; speaker, 1988; candidate for President of the United States, 1988. Eastern Orthodox. Greek and Vlach ancestry. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of Panos S. Dukakis and Euterpe (Boukis) Dukakis; married 1963 to Katherine 'Kitty' Dickson; cousin *** of Olympia Dukakis (1931-); cousin of Apollo Dukakis (actor).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books about Michael Dukakis: Richard Gaines & Michael Segal, Dukakis: The Man Who Would Be President
  Paul Anthony Gosar (b. 1958) — also known as Paul Gosar — of Flagstaff, Coconino County, Ariz.; Prescott, Yavapai County, Ariz. Born in Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyo., November 27, 1958. Republican. Dentist; U.S. Representative from Arizona, 2011-18 (1st District 2011-13, 4th District 2013-18). Catholic. Basque and Slovene ancestry. Member, American Dental Association. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of Antone John 'Tony' Gosar and Bernadette (Erramouspe) Gosar; brother of Pete Gosar (1956?-).
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Pete Gosar — Democrat. Candidate in primary for Governor of Wyoming, 2010. Basque and Slovene ancestry. Still living as of 2010.
  Relatives: Son of Antone John 'Tony' Gosar and Bernadette (Erramouspe) Gosar; brother of Paul Anthony Gosar (1958-).
  Dennis J. Kucinich (b. 1946) — also known as "Dennis the Menace" — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, October 8, 1946. Democrat. Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1978-79; defeated, 1979; member of Ohio state senate, 1995-96; U.S. Representative from Ohio 10th District, 1997-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2000, 2004, 2008; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 2004, 2008. Catholic. Croatian ancestry. Still living as of 2017.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Kucinich and Virginia Kucinich; brother of Gary Kucinich (1945?-); married, January 15, 1977, to Sandra Lee McCarthy.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Books by Dennis Kucinich: A Prayer for America (2003)
  Ivan Lebamoff (1932-2006) — of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind. Born in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind., July 20, 1932. Democrat. Lawyer; chair of Allen County Democratic Party, 1968-75; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1968, 1972; mayor of Fort Wayne, Ind., 1971-75; defeated, 1975. Eastern Orthodox. Macedonian ancestry. Member, Order of the Coif; Phi Alpha Theta; Phi Delta Phi. Died, in Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind., May 18, 2006 (age 73 years, 302 days). Interment at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  Relatives: Married to Kay Stephanoff.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Anthony Lucas (b. 1880) — of Calumet Township, Houghton County, Mich. Born in Severin, Croatia, January 2, 1880. Republican. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Houghton County 1st District; elected 1910. Croatian ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1905 to Mae A. Frink (died 1909).
  Konstantina Lukes — also known as Konnie Lukes; Konstantina Bequary — of Worcester, Worcester County, Mass. Born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Lawyer; mayor of Worcester, Mass., 2007-10; defeated, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011. Female. Albanian Orthodox. Albanian ancestry. Still living as of 2012.
  Relatives: Married to Dr. James Lukes.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Sophie Masloff (1917-2014) — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., December 21, 1917. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; mayor of Pittsburgh, Pa., 1988-94; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1996; member of Democratic National Committee from Pennsylvania, 2004-08. Female. Jewish. Romanian ancestry. First woman and first Jewish mayor of Pittsburgh. Died in Mt. Lebanon, Allegheny County, Pa., August 17, 2014 (age 96 years, 239 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Mitchell Melich (1912-1999) — of Moab, Grand County, Utah. Born in Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah, February 1, 1912. Republican. Lawyer; member of Utah state senate, 1942-50; delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1952, 1960 (alternate); candidate for Governor of Utah, 1964. Serbian ancestry. Died, of heart disease, June 12, 1999 (age 87 years, 131 days). Burial location unknown.
  George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. (1924-2005) — also known as George Mikan; "Mr. Basketball" — of Minnesota. Born in Joliet, Will County, Ill., June 18, 1924. Republican. Professional basketball player and coach for the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1940s and 1950s; candidate for U.S. Representative from Minnesota 3rd District, 1956; member, Basketball Hall of Fame. Croatian ancestry. Died, from complications of diabetes, in Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Ariz., June 1, 2005 (age 80 years, 348 days). Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.; statue at Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Married to Patricia Lu Daveny (1927-2014).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Rudolph George Perpich (1928-1995) — also known as Rudy Perpich; "Governor Goofy" — of Hibbing, St. Louis County, Minn. Born in Carson Lake (now part of Hibbing), St. Louis County, Minn., June 27, 1928. Democrat. Dentist; member of Minnesota state senate, 1963-71; Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, 1971-76; Governor of Minnesota, 1976-79, 1983-91; defeated, 1978; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1984. Catholic. Croatian ancestry. Died of colon cancer, in Minnetonka, Hennepin County, Minn., September 21, 1995 (age 67 years, 86 days). Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973) — also known as Emanuel Goldenberg — Born in Bucharest, Romania, December 12, 1893. Democrat. Actor; honored guest, Democratic National Convention, 1960. Jewish. Romanian ancestry. Died, from bladder cancer, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 26, 1973 (age 79 years, 45 days). Entombed at Beth El Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married, January 21, 1927, to Gladys (Cassell) Lloyd (1895-1971); married, January 16, 1958, to Jane (Bodenheimer) Arden.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  David Sam (b. 1933) — of Duchesne, Duchesne County, Utah. Born in Hobart, Lake County, Ind., August 12, 1933. Lawyer; Duchesne County Attorney, 1966-72; Duchesne County Commissioner, 1972-74; district judge in Utah 4th District, 1976-85; U.S. District Judge for Utah, 1985-99; took senior status 1999. Mormon. Romanian ancestry. Still living as of 2017.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Sirb and Flora (Toma) Sirb.
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article
  Mark J. Sokolich (b. 1963) — of Fort Lee, Bergen County, N.J. Born in 1963. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., 2008-. Croatian ancestry. Still living as of 2016.
  Cross-reference: David Wildstein
  See also Wikipedia article
  Augustus Daniel Splivalo (1840-1911) — of California. Born, of Italian and Dalmatian parents, in the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile, on his father's ship, the Santa Teresa, May 24, 1840. Lawyer; member of California state assembly 8th District, 1871-73. Catholic. Italian and Dalmatian ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died, of nephritis, in San Francisco, Calif., December 12, 1911 (age 71 years, 202 days). Interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, Calif.
  Michael Anthony Stepovich (b. 1919) — also known as Mike Stepovich — of Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska. Born in Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, March 12, 1919. Republican. Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 4th District, 1951-52; member of Alaska territorial senate 4th District, 1953-58; Governor of Alaska Territory, 1957-58; candidate for U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1958; candidate for Governor of Alaska, 1962 (Republican), 1966; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska, 1964 (delegation chair). Catholic. Croatian ancestry. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1947 to Matilda Stepovich; father of Nicholas Stepovich (1958?-).
  Vincent Thomas (1907-1980) — also known as Vincent Thomasevich — of San Pedro, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Pass Christian, Harrison County, Miss., April 16, 1907. Democrat. Member of California state assembly, 1941-78 (68th District 1941-74, 52nd District 1975-78); defeated, 1978; Presidential Elector for California, 1940, 1944; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1948, 1960; candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1952. Croatian ancestry. Member, Elks; Redmen. Died in San Pedro, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 31, 1980 (age 72 years, 290 days). Interment at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
  The Vincent Thomas Bridge (opened 1963), a suspension bridge over the harbor from San Pedro to Terminal Island, in Los Angeles, California, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Victor Voinovich (1936-2016) — also known as George V. Voinovich — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, July 15, 1936. Republican. Lawyer; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1967-71; Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1979; mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1980-89; defeated in primary, 1971; Governor of Ohio, 1991-98; U.S. Senator from Ohio, 1999-; defeated, 1988. Catholic. Serbian ancestry. Died June 12, 2016 (age 79 years, 333 days). Interment at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio.
  Relatives: Married to Janet Voinovich (1940?-).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Rose Ann Vuich (c.1927-2001) — of Dinuba, Tulare County, Calif. Born about 1927. Democrat. Accountant; farmer; member of California state senate, 1977-92. Female. Serbian ancestry. First woman member of the California Senate. Died, from complications of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, in Dinuba, Tulare County, Calif., August 30, 2001 (age about 74 years). Burial location unknown.
  Cross-reference: Calvin M. Dooley
  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 N. Zenovich (b. 1922) — also known as George Zenovich — of Fresno, Fresno County, Calif. Born in Fresno, Fresno County, Calif., April 29, 1922. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; member of California state assembly 32nd District, 1963-70; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1968; member of California state senate 16th District, 1971-75. Eastern Orthodox. Serbian ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; NAACP. Still living as of 1997.
  Cross-reference: Richard H. Lehman
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