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  Jacob M. Arvey (1895-1977) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., November 3, 1895. Democrat. Lawyer; alderman, 24th Ward, Chicago, 1923-41; commissioner, Chicago Park District, 1945-67; delegate to Illinois convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936, 1940, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1968; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; chair of Cook County Democratic Party, 1946-50; member of Democratic National Committee from Illinois, 1950-. Jewish. Russian ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; B'nai B'rith; Jewish War Veterans; American Legion; Navy League; Elks; Freemasons; Moose; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died, of heart failure, in Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Cook County, Ill., August 25, 1977 (age 81 years, 295 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Israel Arvey and Bertha (Eisenberg) Arvey; married, June 11, 1916, to Edith Freeman.
  Joseph T. Baran (b. 1894) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., February 9, 1894. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1948, 1952. Ukrainian ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Mary V. Beck (1908-2005) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Ford City, Armstrong County, Pa., February 29, 1908. Democrat. Social worker; lawyer; member, Detroit City Council, 1950-70 (first woman to be elected); candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1950; candidate in primary for mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1969. Female. Eastern Orthodox. Ukrainian ancestry. Died, in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Clinton Township, Macomb County, Mich., January 30, 2005 (age 97 years, 0 days). Interment at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, South Bound Brook, N.J.
  Relatives: Daughter of Michael Beck and Anna (Woytowych) Beck.
  Campaign slogan (1969): "Sweep the Deck with Mary Beck."
  Ralph Elihu Becker (1907-1994) — also known as Ralph E. Becker — of Port Chester, Westchester County, N.Y.; Washington, D.C. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 29, 1907. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1936; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; candidate for Presidential Elector for District of Columbia, 1972; U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, 1976-77. Jewish; later Episcopalian. Lithuanian and Belarusian ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Federal Bar Association; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Jewish War Veterans; American Legion; B'nai B'rith; American Jewish Committee. Donor of the Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana to the Smithsonian Institution; a sponsor of the Antarctic-South Pole Operation Deep Freeze expedition, 1963. Died, from congestive heart failure, in George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., August 24, 1994 (age 87 years, 207 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Max Joseph Becker and Rose (Becker) Becker; married to Ann Marie Watters; father of Ralph Elihu Becker, Jr. (1952-).
  Mount Becker, in the Merrick Mountains of Palmer Land, Antarctica, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Betty Friedan (1921-2006) — also known as Bettye Naomi Goldstein — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., February 4, 1921. Democrat. University professor; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984. Female. Jewish and Russian ancestry. Member, National Organization for Women; Phi Beta Kappa. Inducted, National Women's Hall of Fame, 1993. Died, of heart failure, in Washington, D.C., February 4, 2006 (age 85 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Harry Goldstein and Miriam (Horowitz) Goldstein; married, June 12, 1947, to Carl Friedan (divorced 1969).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — National Women's Hall of Fame
  Books by Betty Friedan: The Feminine Mystique — The Second Stage — The Fountain of Age — Life So Far
  Bohdan Futey (b. 1939) — of Parma, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in Buchach, Ukraine, June 28, 1939. School teacher; lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 22nd District, 1974. Ukrainian ancestry. Member, Delta Theta Phi. Still living as of 1975.
  Relatives: Son of Petro Futey and Maria (Woroszczuk) Futey.
  Eric Michael Garcetti (b. 1971) — also known as Eric Garcetti — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., February 4, 1971. Democrat. Member of Democratic National Committee from California, 2008; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008; mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 2013-. Jewish. Mexican, Italian, and Russian ancestry. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of Gilbert Salvadore Iberri Garcetti (1941-) and Sukey (Roth) Garcetti.
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Samuel Gejdenson (b. 1948) — also known as Sam Gejdenson — of Bozrah, New London County, Conn. Born in Eschwege, Germany, May 20, 1948. Democrat. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1975-79; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1981-2001; defeated, 2000; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1996, 2000. Jewish. Belarusian and Lithuanian ancestry. Member, Grange. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  John S. Gonas (b. 1907) — of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. Born in Crossfork, Potter County, Pa., May 14, 1907. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1936-38; member of Indiana state senate, 1940-48; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, 1944; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 3rd District, 1946; candidate for Governor of Indiana, 1948; probate judge in Indiana, 1949-58; Judge, Indiana Appellate Court, 1960-72. Ukrainian ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Phi Kappa Theta; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Gonas and Hazel (Stranka) Gonas; married 1937 to Theodosia Bonder.
  Jane Frank Harman (b. 1945) — also known as Jane F. Harman; Jane Lakes; Jane Frank — of Venice, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., June 28, 1945. Democrat. Lawyer; legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. John V. Tunney, 1972; counsel for congressional subcommittees; deputy secretary to the Cabinet in the Jimmy Carter White House, 1977-78; U.S. Representative from California 36th District, 1993-99, 2001-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2004, 2008; candidate in primary for Governor of California, 1998. Female. Jewish. Polish and Russian ancestry. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Daughter of Adolf Lakes and Lucille (Geier) Lakes; married 1969 to Richard Frank (divorced 1978); married 1980 to Sidney Harman.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Philip Mayer Kaiser (1913-2007) — also known as Philip M. Kaiser — of New York; Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., July 12, 1913. Democrat. Rhodes scholar; economist; U.S. Ambassador to Senegal, 1961-64; Mauritania, 1961-64; Hungary, 1977-80; Austria, 1980-81. Ukrainian and Jewish ancestry. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; American Political Science Association; Phi Beta Kappa. Died, in Sibley Hospital, Washington, D.C., May 24, 2007 (age 93 years, 316 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Morris Kazas and Temma (Sloven) Kazas; married, June 16, 1939, to Hannah Greeley.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ian T. Kaplan (b. 1946) — also known as Ted Kaplan — of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C. Born in St. Leo's Hospital, Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., December 26, 1946. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1977-82; member of North Carolina state senate, 1985-94; defeated, 1994. Jewish. German and Russian ancestry. Still living as of 2003.
  Edward E. Kaufman (1939-2010) — also known as Ted Kaufman — Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., March 15, 1939. Democrat. Engineer; administrative assistant and chief of staff for U.S. Senator Joe Biden, 1976-95; college professor; U.S. Senator from Delaware, 2009-10; appointed 2009. Irish, Jewish, and Russian ancestry. Died in 2010 (age about 71 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Manuel Kaufman and Helen (Carroll) Kaufman.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article
  Edward Maurice Mezvinsky (b. 1937) — also known as Edward Mezvinsky — of Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa; Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. Born in Ames, Story County, Iowa, January 17, 1937. Democrat. Member of Iowa state legislature, 1970; U.S. Representative from Iowa 1st District, 1973-77; defeated, 1970, 1976; Pennsylvania Democratic state chair, 1981-86; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1984. Jewish. Ukrainian ancestry. Indicted in March, 2001 on 56 federal fraud charges; pleaded guilty to 31, and sentenced to prison. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married 1963 to Myra Shulman (divorced 1974); married 1975 to Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky; father of Marc Mezvinsky (son-in-law of William Jefferson Clinton (1946-) and Hillary Rodham Clinton).
  Political family: Clinton family of Wadesboro, North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Brian David Schweitzer (b. 1955) — also known as Brian Schweitzer — Born in Havre, Hill County, Mont., September 4, 1955. Democrat. Agronomist; rancher; candidate for U.S. Senator from Montana, 2000; Governor of Montana, 2005-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 2008 (speaker). Catholic. German, Russian, and Irish ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Adam Schweitzer and Kay Schweitzer; married 1981 to Nancy Hupp.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Brian Schweitzer: Greg Lemon, Blue Man in a Red State: Montana's Governor Brian Schweitzer and the New Western Populism
  Albert Shanker (1928-1997) — of Mamaroneck, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 14, 1928. Democrat. School teacher; president, American Federation of Teachers, 1974-97; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980, 1984 (speaker), 1988, 1996. Jewish. Russian ancestry. Member, American Federation of Teachers. Died, of complications from bladder cancer, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., February 22, 1997 (age 68 years, 161 days). Interment at King David Cemetery, Putnam Valley, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Morris Shanker and Mamie Shanker; married 1960 to Edith Gerber.
  Epitaph: "A visionary and fiery union leader, loved by family, friends, and colleagues."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Albert Shanker: Richard Kahlenberg, Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race, and Democracy — Dickson A. Mungazi, Where He Stands: Albert Shanker of the American Federation of Teachers
  Abe Stark (1894-1972) — also known as "Mr. Brooklyn" — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., September 28, 1894. Democrat. Clothier; borough president of Brooklyn, New York, 1962-70; defeated (Republican), 1949; resigned 1970; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964. Jewish. Russian ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Famed among Brooklyn Dodgers fans for his longtime, conspicious advertising sign (for his clothing business) below the scoreboard at Ebbets Field, which promised a free suit to players who batted the ball there: "HIT SIGN, WIN SUIT". Died in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla., July 2, 1972 (age 77 years, 278 days). Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, N.Y.
  Anne Burlak Timpson (1911-2002) — also known as Anne Burlak; "The Red Flame" — of Rhode Island. Born in Slatington, Lehigh County, Pa., May 24, 1911. Communist. Labor organizer; candidate for secretary of state of Rhode Island, 1938. Female. Ukrainian ancestry. Died in East Longmeadow, Hampden County, Mass., July 9, 2002 (age 91 years, 46 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Boston, Mass.
  Relatives: Daughter of Barry Burlak and Anastasia 'Nellie' (Smigel) Burlak; married 1939 to Arthur E. Timpson.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Louis Waldman (1892-1982) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Yancherudnia, Russia (now Ukraine), January 5, 1892. Socialist. Civil engineer; lawyer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 8th District, 1918, 1920; expelled 1920, 1920; defeated, 1920; candidate for New York state senate 14th District, 1922; candidate for New York state attorney general, 1924; candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1927 (Socialist), 1937 (American Labor); candidate for Governor of New York, 1928, 1930, 1932; delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933. Jewish and Ukrainian ancestry. Expelled from the New York State Assembly over alleged disloyalty, along with the other four Socialist members, April 1, 1920; re-elected to the same seat in a special election, and expelled again on September 21. Suffered a severe stroke, and died four years later, in the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 12, 1982 (age 90 years, 250 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Marianne Deborah Williamson (b. 1952) — also known as Marianne Williamson — of Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Houston, Harris County, Tex., July 8, 1952. Author; lecturer; Independent candidate for U.S. Representative from California 33rd District, 2014; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 2020. Female. Russian and Jewish ancestry. Still living as of 2021.
  Relatives: Daughter of Samuel Williamson and Sophie Ann (Kaplan) Williamson.
  See also Wikipedia article — Ballotpedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail — Encyclopedia of American Loons
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