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Politicians Who Have Been in Space

in chronological order

  John Herschel Glenn Jr. (1921-2016) — also known as John Glenn — of New Concord, Muskingum County, Ohio; Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Born in Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, July 18, 1921. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; Astronaut; in February 1962, first American to orbit the earth; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1964, 1996, 2004, 2008; U.S. Senator from Ohio, 1975-99; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1984; received the Medal of Freedom in 2012; also inducted to the International Air & Space Hall of Fame, the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the International Space Hall of Fame, and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons. Died in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, December 8, 2016 (age 95 years, 143 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Married 1943 to Anna Margaret Castor.
  The John Glenn Columbus International Airport (Port Columbus International Airport until 2016), in Columbus, Ohio, is named for him.  — John Glenn High School, in New Concord, Ohio, is named for him.  — John Glenn High School, in Westland, Michigan, is named for him.  — John Glenn High School, in Bay City, Michigan, is named for him.  — John Glenn High School, in Walkerton, Indiana, is named for him.  — John Glenn High School, in Norwalk, California, is named for him.  — John Glenn Middle School, in San Angelo, Texas, is named for him.  — Colonel Glenn Road, in Little Rock, Arkansas, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books by John Glenn: John Glenn: A Memoir (1999)
  Books about John Glenn: Robert Green, John Glenn : Astronaut and U.S. Senator (for young readers)
  John Leonard Swigert Jr. (1931-1982) — also known as Jack Swigert — of Colorado. Born in Denver, Colo., August 30, 1931. Republican. Candidate for U.S. Senator from Colorado, 1978; elected U.S. Representative from Colorado 1982, but died before taking office. Astronaut on Apollo 13 moon mission in April 1970, which was aborted when an oxygen tank ruptured, but returned safely to earth. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1970. Died, of bone marrow cancer, in Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., December 27, 1982 (age 51 years, 119 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colo.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Harrison Hagan Schmitt (b. 1935) — also known as Harrison Schmitt; Jack Schmitt — of New Mexico. Born in New Mexico, July 3, 1935. Republican. U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 1977-83; defeated, 1982. Astronaut; crew member for Apollo 17; landed on the moon in December 1972. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Jack R. Lousma (b. 1936) — of Michigan. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., February 29, 1936. Republican. Candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1984. Astronaut; Skylab crew member in 1973. Still living as of 1998.
  Edwin Jacob Garn (b. 1932) — also known as Jake Garn — of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Born in Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, October 12, 1932. Republican. Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, 1971-74; U.S. Senator from Utah, 1975-93. Flew on space shuttle Discovery in April 1985. Still living as of 2014.
  Cross-reference: John Lewis
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Clarence William Nelson (b. 1942) — also known as Bill Nelson — of Melbourne, Brevard County, Fla. Born in Miami, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla., September 29, 1942. Democrat. Lawyer; legislative assistant to Gov. Reubin Askew, 1971; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1973-78; U.S. Representative from Florida, 1979-91 (9th District 1979-83, 11th District 1983-91); candidate for Governor of Florida, 1990; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996, 2004, 2008; U.S. Senator from Florida, 2001-. Presbyterian. Flew on the space shuttle Columbia in January 1986. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
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