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01-JIAP0 on Jan 1, 2001

Membership Roster: the book "Jews in American Politics":
Source: Jews in American Politics, Sandy Maisels, ed., pp. xii-xxiii
When one reads accounts of Jews in American politics, the common theme is that Jews have achieved prominence in art, literature, academia, certain businesses, and entertainment, but not in politics or government. The Jewish politician was the exception, not the rule.

In the last third of the 20th century, however, that pattern changed. By 2000, Jews had become as prominent in the political realm as they have been in other aspects of American life. And Jewish participation is accepted for the contributions these activists make, not because of their Jewishness. Nothing could symbolize this trend more cogently than the nomination of Joseph Lieberman for vice president in 2000 and the national reaction to his candidacy. [Lieberman says]:

Although politics was not exactly a Jewish profession, individual Jews did throw themsleves into the democratic process. Some were traditional politicians; others machine politicians. Many more, such as Emma Goldman and the radicals of the early 20th century, were inspired by the ideal that they had a duty to repair the world—Tikkun Olam.

Many reasons account for the broader representation of Jews in American civic life today. The forces of antisemitism have been relegated to the extreme margins of society, the principle of meritocracy has increasingly opened the doors of opportunity. Moreover, the idealism and purpose that were spawned by the movements for civil rights, opposition to the war in Vietnam, environmentalism, and other causes drew many Jewish Americans into the political arena. Jews are admonished tp help perfect the world by the ancient wisdom of Rabbi Tarfon, who tells us, “You are not required to complete the task, yet you are not free to withdaw from it.”

[This book] provides brief biographical sketches for more than 400 Jews who have played prominent roles in American political life. The roster provides much of the basic information that we felt was previously lacking in one place.


  • Topic: Principles & Values
  • Headline: Profiled in "Jews in American Politics"

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 01-JIAP0

Gary Ackerman s1fNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Howard Berman s1fCalifornia Democrat 
Barbara Boxer s1fCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Stephen Breyer s1fUS Democratic Appointee to Supreme Court 
Benjamin Cardin s1fMaryland Democrat 
Peter Deutsch s1fFL Former Democratic Senate challenger (2004); US Rep. 
Eliot Engel s1fNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Russell Feingold s1fPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1fCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Barney Frank s1fMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Martin Frost s1fTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Sam Gejdenson s1fConnecticut Democrat 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg s1fUS Democratic Appointee to Supreme Court 
Dan Glickman s1fKansas Dem. (to Cabinet 1995) 
Steve Grossman s1fMA Democratic Challenger 
Jane Harman s1fCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Steve Israel s1fNew York Democrat 
Herbert Kohl s1fWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Tom Lantos s1fCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Frank Lautenberg s1fNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Carl Levin s1fMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Sander Levin s1fMichigan Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1fNew York Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s1fNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Robert Reich s1fMA Former Dem. Challenger 2002, and Cabinet Sec'y 
Steven Rothman s1fNew Jersey Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1fIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff s1fCalifornia Democrat 
Charles Schumer s1fNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Brad Sherman s1fCalifornia Democrat 
Norman Sisisky s1fVirginia Democrat 
Arlen Specter s1fPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 
Henry Waxman s1fCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Anthony Weiner s1fNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 
Paul Wellstone s1fMN Democratic Senator (Former) 
Robert Wexler s1fFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Ron Wyden s1fOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 01-JIAP0

Eric Cantor s1fVirginia Republican 
Jon Fox s1fPennsylvania Republican Former (1994-) 



Independents participating in 01-JIAP0

Joseph Lieberman s1fCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Bernie Sanders s1fVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 37
Republicans: 2
Independents: 2


















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