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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Politics

    Marion Barry: Born: 1936-03-06 - Died: 2014-11-23
    Marion Barry was a democratic politician, who served as the second elected Mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and then again as the fourth from 1995 to 1999. He was also a member of the Council of the District of Columbia for Ward 8. Barry is also known as the first [...]
    Jim Brady: Born: 1940-08-29 - Died: 2014-08-04
    Jim Brady was an assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He was permanently disabled as a result of the attempted assassination of Reagan, and became a gun control advocate. He is the namesake of the famous Brady Bill.
    Joan Mondale: Born: 1930-08-08 - Died: 2014-02-03
    Joan Mondale was the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, serving as the former second lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981. She was affectionately nicknamed “Joan of Art” for her long-running support of the arts. She served for years as the chairperson of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.
    Ariel Sharon: Born: 1928-02-26 - Died: 2014-01-11
    Ariel Sharon was the former Prime Minister of Israel, holding the position from March 2001 to early 2006. At that time, Sharon suffered a series of strokes – the most serious of which put him in a coma – one that he remained in until his death. Before becoming Prime Minister, Sharon was considered the [...]
    John S.D. Eisenhower: Born: 03-08-1922 - Died: 21-12-2013
    John S.D. Eisenhower was a United States Army General and was the son of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. During his father’s time in office, John served as Assistant Staff Secretary in the White House; he was also an ambassador to Belgium. Eisenhower was a well-known historian and wrote several books about various wartimes in [...]
    Edgar Bronfman Sr.: Born: 1929-06-20 - Died: 2013-12-21
    Edgar Bronfman Sr. was a Canadian-American businessman who served as the CEO of the Seagram Company from 1971 to 1994. He also served as the President of the World Jewish Congress from 1981 to 2007. Bronfman was known for being an outspoken advocate of Jewish causes.
    Nelson Mandela: Born: 1918-07-18 - Died: 2013-12-05
    Nelson Mandela, 95, was a South African most well know for helping to end the practice of apartheid in the country. He served as a lawyer for numerous political action groups until he was arrested in 1961 and convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. He was meant to serve a lifelong prison [...]
    Bill Young: Born: 1930-12-16 - Died: 2013-10-18
    Bill Young was an American politician, a Republican from the state of Florida who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 until his death in 2013. At the time of his death, Young held the distinction of being the longest tenured GOP member in the entire Congress.
    Thomas S. Foley: Born: 06-03-1929 - Died: 18-10-2013
    Thomas S. Foley was a lawyer and the 57th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989-1995. He was also the U.S. Ambassador to Japan when Bill Clinton was in office. Foley died of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2012 after being hospitalized with pneumonia.
    Jack Germond: Born: 1928-01-30 - Died: 2013-08-14
    Jack Germond, 85, was a famous political columnist. He was most well known for his work at The Baltimore Sun, but he was involved in everything from newspapers to television. For a while, he regularly appeared on The McLaughlin Group. His final act was finishing up his first novel, “A Small Story For Page Three,” [...]
    Harry Byrd, Jr.: Born: 1914-12-20 - Died: 2013-07-30
    Harry Byrd, Jr. was a former U.S. senator from Virginia. He served in the U.S. Senate for over 17 years, from 1965 until 1983. Byrd was the oldest living former U.S. senator from late 2009 until his death.
    Frank Lautenberg: Born: 1924-01-23 - Died: 2013-06-03
    Frank Lautenberg, 89, was a U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He had the distinction of being the oldest senator, as well as the only senator in Congress who had served in World War II, at the time of his death. He served in Congress from 1982 until his retirement in 2000, but was called back [...]
    Billie Sol Estes: Born: 1925-01-10 - Died: 2013-05-14
    Billie Sol Estes was an American businessman who is probably best known for his involvement in agricultural scandals that took place in the 1950s. Estes was convicted of fraud in 1964, and his case spawned investigations into the highest levels of power, as Estes had ties to Lyndon Johnson. The journalist who uncovered Estes’ ruse [...]
    Otis Bowen: Born: 1918-02-26 - Died: 2013-05-04
    Otis Bowen was the 44th Governor of Indiana. He served for two terms, from 1973 to 1981. He also served as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1985 to 1989 under Reagan. He was born in Rochester, Indiana, and began is career as an intern at Memorial Hospital in South Bend in 1942. He [...]
    Bob Perry: Born: - Died: 2013-04-13
    Bob Perry was a homebuilder (Perry Homes) wel known for his large contributions to Republican campaigns. He was one of the largest Republican campaign donors in Texas, and even in the entire country. He was the top contributor to the “Swift Boat” ad campaign against John Kerry in 2004.
    Charlie Wilson: Born: 1943-01-18 - Died: 2013-04-14
    Charlie Wilson (D) was a former member of the U.S. House of Representative representing the state of Ohio’s 6th Congressional District. He first won his set in 2006, after a successful primary campaign where he was a write-in candidate. He was reelected in 2008 by a wide margin. He lost in 2010 to Air Force [...]
    Margaret Thatcher: Born: 1925-10-13 - Died: 2013-04-08
    Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s longest-serving Prime Minister. Thatcher, who served as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, was known for her conservative policies and her close ties to U.S. President Ronald Reagan during the waning years of the cold war.
    Hugo Chavez: Born: 1954-07-28 - Died: 2013-03-05
    Hugo Chavez was the President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. He was the leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, and is known for implementing socialist reforms in his country. He was seen as one of the United States’ main adversaries, in terms of foreign policy.
    Dawn Clark Netsch: Born: 1926-09-16 - Died: 2013-03-05
    Dawn Clark Netsch, 86, was a famous political figure in Illinois. She served on the Illinois State Senate, was the state’s comptroller, and was the first woman to receive a gubernatorial nomination from a major political party. Netsch’s political career began in 1972 when she was elected to the state senate. Her biggest moment, however, [...]
    Stéphane Hessel: Born: 1917-10-20 - Died: 2013-02-26
    Stéphane Hessel was a diplomat, World War II French Resistance fighter, and a concentration camp survivor. After the war he campaigned against inequality and authored the book Time For Outrage. (Image courtesy Rama, Wikimedia Commons, Cc-by-sa-2.0-fr)
    C. Everett Koop: Born: 1916-10-14 - Died: 2013-02-25
    Dr. Charles Everett Koop was the Surgeon General of the U.S. from 1982 to 1989. Before becoming Surgeon General, Koop was a pediatric surgeon, serving as the surgeon-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for 35 years.
    Ronald Dworkin: Born: 1931-12-11 - Died: 2013-02-14
    Ronald Dworkin, 81, was a noted legal philosopher. His most famous contribution to the field was his interpretation of the Constitution. He said that the bill of rights contained abstract moral principles. During his life, he was a professor at the New York School of Law, and most recently, taught at University College, London.
    Edward Koch: Born: 1924-12-12 - Died: 2013-02-01
    Edward Koch served as a U.S. Representative in congress from 1969 to 1977 and as the mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989. He went on to be well-known throughout the U.S. as a judge on the TV show The People’s Court.
    Spencer Cox: Born: 1968-03-10 - Died: 2012-12-18
    Spencer Cox was a well-known AIDS activist in New York and co-founder of the Treatment Action Group (TAG). He was diagnosed with HIV in 1989.
    Robert Bork: Born: 1927-03-01 - Died: 2012-12-19
    Robert Bork was a legal scholar, former U.S. Attorney General under Richard Nixon, and Supreme Court nominee. Bork, known for his conservative beliefs, was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987 by Ronald Reagan. He failed to receive confirmation, and that is widely thought to have triggered much of the politicalization of the court [...]
    Daniel Inouye: Born: 1924-09-07 - Died: 2012-12-17
    Daniel Inouye, 88, was a United States Senator from Hawaii. He had served in the Senate since 1963 making him the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history. He also became President pro tempore in 2010 making him the highest-ranking Asian-American politician in U.S. history.
    Jack Brooks: Born: 1922-12-18 - Died: 2012-12-04
    Congressman Jack Brooks served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 42 years, making a name for himself as a southern Democrat who worked on the important legislation of his time – the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and the Voting Right Act of 1965 – while also maintaining conservative views on things like gun [...]
    Betty Fletcher: Born: 1923-03-29 - Died: 2012-10-23
    Betty Fletcher was a well-known judge and legal partner from Tacoma, Washington. Fletcher was mostly known for her position of judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California. During Fletcher’s legal career, she reached many milestones, such as becoming the first woman to become a partner at a major law firm [...]
    Russell Means: Born: 1939-11-10 - Died: 2012-10-22
    Russell Means was a well-known native American activist from Wanblee, South Dakota. He is mostly known for his involvement with native American rights and the American Indian Movement. Means was also involved within the arts, acting in various movies, such as: Pocahontas, Last of the Mohicans, and the most recent movie of Pathfinder. Means also [...]
    George McGovern: Born: 1922-07-19 - Died: 2012-10-21
    George McGovern was a well-known Democratic politician from Avon, South Dakota. McGovern was most known for being runner-up in the 1972 presidential election, losing to Republician nominee Richard Nixon. Apart from McGovern’s involvement with politics, McGovern served in the U.S. military during WWII as a 1st Lieutenant, was the author of various books, and served [...]