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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Politics

    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 […]
    Arlen Specter: Born: 1930-02-12 - Died: 2012-10-14
    Arlen Specter was a well-known political figure from Wichita, Kansas. Specter was mostly known for his role as Senator for Pennsylvania. Various happenings of Specter’s political involvements include: co-sponsoring an amendment to the Fair Housing Act, voted in favor of H.J.Res 114 ( and authorizing the Iraq War), and introducing a bill to require the […]
    Sam Gibbons: Born: 1920-01-20 - Died: 2012-10-10
    Sam Gibbons was a well-known political figure from Tampa Florida. Gibbons was known for his active roles in the Florida State House of Representatives, Florida State Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Gibbons was involved with the United States House of Representatives from 1962 until 1996. During this time, Gibbons was never defeated in […]
    Christopher Stevens: Born: 1960-04-01 - Died: 2012-09-11
    Christopher Stevens was a diplomat and lawyer from Northern California. Stevens was most well-known for serving as the United States Ambassador to Libya. Prior to Stevens’ recent ambassadorship to Libya, he taught English in Morocco during his service with the Peace Corps, and earned his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of California. […]
    Nellie Gray: Born: 1924 - Died: 2012-08-13
    Nellie Gray was a well-known pro-life activist from Big Spring, Texas. She was known for organizing and leading the well-known “March for Life” movement held yearly in Washington, D.C. Prior to her involvement with the “March of Life,” Gray served as a corporal in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) at Camp Bennett during World War […]
    Gore Vidal: Born: 1925-10-13 - Died: 2012-07-31
    Gore Vidal (born as Eugene Luther Gore Vidal) was a well-known political activist, playwright, and novelist from West Point in New York, NY. Gore Vidal was mostly known for his fiction/non-fiction essays and political writings. Gore Vidal began his writing career at the age of 19 in 1946 with his first fiction novel titled Williwaw, […]
    Mary Kennedy: Born: N/A - Died: 2012-05-16
    Mary Kennedy was the wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. They were married in 1994, and filed for divorce in 2010. After that, Mary was arrested for drinking and driving. The two had four kids together. Mary, according to reports, committed suicide in her home in Mount Kisco, New York.
    Charles Colson: Born: 1931-10-16 - Died: 2012-04-21
    Charles Colson was known primarily as one of the Watergate Seven, as President Richard Nixon’s Special Counsel (and sometimes called “Hatchet Man”). During the Watergate scandal, he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Colson was the first of Nixon’s administration to go to prison, and served seven months. At some point, he became a minister […]
    Andrew Breitbart: Born: 1969-02-01 - Died: 2012-03-01
    Breitbart was an author, Washington Times commentator, and publisher. He is also known for his various appearances on various programs and being an editor for the Drudge Report website. Also in the realm of the Internet he was a researcher for Arianna Huffington, and helped launch, The Huffington Post. Breitbart also ran his own sites: […]
    Tony Blankley: Born: 1948-01-01 - Died: 2012-01-07
    Blankley was a conservative commentator, editorial page editor of the Washington Times, and Ronald Reagan speechwriter. At the time of his death Blankley was the executive vice president of the Edelman public relations firm in Washington. He was also a newspaper columnist, and on-air political commentator, for NPR, NBC, and CNN.
    Gatewood Galbraith: Born: 1947-01-23 - Died: 2012-01-03
    Gatewood Galbraith is a famous Kentucky political figure who’s never held an office, but everyone in the state knows who he is. Galbraith was known for his outspoken views on civil liberties, privacy rights, and having a direct candor when speaking on these topics. While he never blossomed as a political figure, Galbraith had a […]
    Lynn Samuels: Born: 1942-09-02 - Died: 2011-12-24
    Lynn Samuels was a political radio host. She hosted a show on SiriusXM, also made available in podcast form. From Queens, New York, she worked in radio since 1979. From 2003 to 2011, she hosted The Lynn Samuels Show from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET on the Sirius Satellite Radio channel SIRIUS Left. This […]
    Václav Havel: Born: 1936-10-05 - Died: 2011-12-18
    Václav Havel was the last President of Czechoslovakia and the first President of the Czech Republic. He was also a playwright, having written over 20 plays, in addition to a number of non-fiction works.
    Stan Case: Born: 1952-11-01 - Died: 2011-11-22
    Case was a lawyer and broadcast journalist who was probably best known as the news anchor of CNN Radio from 1985 – 2011.
    Hal Bruno: Born: 1928-01-01 - Died: 2011-11-08
    Bruno helped shape political coverage at ABC News for over 20 years. He was a frequent analyst on radio and television broadcasts alike.
    Robert Pierpoint: Born: 1925-05-16 - Died: 2011-10-22
    Pierpoint was a broadcast journalist who worked for CBS. He began his career covering the Korean War, before becoming one of CBS’ White House correspondents. Pierpoint was also tasked with also covering the State Department for CBS.
    Fred Shuttlesworth: Born: 1922-03-18 - Died: 2011-10-05
    Fred Shuttlesworth was a civil rights activist who lead the charge against segregation and other forms of racism as a minister in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy from Montgomery, Rev. Joseph Lowery from Mobile, Alabama, Rev. T.J. Jemison […]
    Charles Percy: Born: 1919-09-27 - Died: 2011-09-17
    Charles Percy was a U.S. Senator from Illinois, and a member of the Republican party. He was elected in 1966, and held office until 1985. During his time as senator, he focused on business and foreign relations.
    Kara Kennedy: Born: 1960-02-27 - Died: 2011-09-16
    Kara Kennedy was the oldest of the three children of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. Though being instantly famous for simply being a Kennedy, Kara was also a television producer and has been described as “an American professional board member.”
    Jack Layton: Born: 1950-07-18 - Died: 2011-08-22
    Layton was a Canadian social democratic politician and the leader of the Official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament. He lead the New Democratic Party from 2003 – 2011. Occasionally he served as acting mayor and deputy mayor of Toronto while on the City Council. He was also the Member of Parliament for the constituency of […]
    Betty Ford: Born: 1918-04-08 - Died: 2011-07-08
    Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren, Better known as Betty, was a former First Lady of the United States, a title she held from 1974 through 1977 during the presidency of her husband Gerald Ford. During her time as first lady she shook things up when she became very politically active. In 1978 family members staged an […]
    Osama bin Laden: Born: 1957-03-10 - Died: 2011-05-01
    bin Laden was a member of the wealthy Saudi bin Laden family and founder of organization al-Qaeda, who is most known for the September 11th attacks on the United States of America. As a result of his dealings with violent extremists, his Saudi citizenship was revoked and he was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted […]
    Geraldine Ferraro: Born: 1935-08-26 - Died: 2011-03-26
    Ferraro was a former United States House of Prepresentatives, lawyer and Democratic Party politician. She is probably most known for being the first femal Vice Presidential candidate, representing a “major” political party.
    David Broder: Born: 1929-09-11 - Died: 2011-03-09
    David Broder was a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, who wrote about national politics for the Washington Post for over fourty years. He covered every presidential convention since 1956.