In our previous post, we’ve learned some less-known facts about politicians like Donald Trump and John Kennedy. If you’re new to this type of content, I highly recommend checking out part. I of our series right here to get all the info!
Today, we’re embarking on a last journey to meet famous political figures such as Pennsylvanian Joe Biden and record-breaker Martha McSally. Let’s have a look:
Oklahoma: Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren is the first woman to ever represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate. She has been a key figure while serving as the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program during the Obama administration.
Although she had an early momentum in 2020 when she started a presidential campaign, she eventually gave in to start endorsing candidate Joe Biden.
Oregon: Mark Hatfield
During his five terms serving in Congress, Mark Hatfield became known as a liberal Republican and a pacifist. He also served as the chair of the Appropriations Committee.
Due to his position, Hatfield got deeply involved in research-related projects. Multiple institutions are named in his honor, including a research center at the National Institutes of Health, the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland.
Pennsylvania: Joe Biden
Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the 46th president of the United States first represented Delaware in the Senate. Biden had been dreaming of becoming president ever since he was attending the University of Delaware and, about five decades later, he won the Presidential elections to his opponent Donald Trump.
There’s so much to know about Biden’s remarkable career in politics, as well as his personal life and hobbies. Our Fast-Fact Tuesday series explores 20 less-known things you should know about Joe Biden, so click here to check it out.
Rhode Island: Martha McSally
Martha McSally is a tough woman: she was the first woman to become a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force who flew in combat, as well as the first female commander of a combat aviation squadron.
In 2015, the then-Trump supporter started serving as the U.S. Representative for the second congressional district of Arizona, up to 2019. She is fiercely opposing abortion and LGBTQ marriages and even voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act developed by Obama.
South Carolina: Nikki Haley
Born in Bamberg, South Carolina, Nikki Haley has been serving as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Donald Trump’s time in office. On this occasion, she has also become the first female governor of South Carolina.
Although she has been supporting Donald Trump for years, Haley had a change of heart and went against the former president especially after the Capitol Hill riot. She repeatedly declared that his actions will be ‘judged harshly by history.’
South Dakota: George McGovern
After serving as a Democratic senator, George McGovern entered the presidential race in 1972, although he lost the elections to Richard Nixon. He was born in Avon, South Dakota, the Democratic historian opposed the Vietnam War publicly for quite a long time.
During his career as a senator, McGovern served as a top example of modern national liberalism. He has been deeply involved in the distribution of national surpluses to other countries and lads that needed it.
Tennessee: Julian Bond
Originated from Nashville, Tennessee, Julian Bond is now remembered as a civil rights leader. One of his most notable actions was creating the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
He was elected as the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center and chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, whose mission is to ensure proper development for minor communities throughout the nation.
Texas: Dwight D. Eisenhower
The 34th president of our country was born and raised in Denison, Texas, Eisenhower first became the president of the Columbia University of Manhattan between 1948 and 1950.
Eisenhower has had many interesting hobbies: aside from being a passionate painter, he also became the first president to ride a helicopter in 1957.
Utah: Florence Ellinwood Allen
Allen broke political boundaries when she was elected as the first woman to serve as a judicial office in our country, as well as the chief judge on a federal court. Due to her activity, she has been included in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Allen had to win many cases in court to gain her male colleagues’ respect and achieve the position of an assistant prosecuting attorney for Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County in 1919.
Vermont: Calvin Coolidge
Shortly after former president Warren G. Harding’s tragic death in 1923, Coolidge was elected as the 30th president of the United States. During his presidency, he convinced the American population at the time that they can trust their president again.
Coolidge first became popular nationwide in 1919 when he called out the state guard to end violence which resulted from a strike by the Boston police. A year earlier, he was elected as the state’s governor.
Virginia: George Washington
The first president of our country was elected in 1789 after serving as a general in the American Revolution. Some of his decisions are still questionable (such as the 15-minute skirmish in Ohio Valley which has led to World War I).
However, Washington’s presidency remains in history as a starting point for the modern political system.
Washington: Patty Murray
Born in Bothell, Washington, Patty Murray became the first female senator to represent her state, as well as the sixth most senior member of the Senate.
The now-retired educator has been serving as the senator of United States since 1993; she has became known nationally in 2013 when she negotiated a two-year budget called the Bipartisan Budget Act in collaboration with Republican Representative Paul Ryan.
West Virginia: Cyrus Vance
Vance worked as the secretary of state under former president Jimmy Carter’s administration. During this time, he has been focusing on foreign policy especially in terms of negotiation over conflict.
Although he supported the Vietnam War when it first started, Cyrus Vance changed his opinion at the end of the 1960s; this was one of the main reasons why he resigned from office, advising the president to stop his South Vietnam advance.
Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin
Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Baldwin became the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. senate. Notably enough, she was also the first openly gay senator in our country’s political history.
Tammy Baldwin self-describes as a progressive and she continues to support LGBTQ rights, gun control and Medicare for All. She has also been working to oppose the Iraq War movements.
Wyoming: Lynne Cheney
Lynne Cheney has been serving as the second lady of our country during George W. Bush’s presidency. Born in Casper, Wyoming, Between 1986 and 1993, Cheney worked as the sixth chair of the National Endowment for the Numanities, a job that inspired her to found the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in 1995.
During her time as a second lady, Lynne Cheney has been actively trying to eliminate violent lyrics in contemporary music (including Eminem’s songs), an issue initially raised by former vice president Al Gore.