5 Up-and coming Jewish Republicans
05/02/2010 - 18:46
James Besser

Politics is never ending, and so is curiosity about the Jews who are running for or who have already attained public office.

Let's face it; all but one of the Jews in  the U.S. House and Senate are Democrats. So we were wondering: what about the next generation of Jewish Republican leaders?

The Jewish Week asked Matt Brooks, the longtime executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, to name five up-and-coming Jewish Republicans who may be making news today and a lot more news tomorrow. Matt was hard pressed to limit his list to only five, but he complied, and here are his selections.

Josh Mandel, Ohio: He's a former Marine and an Iraq war veteran  – and now he's running for Ohio state treasurer 

Dan Lederman, South Dakota. There are Jews in South Dakota? Who knew? There's even one in the State House of Representatives.  

Jay Ramras, Alaska. He's a native Alaskan, he's been a member of the Alaska House and now he wants to be lieutenant governor. 

Joe Straus, Texas: he was elected to the Texas House in 2005, and by 2009 he was Speaker. That's fast work, Joe.

Ellyn Bogdanoff, Florida. She's been in the Florida House of Representatives since 2004, and now she's running for the state Senate.

Bipartisanship alert: we will offer a similar list of top  Democrats with bright political futures in the next few weeks.

- James Besser

Comments

You missed a highly successful stateswoman who will be enormous on the national agenda.....Governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle.

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