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Washington gets a new father-son team

By Laurie Bennett

November 3, 2010 at 6:07am

When he takes his Senate seat in January, Rand Paul will join an elite fraternity of fathers and sons who have served together in Congress.

While there have been many sons who have followed their father’s footsteps to the Capitol, few have held office simultaneously.

Rand Paul’s election marks the first time that a son is in the Senate while his father is in the House. Ron Paul, an unsuccessful candidate for president, represents Texas’s 14th congressional district.

Ron Paul
Ron Paul

Other father-son teams have included Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, whose son Patrick is a congressman from Rhode Island. Patrick Kennedy announced in February, six months after his father’s death, that he would not seek re-election this year.

Another pair briefly served together in the Senate: Henry Dodge of Wisconsin served from 1848 to 1857 while his son, Augustus Dodge of Iowa, served from 1855 to 1858.

Daniel W. Voorhees
Daniel W. Voorhees

Daniel W. Voorhees of Indiana also served in the Senate during the House term of his son, Charles S. Voorhees of Washington. That was in the mid-1880s, before Washington had become a state, and the younger Voorhees served as a territory delegate.

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