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Congressional legacies

Fewer family ties in next Congress

By Laurie Bennett

November 23, 2012 at 9:58am

Legacies have a long tradition on Capitol Hill.

Yet the number of House and Senate members with family who have also served will drop in January, from 44 to 39.

Of the 44 current members with congressional relatives, eight will not return, while three new members will begin new legacies or renew old ones.

The new members:

  • Joseph P. Kennedy III, son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II and grandson of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, will begin his first term in the House.
  • Donald M. Payne Jr. of New Jersey was sworn in last week to succeed his father, who died in March.
  • Dan Kildee of Michigan was elected to succeed his uncle, Dale E. Kildee, who is retiring after 18 terms.

Here are the current members with family connections:

Body State Member Returning
House NH Charles F. Bass, son of Perkins Bass Y
Senate AK Mark Begich, son of Nicholas J. Begich Y
House CA Brian P. Bilbray, cousin of James H. Bilbray N
House FL Gus M. Bilirakis, son of Michael Bilirakis Y
House OK Dan Boren, son of David L. Boren and grandson of former Rep. Lyle H. Boren N
House WV Shelley Moore Capito, daughter of Arch Alfred Moore Jr., who was also governor of West Virginia Y
House CA Lois Capps, wife of Walter H. Capps Y
House MO Russ Carnahan, son of Jean Carnahan and former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan; grandson of former Rep. A.S.J. Carnahan Y
House IN Andre Carson, grandson of Julia M. Carson Y
House KY Ben Chandler, grandson of Albert B. Chandler, who also served as Kentucky governor and commissioner of Major League Baseball N
House MO William Lacy Clay Jr., father of William Lacy Clay Sr. Y
House FL Mario Diaz-Balart, brother of Lincoln Diaz-Balart Y
House MI John D. Dingell, son of John Dingell Y
House TN John J. Duncan Jr., son of John J. Duncan Sr. Y
House MO Jo Ann Emerson, wife of Norvell W. Emerson Y
House NJ Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, son of Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen and cousin of Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, who served in the House and Senate Y
Senate NC Kay Hagan, niece of Lawton M. Chiles Jr., who also served as Florida governor Y
House NJ Rush Holt, son of Rush D. Holt Y
House NY Duncan Duane Hunter, son of Duncan Lee Hunter Y
House NC Walter B. Jones Jr., son of Walter B. Jones Sr. Y
Senate AZ Jon L. Kyl, son of John Henry Kyl Y
House OH Robert E. Latta, son of Delbert L. Latta Y
Senate MI Carl Levin, brother of Sander M. Levin Y
House MI Sander M. Levin, brother of Carl Levin
House IL Daniel Lipinski, son of William Oliver Lipinski Y
House FL Connie Mack IV, husband of Mary Bono Mack; son of Connie Mack III, former senator and congressman; great-grandson of Morris Sheppard, former senator and congressman N
House CA Mary Bono Mack, wife of Connie Mack IV; widow of former Rep. Sonny Bono N
House CA Doris O. Matsui, wife of Robert T. Matsui Y
House FL John L. Mica, brother of Daniel A. Mica Y
Senate AK Lisa Murkowski, daughter of Frank H. Murkowski, who was also governor of Alaska Y
Senate KY Rand Paul, son of Ronald E. Paul Y
House TX Ronald E. Paul, father of Rand Paul
House CA Nancy Pelosi, daughter of Thomas J. D’Alesandro Jr., who was mayor of Baltimore Y
Senate AR Mark L. Pryor, son of David H. Pryor, former senator, congressman and Arkansas governor Y
House AZ Ben Quayle, son of Dan Quayle, who served in the House and Senate before becoming vice president under George H.W. Bush Y
House CA Lucille Roybal-Allard, daughter of Edward R. Roybal Y
House CA Linda T. Sanchez, sister of Loretta Sanchez Y
House CA Loretta Sanchez, sister of Linda T. Sanchez Y
House MD John Sarbanes, son of Paul S. Sarbanes, former senator and congressman Y
House PA Bill Shuster, son of Bud Shuster Y
Senate ME Olympia J. Snowe, wife of John R. McKernan Jr., former congressman and Maine governor Y
House MA Niki Tsongas, spouse of Paul Tsongas, former senator and congressman Y
Senate CO Mark Udall, son of Morris K. Udall; nephew of former Interior Secretary and Rep. Stewart L. Udall; cousin of Sen. Thomas Udall; cousin of former Sen. Gordon H. Smith Y
Senate NM Thomas Udall, son of Stewart L. Udall; nephew of former Rep. Morris Udall; cousin of Sen. Thomas Udall and former Sen. Gordon H. Smith Y

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