This is a page to list famous politicians or people who ran for office but didn't win, and notable political commentators. To keep the page to a manageable size, only the current US President, UK Prime Minister and German Chancellor are listed here, former holders of each office can be found at U.S. Presidents
, British Prime Ministers
and the Chancellors of Germany
Officeholders (current and former)
- Vladimir Lenin: Essentially created the Soviet Union.
- Josef Stalin: Essentially WAS the Soviet Union during the World War II and Cold War eras. And not in a good way.
- Mikhail Gorbachev: First, last, and only President of the Soviet Union and the final General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985 - 1991).
- Boris Yeltsin: First President of the Russian Federation (1991-1999).
- Vladimir Putin: President of Russia (2000-2008, 2012-present), Prime Minister of Russia (1999-2000, 2008-2012), architect of the Russian revival.
- Barack Obama: Current President of the United States of America.
- Joe Biden: Current Vice President of the United States of America; former US Senator (D-DE) from 1973-2009.
- John Kerry: Lieutenant Governor (1983-1985) and Senator from Massachusetts (1985-2013), 69th and Current Secretary of State (February 1st-Incumbent)
- Jerry Brown (D-CA): Governor of California (34th then 39th) again after 36 years when he originally took office, spent some time in between running for different offices and re-inventing himself.
- Hillary Rodham Clinton: Former First Lady (to Bill Clinton), former US Senator (D-NY) from 2001-2009, Presidential candidate in 2008 and 68th Secretary of State (2009-2013). Possibly going to run in 2016.
- Al Franken (D-MN): Saturday Night Live writer turned liberal pundit turned US Senator starting in 2009.
- Al Gore, Jr.: Representative from Tennessee from 1977-1985 (6th District from 1977-1983, 4th District from 1983-1985), US Senator (D-TN) from 1985-1993, Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton, and founder of cable TV network Current.
- Sarah Palin: Governor of Alaska from 2006-2009, 2008 Republican candidate for US Vice President.
- Ron Paul (R-TX): Representative from Texas (22nd District from 1976-1977 and 1979-1985, 14th District from 1997-2013), perennial Presidential candidate.
- Dan Quayle: Representative from Indiana's 4th District from 1977-1981, US Senator (R-IN) from 1981-1989, Vice President under George H.W. Bush.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger: '80s Action Hero turned Republican Governator of California (2003-2011)
- Donald Trump: Sometimes businessman/socialite, sometimes Reality TV host of The Apprentice, sometimes politician.
- Jesse Ventura: Former professional wrestler turned Reform (later Independence) Party Governor of Minnesota from 1999-2003.
- Henry Clay: Kentucky Congressman who made many important contributions to the nation during the 19th century.
- Jefferson Davis: President of the Confederate States of America during The American Civil War.
- Benjamin Franklin: One of America's Founding Fathers, and perhaps the most famous one who was never President. Famously appears on the $100 bill.
- Alexander Hamilton: American Founding Father and First Secretary of the Treasury. He's also on the $10.
- Hubert Humphrey (D-MN): Minneapolis, Minnesota Mayor: (July 2, 1945 – November 30, 1948). Minnesota Senator from (January 3, 1949 – December 30, 1964), he was chosen to be the 38th Vice President to Lyndon Johnson for his heavy endorsement of civil rights. In office (January 20, 1965 – January 20, 1969). Ran against Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election, but lost. He went back to the Senate and served (January 3, 1971 – January 13, 1978).
- Daniel Inouye: Former Hawaii Representative-At-Large (1959-1963) Senator (1963-2012) and President Pro Tempore of the Senate (2010-2012). Tragically passed away December 17, 2012.
- Robert F. Kennedy: Attorney General from 1961-1964, Senator from New York from 1965-1968, and a possible Democratic presidential nominee in 1968. He was assassinated before the primaries ended.
- Huey Long (D-LA): Infamous Louisiana politician of notable interest: Governor from (May 27, 1928 to January 25, 1932) and Senator from (January 25, 1932 – September 10, 1935), his Senate career was cut short by an assassination.
- Eleanor Roosevelt: Wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the longest-serving First Lady. She broke new ground when it came to the role a woman could play in politics.
- Newt Gingrich (R-GA): Speaker of the House 1995-1999, Minority Whip 1989-1995, Rep 1979-1999. Also taught history at West Georgia College, wrote Alternate History and Historical Fiction, and ran for President in 2012 (eventually losing the Republican nomination to Mitt Romney).
- Mitt Romney - Governor of Massachusetts (January 2, 2003 - January 4, 2007) financier, and son of auto executive and Michigan governor George Romney (January 1, 1963 – January 22, 1969). Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and nominee in 2012.
- Rand Paul - Senator from Kentucky (2010-Present), Ophthalmologist, and son of notable former Congressman Ron Paul. Possible contender for the Presidency in 2016.