Do You Know This U.S. Politician's Political Party?

J.P. Naomi

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Calling all political buffs! Are you ready to run for office? It's time to head across the aisle to see - and maybe even down the hall - to how well you know the playing field.

Did you know political parties didn't really exist until years after the United States Constitution was created? That's right, the Founding Fathers never even intended for American politics to be partisan! Maybe they thought we would all just get along? Maybe it was just their wishful thinking!!

Well, here we are years later with a more established political system, but with much less partisanship than intended. We've got liberal Democrats in blue on the left and conservative Republicans in red on the right. We've got politicians in the middle who have a hard time identifying as either, so we call them Independents! Now don't forget about the Libertarians, and members of the Green Party and Constitution Party. Are we missing anybody? 

You see, those were the "major" political parties, but did you know there are 38 "minor" parties? Thirty-eight! Don't worry, this quiz won't test you on all, but that fact is certainly worth noting. What's that say about US politics? We digress! 

So are you ready? Set? God Bless America? Pin that flag to your lapel, it's time to see if you can identify the political parties of these famous politicians!

Do you know Theodore Roosevelt's political party?

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. Did you know he was also the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 - 1900?

Do you know Sarah Palin's political party?

Sarah Louise Palin was the ninth governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009. A year prior, she was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States alongside presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Do you know John Kerry's political party?

John Forbes Kerry served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, he represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate from 1985 to 2013. He was also the Democratic nominee for president in 2004, but lost to President George W. Bush.

Do you know Richard Nixon's political party?

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 until 1974. He is the only US president who has ever resigned from office!

Do you know Bernie Sanders' political party?

Bernard Sanders is the junior US Senator from Vermont. To date, he is the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history!

Do you know Barack Obama's political party?

Barack Hussein Obama II was born on August 4, 1961 and became the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African American to assume the office of the president.

Do you know Dwight D. Eisenhower's political party?

Born in Denison, Texas, David Dwight Eisenhower was raised in Kansas in a large family of mostly Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. He was an Army general and became the 34th President of the United States from 1953 - 1961.

Do you know Hillary Clinton's political party?

Former first lady, US Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was the Democratic Party's nominee for President in the 2016 election. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale University.

Do you know Orrin Hatch's political party?

Orrin Hatch is an attorney and politician serving as the senior United States senator for Utah since 1977. He has been the President pro tempore of the United States Senate since 2015.

Do you know Ralph Nader's political party?

Ralph Nader was born on February 27, 1934 in Winsted, Connecticut. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard University and a well-known activist in six different presidential elections.

Do you know Rudy Giuliani's political party?

Rudolph William Louis Giuliani is the former mayor of New York City and Republican presidential candidate of the 2016 election. He currently serves as part of President Donald Trump's legal team.

Do you know Janet Reno's political party?

Janet Reno was the Attorney General of the United States from 1993 until 2001. She was the first woman to serve as attorney general and was nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Do you know Rand Paul's political party?

Randal Paul is the current junior United States senator from Kentucky. He is the son of former U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas. He is also an ophthalmologist!

Do you know Ross Perot's political party?

Ross Perot was the founder of Electronic Data Systems. As a billionaire, he ran his own presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996, later establishing the Reform Party!

Do you know George W. Bush's political party?

George Walker Bush served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He was also the 46th governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

Do you know Nancy Pelosi's political party?

Nancy Pelosi is the current minority leader of the United States House of Representatives. Since 1987, she has represented three different congressional districts in California.

Do you know John F. Kennedy's political party?

Before becoming the 35th President of the United States, JFK represented the state of Massachusetts in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. He was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

Do you know Gary Johnson's political party?

Gary Earl Johnson was the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003 as a member of the Republican Party. But did you know that he became the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 and 2016 elections? A little switcheroo!

Do you know Franklin D. Roosevelt's political party?

FDR served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. Prior to the presidency, he was the 44th Governor of New York, and assistant secretary of the Navy.

Do you know Madeline Albright's political party?

Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright was the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. She served from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.

Do you know Herbert Hoover's political party?

Herbert Hoover was born on August 10, 1874. He became the 31st President of the United States. He died on October 20, 1964 in New York City.

Do you know Jill Stein's political party?

Jill Ellen Stein is a physician, activist and politician. She was the Green Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She was an unsuccessful candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010!

Do you know Joe Biden's political party?

Joseph Biden Jr. served as the 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented Delaware as a U.S. Senator from 1973 to 2009.

Do you know John McCain's political party?

John Sidney McCain III was born on August 29, 1936 and became a United States Senator from Arizona in 1987. He was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election but lost to Barack Obama.

Do you know Condoleezza Rice's political party?

Republican Condi Rice was the 66th Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and though she is a Republican today, she identified as a Democrat prior to 1982!

Do you know Bill Clinton's political party?

Bill Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 - 2001. He defeated Republican opponent George H. W. Bush in the 1992 presidential election.

Do you know Marco Rubio's political party?

Born in Miami, Florida, Marco Rubio is currently one of four Latino Americans serving in the Senate. He ran unsuccessfully against Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for the presidential election in 2016.

Do you know Al Sharpton's political party?

Al Sharpton is a Baptist minister and former White House adviser to President Obama. In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election.

Do you know Jeb Bush's political party?

Did you know Jeb's nickname simply comes from his initials? His full name is John Ellis Bush Sr.! He served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, and is the second son of former President George H.W. Bush.

Do you know Elizabeth Warren's political party?

Elizabeth Warren has been a member of the Democratic Party since 1996, prior to that she identified as a Republican. Today, she is popular among American progressives.

Do you know Nikki Haley's political party?

Nimrata "Nikki" Haley is the 29th and current United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She served as the 116th governor of South Carolina and is a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Do you know Colin Powell's political party?

Colin Luther Powell is a retired four-star general in the United States Army and former US Secretary of State. He served in this office under George W. Bush from 2001 - 2005.

Do you know Paul Ryan's political party?

Paul Davis Ryan Jr. was born in 1970 and is the current and 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Do you recall that he ran alongside Mitt Romney as the Republican Party's nominee for Vice President in 2012?

Do you know William Weld's political party?

William Floyd Weld served as the 68th Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. He was the Libertarian Party's nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election and ran alongside Gary Johnson.

Do you know Michele Bachmann's political party?

Michele Bachmann was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Prior to that, she served as the US representative for Minnesota's 6th district.

Do you know Ronald Reagan's political party?

Ronald Reagan served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989, as well as the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975. Prior to that, did you know that he was a Hollywood actor and union leader? Guess he had something in common with another former Governor of California ... "I'll be back!"

Do you know Howard Dean's political party?

Howard Dean was born in East Hampton, New York on November 17, 1948. He served as the chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 - 2009.

Do you know Cynthia McKinney's political party?

Cynthia McKinney was the first black woman elected to represent Georgia in the US House of Representatives. A former Democrat, McKinney ran as the presidential candidate of the Green Party in 2008.

Do you know Jimmy Carter's political party?

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Jr. was born on October 1, 1924 and served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. Did you know he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002?

Do you know Gabrielle Giffords' political party?

Gabby Giffords represented Arizona's 8th congressional district from 2007 - 2012. She was forced to resign following an assassination attempt which left her with a severe brain injury.

Do you know Chuck Hagel's political party?

Chuck Hagel served as a United States senator from Nebraska from 1997 to 2009. He also, as a Republican, served as the 24th United States Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2015 in the Obama administration! Talk about bi-partisanship!

Do you know Joe Lieberman's political party?

Joseph Isadore Lieberman was a United States senator from Connecticut from 1989 to 2013. He is a former member of the Democratic Party and was the party's nominee for Vice President in the 2000 election. He became an independent in 2006.

Do you know Al Gore's political party?

Al Gore served as the 45th Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001 alongside President Bill Clinton. In 2007, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental work.

Do you know Chris Christie's political party?

Chris Christie is the 55th governor of New Jersey. He also chairs the Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission, a position appointed by President Trump.

Do you know Gerald Ford's political party?

Did you know Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was born Leslie Lynch King Jr.? He served as the 38th President of the United States from 1974 - 1977. He was succeeded by Jimmy Carter, a Democrat.

Do you know Ron Paul's political party?

Ronald Paul was the U.S. Representative for Texas' 14th and 22nd congressional districts from 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1985 and then again from 1997 - 2013. He has sought the presidency of the United States on three different occasions - twice as a Republican and once as a Libertarian.

Do you know Mitt Romney's political party?

Mitt Romney was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. He was also the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election, which he lost to President Barack Obama.

Do you know Cheri Honkala's political party?

Green Party member Cheri Honkala was born on January 12, 1963 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is best known for being the Green Party's nominee for vice president in the 2012 US presidential election.

Do you know Tip O'Neill's political party?

Tip O'Neill was the 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. A strong Democrat, he is remembered for reaching across the aisle. He is the only Speaker to have served five complete consecutive Congresses!

Do you know Barbara Boxer's political party?

Barbara Boxer was born in Brooklyn, New York and later became a US representative AND senator from California. She served as a representative from 1983 - 1993 and then as a senator from 1993 - 2017.

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