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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 respectively.

Officeholders (current and former)

Russia/Soviet Union

  • Josef Stalin: This guy really doesn't need introductions.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev: First, last, and only President of the Soviet Union and the final General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • Vladimir Putin: President of Russia (2000-2008, 2012-present), Prime Minister of Russia (2008-2012), architect of the Russian revival.

United Kingdom

United States

  • Joe Biden: Vice President of the United States of America during Barack Obama's presidency (2009-2017), former US Senator (D-DE) from 1973-2009, Presidential candidate in 2020.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton: Former First Lady (to Bill Clinton), former US Senator (D-NY) from 2001-2009, Presidential candidate in 2008 and 2016, and Secretary of State during Obama's presidency.
  • Al Franken (D-MN): Saturday Night Live writer turned liberal pundit turned US Senator starting in 2009.
  • Benjamin Franklin: One of America's Founding Fathers, and perhaps the most famous one who was never President. Famously appears on the $100 bill.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Alexander Hamilton: American Founding Father and First Secretary of the Treasury. He's also on the $10.
  • 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-present), 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 HW 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. Current President of the United States.
  • Jesse Ventura: Former professional wrestler turned Reform (later Independence) Party Governor of Minnesota from 1999-2003.
  • Huey Long: Infamous Louisiana politician of interest: Governor from (May 27, 1928 to January 25, 1932) and Senator from (January 25, 1932 – September 10, 1935), his senatorship was cut short by an assassination.
  • Hubert Humphrey: 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).
  • 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.

Other

Pundits

Conservative/Republican-leaning

Progressive/Democratic-leaning

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