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Following are short biographies on famous Republicans who have had a significant impact on the country either directly or indirectly. All of the information presented has been verified to be accurate. Notwithstanding, the biographies are short and do not fully represent the entire history of each individual. Many of the people whose biographies follow are also included in the Famous Quotes section of this website. Most people would agree that a person's own words are a reflection of that person and how they think.

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Bennett, William

William Bennett (born 1943) served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan, and as Director of the office of National Drug Control Policy, under President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1990. William Bennett is a conservative Republican who has written several books and is a political commentator.

Boehner, John

John Boehner (born 1949) was the Republican Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015. He was elected to Congress, from the 8th Congressional District of Ohio in 1990. As Speaker, he was second in line to the Presidency in accordance with the Presidential Succession Act. Prior to being elected to Congress, he served as an Ohio State Representative for five years.

Bolton, John R.

John R. Bolton (born 1948) is an attorney and served as a United States diplomat in several Republican administrations including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He is now a consultant and political commentator on international issues.

Booth, Sherman

Sherman Booth (1812 – 1904) was an editor and political organizer who was instrumental in forming the Republican Party. He became known nationally after helping to organize a jailbreak for a runaway slave in violation of the Fugitive Slave Act. For his act, he was arrested, convicted, jailed and pardoned by President James Buchanan on his last day in office.

Bork, Robert

Robert Bork (1927 - 2012) served as Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General, and Judge of the United States Court of Appeals. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to replace Justice Powell on the Supreme Court of the United States, but the Democratic controlled U.S. Senate rejected the nomination. Judge Bork was a conservative and strict interpreter of the U.S. Constitution.

Brooke, Edward

Edward Brooke (1919 – 2015), a Republican, was the first Black American to be elected to the U.S. Senate. He served from 1967 to 1979 representing Massachusetts. Prior to serving in the United States Senate, he was the first Black American to be elected Attorney General of any state. Edward Brooke earned a Bronze Star for his service during World War II and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Brown, Scott

Scott Brown (born 1959) is a political commentator on Fox, an attorney, and a former Republican United States Senator from Massachusetts. Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, he served as a member of the Massachusetts General Court and the State House of Representatives.

Buchanan, Pat

Pat Buchanan (born 1938) is an American author, broadcaster, and columnist. He worked as a speech writer and opposition researcher for President Richard Nixon and coined the phrase "Silent Majority". He was also a special assistant to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal. He suggested that the President destroy the famous tapes that eventually led to President Nixon's resignation as he faced impeachment.


Cain, Herman

Herman Cain (born 1945) is a business executive, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator who was a candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination. Herman Cain was previously Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha Branch, a senior economic adviser to the Bob Dole presidential campaign, CEO of the National Restaurant Association, and CEO of Godfather's Pizza.

Chamberlain, Joshua

Joshua Chamberlain (1828 – 1914) was a Republican and a college professor from Maine who volunteered to join the Union Army. A highly respected and decorated officer, he reached the rank of brigadier general and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary service during the Battle of Gettysburg. But for his action, the battle may have been lost by the Union. After the war he served as the Republican Governor of Maine.

Chambliss, Saxby

Saxby Chambliss (born 1943) is a retired United States Senator from Georgia and a conservative Republican. He served from 2003 to 2015.  He previously served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. Prior to that, he practiced law.

Coolidge, Calvin

Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933) was the 30th President of the United States serving from 1923 to 1929. Prior to becoming President, President Coolidge practiced law and was Governor of Massachusetts. President Coolidge, a conservative Republican, reduced taxes so that only the top 20% of earners paid federal income taxes while paying off one-fourth of the national debt. He left office as a highly popular President.

Cruz, Ted

Ted Cruz (born 1970), a conservative Republican, and was the first Hispanic to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas. Prior to his becoming a U.S. Senator in January 2013, he served from 2003 to 2008 as Solicitor General of Texas. Prior to becoming Solicitor General, he was a partner in the national law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he was responsible for the firm's Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice. Senator Cruz also previously served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General with the United States Department of Justice and as a Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush.  Senator Cruz was an unsuccessful candidate who ran for President in the 2016 Republican Primary.


Demint, Jim

Jim Demint (born 1951) is a retired conservative Republican United States Senator from South Carolina serving from 2005 until January 2013. Prior to being elected to the Senate, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Jim Demint is currently President of the Heritage Foundation.

Disney, Walt

Walt Disney (1901 - 1966) was an entrepreneur, animator, film producer, director, screenwriter, and co-founder of The Walt Disney Company and Disneyland. He was also a philanthropist, Christian, and anti-communist. In 1955, he was named Man of the Year, by B'nai B'rith, Beverly Hills.

Dole, Bob

Bob Dole (born 1923) is a former Republican United States Senator representing Kansas. He was leader of the Senate from 1985 to 1996. He was also the Republican nominee for President in 1996, losing to President Bill Clinton, and the Republican nominee for Vice President in the 1976 presidential election. Dole retired from politics after his loss and is currently special legal counsel to a law firm in Washington D.C.


Eisenhower, Dwight David

Dwight David Eisenhower (1890 - 1969), a Republican, was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. He had previously been a five-star general in the United States Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. He had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa, France, and Germany. In 1951, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO. President Eisenhower proposed to Congress the 1957 and 1960 Civil Rights Acts and signed them into law. In addition, he proposed and signed into law the bill that authorized construction of the Interstate Highway System. President Eisenhower refused to send U.S. troops to Vietnam and cautioned President Kennedy against comitting troops.


Forbes, Malcolm

Malcolm Forbes (1919 - 1990) was the publisher of Forbes Magazine which was founded by his father B. C. Forbes and today is run by his son Steve Forbes. Forbes Magazine is a business magazine that reports on finance, industry, investing, marketing, technology, and law. The magazine is commonly referred to as the Capitalist Tool.

Fortuno, Luis

Luis Fortuno (born 1960) served at the tenth Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 2009 to 2013, and as President of the Southern Governors' Association from 2011 to 2012. He is currently a member of the Republican National Committee and a partner in a San Juan law firm.

Friedman, Milton

Milton Freidman (1912 - 2006) was an American economist and author known for his support of free markets, low taxes, and small government. He was an economic advisor to Republican President Ronald Reagan.


Gingrich, Newt

Newt Gingrich (born 1943) served as Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999 and as a member of Congress from Georgia from 1979 to 1999. Speaker Gingrich was a co-author and architect of the 1994 Contract with America, which was instrumental in electing a majority of Republicans to the House of Representatives. The Democrats had controlled the House since 1954. Speaker Gingrich was an unsuccessful candidate for the 2012 Republican Party Presidential nomination. He is currently a political consultant and author. Prior to getting involved in politics, he was a history teacher.

Goldwater, Barry

Barry Goldwater (1909 - 1998) was a business owner and five term Republican United States Senator from Arizona. He was also the Republican nominee for President in the 1964 election. He was commonly referred to as "Mr. Conservative".  Prior to being elected to the Senate, Goldwater was an owner of Goldwater's, the largest department store in Phoenix, Arizona. As a highly respected leader of the Republican Party and U.S. Senator, Barry Goldwater is credited with convincing President Richard Nixon to resign during the Watergate cover-up scandal to avoid being removed from office. During World War II, Goldwater was a pilot delivering supplies to the Republic of China. Later he would retire as an Air Force Major General with experience piloting B-52 Bombers.

Gowdy, Trey

Trey Gowdy (born 1964) is an attorney, a conservative Republican, and a U.S. Representative from South Carolina. Before being elected to the House of Representatives, he was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney.

Gramm, Phil

Phil Gramm (born 1942) was a United States Senator from Texas from 1985 - 2002. Prior to serving in the Senate, he represented Texas as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives both as a Democrat, and later, as a Republican. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in the 1996 Presidential election and was senior economic advisor to John McCain's Presidential campaign in 2008. Prior to getting into politics, he taught economics at Texas A&M University and founded the economic consulting firm of Gramm & Associates.

Grant, Ulysses S.

Ulysses S. Grant (1822 - 1885) became the Commanding General of the Union Army during the American Civil War and later the 18th President of the United States. He was a member of the Republican Party.


Haig, Alexander

Alexander Haig (1924 - 2010) was a United States Army General and later Secretary of State during the Republican administration of President Ronald Reagan. He also served as White House Chief of Staff under President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford. Prior to his civilian service, he was Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and Supreme Allied Commander of Europe commanding all U.S. and NATO military forces in Europe.

Heston, Charlton

Charlton Heston (1924 - 2008) was an American actor and five-time President of the National Rifle Association. He was also an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950's and 1960's.

Hope, Bob

Bob Hope (1903 - 2003) was a comedian, actor, and philanthropist known for his many United States Organizations (USO) shows entertaining U.S. troops all over the world from 1942 to 1988. The Bob Hope Airport in Burbank was named in his honor.

Huckabee, Mike

Mike Huckabee (born 1955) was a Republican governor of Arkansas and a candidate in the 2008 and 2016 Republican Presidential primaries. He is also an author of several best selling books, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, and a political commentator on Fox.


Istook, Ernest

Ernest Istook (born 1950) is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Oklahoma and is currently a radio talk show host and Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.


Jefferson, Wallace B.

Wallace B. Jefferson (born 1963) is a Republican and the first Black Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas who was appointed in 2004 by Republican Governor Rick Perry.

Jeremiah, David P.

David P. Jeremiah (born 1941) is a conservative evangelical Christian author and the Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. He is also active in Christian radio and television.


Keyes, Alan

Alan Keyes (born 1950) is a former diplomat and black conservative political activist who has a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Kirkpatrick, Jeane

Jeane Kirkpatrick (1926 - 2006) was the first woman to hold the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan. Jeane Kirkpatrick served President Reagan as a member of his Cabinet on the National Security Council, Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and Defense Policy Review Board. Early in her life she was a Democrat but later became a Republican and anticommunist. She was a staunch supporter of Israel.


Limbaugh, David

David Limbaugh (born 1952) is an author, syndicated columnist, and conservative political commentator. He is the brother of Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh, Rush

Rush Limbaugh (born 1951) is an American radio talk show host, conservative political commentator, and author. He has the most listened to talk show in the United States with a weekly audience exceeding 15 million.  He is the brother of David Limbaugh.

Lodge, Henry Cabot

Henry Cabot Lodge (1850 - 1924) was a Republican U.S. Senator and historian. In 1890 he co-authored the Federal Elections Bill that would guarantee black citizens federal voting rights protection. The bill was blocked by Senate Democrats and never became law.


MacArthur, Douglas

Douglas MacArthur (1880 - 1964) was a general in the United States Army who was recalled to active duty in 1941 as Commander of United States Forces in the Far East, and later became Supreme Commander, Southwest Pacific Area. He accepted Japan's surrender after WWII ended. General MacArthur also led the United Nations Command in the Korean War until he was removed from command by Democratic Party President Harry Truman.

Malkin, Michelle

Michelle Malkin (born 1970) is an author, syndicated columnist, and conservative political commentator.

McCarthy, Kevin

Kevin McCarthy (born 1965) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing California’s 23rd district which includes Bakersfield in Kern County and Quartz Hill in Los Angeles County. He was first elected in 2006. Prior to serving in Congress, he served in the California State Assembly from 2002 to 2006. Prior to serving in the California legislature, he was chairman of the California Young Republicans and the Young Republican National Federation. Kevin McCarthy is the current House Majority Leader.

McCorvey, Norma (AKA: Jane Roe)

Norma McCovey (1947-2017) was the plaintiff (Jane Roe) in the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade case in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that abortion was legal and that state laws banning abortion were unconstitutional. At the time of the lawsuit, Norma McCorvey was a liberal Democrat and political activist. Later in life she became a Republican, found the Lord, expressed remorse, became a Roman Catholic, and participated in the pro-life movement. Norma McCorvey is the author of the book Won by Love where she explains her change.

Morris, Dick

Dick Morris (born 1948) is an author, political consultant, and political commentator who previously worked as a political pollster. Dick Morris was previously a political advisor to Bill Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas and later President, but later became a critic of both President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton. Morris was a supporter of Governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election and incorrectly predicted that Romney would win in a landslide against President Barack Obama.

Murdoch, Rupert

Rupert Murdock (born 1931) is founder, chairman, and CEO of News Corporation which is the second largest media conglomerate in the world. News Corporation owns Twentieth Century Fox, The New York Post, Harper Collins, Fox News Channel, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's Magazine, The Weekly Standard, and other media companies.


Palin, Sarah

Sarah Palin (born 1964) is a former Republican Governor of Alaska, author, political commentator, and public speaker. She was the Republican nominee for Vice President in the 2008 Presidential election and the first Republican woman nominated for the vice presidency. Prior to her election as governor, she served as Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska and as Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Palmer, Kyle

Kyle Palmer (1891 - 1962) was the Political Editor of the Los Angeles Times and the most influential GOP power broker in California during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. He was widely credited with engineering the rise of Richard Nixon's political career.

Phillips, Wendell

Wendell Phillips (1811 – 1884) was a Republican attorney, abolitionist, and advocate for the rights of Native Americans. He was active in the American Anti-Slavery Society and was an early advocate of women’s rights and universal sufferage.

Prager, Dennis

Dennis Prager (born 1948) is a conservative Republican, a columnist, the author of many books, a popular public speaker, and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who discusses primarily politics, ethics, and Judaism.


Ramstad, Jim

Jim Ramstad (born 1946) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota from 1991 to 2009 when he retired from Congress.

Reese, Charlie

Charlie Reese (born 1937) was a conservative syndicated columnist, whose column was widely distributed by King Features Syndicate, and an author. He is currently retired.

Roberts, Owen

Owen Roberts (1875-1955) was a Republican and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, having been nominated by Republican President Herbert Hoover. Justice Roberts was one of only three justices, and the only Republican, to vote against the executive order of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt to incarcerate nearly 120,000 Japanese of American ancestry in 1942. Of the nearly 120,000 who were incarcerated, nearly two-thirds were American citizens and many were third generation Americans. The incarceration of nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States 6-3 even though nearly two-thirds were American citizens. Not one of the people rounded up and incarcerated was accused of any crime or disloyalty.

Robertson, Pat

Pat Robertson (born 1930) is a retied Southern Baptist minister who currently serves as Chancellor of Regent University and Chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network. He unsuccessfully ran for the Republican Party's Nomination for President in the 1988 election. Pat Robertson is the Founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), ABC Family Channel, Regent University, the Christian Coalition, CBN Asia, and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). While many of his statements have made him controversial, he has been instrumental in providing millions of dollars for critically needed assistance to people all over the world.

Rove, Karl

Karl Rove (born 1950) is a political consultant and commentator for Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. He was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush and is credited with the 1994 and 1998 gubernatorial victories of George W. Bush in Texas. Rove has also provided political consulting services for U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, U.S. Senator John Ashcroft, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Texas Governor Bill Clements, and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Rumsfeld, Donald

Donald Rumsfeld (born 1932) served as United States Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford and from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush. He also served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois (1962 - 1969), as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (1969 - 1970), as U.S. Representative to NATO (1973 - 1974), and as White House Chief of Staff from 1974 - 1975. Before getting involved in politics, Donald Rumsfeld served three years in the U.S. Navy.


Sekulow, Jay

Jay Sekulow (born 1956) is an attorney, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, and conservative political commentator. He is an expert on the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States numerous times.

Stearns, Cliff

Cliff Stearns (born 1941) is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida who led the Congressional investigation into the Obama Administration's involvement in the Solyndra Scandal. He is currently a Senior Advisor and member of the International Advisory Board of APCO Worldwide which is a communications consulting firm with offices in 29 cities worldwide.

Steele, Michael S.

Michael S. Steele (born 1958) served as the first Black Chairperson of the Republican National Committee. Prior to serving in that position, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007. He was a co-founder of the Republican Leadership Council.


Taft, William Howard

William Howard Taft (1857 - 1930), a Republican, was the 27th President of the United States from 1909 to 1913 and the tenth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1921 to 1930. Prior to being elected President, he served as Secretary of War under President Theodore Roosevelt, and temporarily, as Civil Governor of Cuba in 1906.

Tancredo, Tom

Tom Tancredo (born 1945) is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado and a Conservative Republican. He is best known for his opposition to illegal immigration, advocating strict border security, and no amnesty for illegal aliens.  He is currently retired.

Terry, Randall

Randall Terry (born 1959) is a pro-life activist and founder of Operation Rescue. He is a registered Republican and member of the Roman Catholic Church. He has been arrested numerous times for protesting abortion activities.

Thomas, Clarence

Clarence Thomas (born 1948) is an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the second black person to serve on the court. He was appointed by Republican President George H. W. Bush in 1990. Clarence Thomas is considered to be the most conservative member of the Court tending to expand the power of state and local governments while limiting the power of the federal government.

Trump, Donald

Donald Trump (born 1946) has been a successful business executive and entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Trump Organization of the USA which is a major developer of prime real estate projects. He has been a strong supporter of free markets and was highly critical of President Barack Obama and Obamacare.   Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States in 2017 and is Republican.

Tubman, Harriet

Harriet Tubman (1822 – 1913) was born into slavery, escaped, and became a spy for the Union Army. Most importantly, at great risk to herself, she made 13 missions into slaveholding states to rescue more than 70 slaves using the Underground Railroad which was a network of safe houses made available by abolitionists. She was a devout Christian and supporter of the Republican Party. On April 20, 2016, the U.S. Treasury announced plans to add Harriet Tubman’s picture to the front of the twenty dollar bill, moving Democratic President Andrew Jackson, a slave owner, to the rear of the bill. The new currency will enter circulation in 2020.


Voight, Jon

Jon Voight (born 1938) is an Academy Award winning actor. He was a liberal in his early years supporting George McGovern and others on the left. In 2008, he announced that he regretted his youthful anti-war activism and support of the left, calling it the result of Marxist Propaganda. He is now a Republican and supports conservative positions on most issues.

Watts, J.C.

J.C. Watts (born 1957) is a Republican who retired after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 representing Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District. J.C. Watts is a Baptist minister and the first black person to win statewide office in Oklahoma as Chairman of the Oklahoma Corporate Commission. Prior to his career as a minister and politician, he played professional football in the Canadian Football League.

West, Allen

Allen West (born 1961) is a Republican, a Christian, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a political commentator, and a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel.

Will, George

George Will (born 1941) is a journalist, author, and newspaper columnist. In 1986, the Wall Street Journal called him "perhaps the most powerful journalist in America". He currently writes for the Washington Post Writers Group and Newsweek. George Will is also a news analyst for ABC. A registered Republican, he often disagrees with party positions.


Yoder, Kevin

Kevin Yoder (born 1976) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas and was a Kansas State Representative from 2003 to 2011.

Younger, Evelle

Evelle Younger (1918 - 1989) was a Republican who was California Attorney General from 1971 to 1979 and Los Angeles District Attorney from 1964 to 1971. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of California in 1978.





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