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Legacies and nepotism in Congress

Congressional 'legacies'

At least 25 members of Congress are children or descendants of earlier members. Current ''legacies'' in Congress:

Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., elected 1999, succeeding his father, John, who died in October. John Chafee served 1976-99.

Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., elected 1998 after two terms as governor. Bayh's father, Democratic Sen. Birch Bayh, represented Indiana 1963-80.

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., elected 1994. His father, John Kyl, represented an Iowa congressional district 1960-72.

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, elected 1992. His father, Wallace Bennett, won four Senate terms, serving 1951-74.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., elected 1984. Nephew of Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, great grandson of Sen. Nelson Aldrich, R-R.I. Nelson Rockefeller was vice president under President Gerald Ford 1974-77.

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., elected to the House in 1974, the Senate in 1980. His father, Democrat Thomas Dodd, served in the House 1953-57 and the Senate 1959-71.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., elected 1962. Brother of President John F. Kennedy, who served in the House 1947-53, the Senate 1953-60 and as president 1961-63; brother of Robert Kennedy, who served in the Senate 1965-68; grandson of Rep. John Francis Fitzgerald, D-Mass., who served in the House 1895-1901.

Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., elected 2000, succeeding his father, Rep. William Clay, D-Mo., who served 1969-2001.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., elected 2000. Her father, Arch Moore, represented West Virginia in Congress from 1957 to 1969, when he became governor.

Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., elected 1998, son of Rep. Mo Udall, D-Ariz., a 1976 presidential candidate and House member 1961-91.

Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., elected 1998, son of Rep. Stewart Udall, D-Ariz., who served in the House 1955-61.

Rep. Rush Holt, R-N.J., elected 1998. His father, Democrat Rush D. Holt, served 1935-41.

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-Texas, elected 1998 in a special election to succeed his father, Henry, a Texas Democrat who held the seat from 1961 until he retired in 1998.

Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y., elected 1997. His great-grandfather, Democrat James O'Leary, represented Staten Island 1936-44.

Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., elected 1996 at 26, succeeding his father. Harold Eugene Ford served in the House 1975-97.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., elected 1994. Frelinghuysen's family has supplied four New Jersey senators, diplomats and a vice-presidential nominee in 1844. His father, Peter, was a Republican in the House 1956-74.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., elected 1994, son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

Rep. Charles Bass, R-N.H., elected 1994. His father, Perkins Bass, represented New Hampshire 1955-63.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., elected 1994. His father, Walter, was a Democrat who represented North Carolina 1966-92.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., elected 1992. She succeeded her father, Edward Roybal, D-Calif., who served in the House 1963-93.

Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., elected 1988, succeeding his father, Republican John James Duncan, who served 1965-88.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., elected 1987. Her father, Rep. Thomas D'Allesandro, represented a Maryland district 1939-47 before becoming mayor of Baltimore.

Rep. Amo Houghton, R-N.Y., elected 1986. His grandfather, Alanson Houghton, R-N.Y., served in the House from 1919 to 1922, when President Harding named him ambassador to Germany.

Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., elected 1982 after his father, Robert Mollohan, served in the House 1953-57 and 1969-83.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., elected 1955 in a special election after the death of his father, John Dingell, who served 1933-55.

Source: Almanac of American Politics, Senate Historical Office, Gannett News Service research and Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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