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Jesuit Alumni take D.C.


Fifty-three members of the 112th Congress are alumni of the nation's twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities.  Thirty-five attained graduate or professional degrees from Jesuit universities. Twelve serve in the Senate and forty-one in the House.

Here are the Senators:
  • John Barrasso, (R-WY) Appointed 2007, Elected 2008, B.A. Georgetown University (1974) and M.D. Georgetown University (1978)
  • Scott Brown, (R-MA) Elected 2010, J.D. Boston College (1984)
  • Robert P. Casey, Jr., (D-PA) Elected 2006, B.A. College of the Holy Cross (1982)
  • Richard J. Durbin, (D-IL) Elected 1996, B.S.F.S. Georgetown University (1966) and J.D. Georgetown University (1969)
  • Michael (Mike) Johanns, (R-NB) Elected 2008, J.D. Creighton University (1974)
  • John F. Kerry, (D-MA) Elected 1984, J.D. Boston College (1976)
  • Patrick J. Leahy, (D-VT) Elected 1974, J.D. Georgetown University (1964)
  • Mark Steven Kirk, (R-IL) Elected 2010, J.D. Georgetown University (1992)
  • Robert Menendez, (D-NJ) Appointed & Elected 2006, B.A. Saint Peter's College (1976)
  • Barbara A. Mikulski, (D-MD) Elected 1986, B.A. Loyola University Maryland (1958)
  • Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK) Appointed 2002, Elected 2004, B..A. Georgetown University (1980)
  • Jim Webb, (D-VA) Elected 2006, J.D. Georgetown University (1975) 
Jesuit alumni also serve as House leaders.  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) graduated from Xavier University and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) graduated from Georgetown.  You can see the rest of the house alumni by following the link.

Georgetown University leads the way with eighteen alumni, followed by Boston College (7), and the College of the Holy Cross (4).  Four schools (Creighton University, Fordham University, Marquette University, and the University of Detroit Mercy) each have 3.

Not bad. Unfortunately, neither my alma mater not current employer make the list.

At least another thirty alumni serve in the Obama administration including
  • Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (Georgetown University, 1974, PhD)
  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano (Santa Clara University, 1979, BA)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon E. Panetta (Santa Clara University, 1960, BA)
  • White House Chief of Staff William Daley (Loyola University Chicago, 1970, BA)

A few questions come to mind.

First, how does the percentage of Jesuit alumni serving in Congress today compare to previous sessions?  Is ten percent high? low?

Second, do individuals interested in public service choose to attend Jesuit colleges and universities or does the Ignatian experience cause them to pursue a life of public service?  Maybe we're doing something right.

Finally, how important is the Jesuit alumni network (current and former congressmen) in getting elected?  Are members of congress, in any way, more likely to work with each other because of their shared college experiences?  

You can see a global list on Wikipedia that includes Externado San Jose and UCA alumnus Mauricio Funes.

Date of Message: | Jan 13, 2011