From Kennedy to Obama, A Look at Irish-Americans in U.S. Politics
Updated: March 19, 2013 | 11:21 a.m.
March 19, 2013 | 11:00 a.m.
Capitol Hill is marking St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday with the annual Friends of Ireland lunch hosted by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. President Obama and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will also attend. Before leaving in the evening on a trip to the Middle East, President Obama will also host a St. Patrick's Day reception in the White House's East Room.
Irish-Americans have long formed an important voting bloc in the United States, and a number of politicians of Irish descent have gained prominence—from the Kennedys to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Here’s a look at the high-profile politicians with Irish ancestry since John F. Kennedy became president in 1961.