From Kennedy to Obama, A Look at Irish-Americans in U.S. Politics

March 19, 2013, 7 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.