A number of Harvard Law School graduates across the country are candidates for office in this year’s presidential and Congressional races.

In a historic first, both candidates of the major parties in the U.S. presidential election are graduates of Harvard Law School. President Barack Obama is a member of the Class of  ’91 and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney is a 1975 graduate of both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.

As the two Harvard Law School grads compete for the U.S. presidency, the list of HLS affiliates running in congressional races across the country includes 19 alumni and one HLS faculty member. In the U.S. House of Representatives, nine are incumbents and eight are challengers running for the first time. In the Senate, two HLS alumni and one HLS professor are running. Five grads already serving and not currently up for re-election: Michael D. Crapo ’77 (R-Idaho), Carl Levin ’59 (D-Minn.), Jack Reed ’82 (D-R.I.), Charles E. Schumer ’74 (D-N.Y.), and Mark Warner ’80 (D-Va.).

U.S. House of Representatives


Terri Sewell ’92 (D-Ala.) District 7

Adam Schiff ’85  (D-Calif.) District 28

Brad Sherman ’79 (D-Calif.) District 30

John Barrow ’79 (D-Ga.) District 12

Mike Pompeo ’94 (R-Kan.) District 4

John Sarbanes ’88 (D-Md.) District 4

Sander Levin ’57 (D-Mich.) District 9

Jim Cooper ’80 (D-Tenn.) District 5

Tom Petri ’65 (R-Wis.) District 6


Tom Cotton ’02 (R.), Arkansas, District 4

Juan Vargas ’91 (D), California, District 51

Ron DeSantis ’05 (R.) Florida, District 6

Alan Grayson ’83 (D), Florida, District 9

Joseph Kennedy III ’09 (D), Massachusetts, District 4

Shelley Adler ’84 (D), New Jersey, District 3

Joaquin Castro ’00 (D), Texas, District 20

Kristin Cabral ’91 (D), Virginia, District 10


U.S. Senate


HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren, (D), Massachusetts

Ted Cruz ’95 (R), Texas

Tim Kaine ’83 (D), Virginia