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During its history, the United States has seen many families who have repeatedly produced notable politicians from their ranks, and these historic U.S. political families have had a significant impact on politics in the United States and the Americas.
Many of these families have moved to national prominence from a state or regional power base. The Kennedys, for example, are particularly associated with Massachusetts; the Long family is identified with Louisiana, the Harrisons and Lees with Virginia, the Roosevelts with New York, the Daleys with Illinois and more specifically Chicago, the Muhlenbergs with Pennsylvania, and the Tafts with Ohio. Other political families are less connected with a specific state; for example, the Bush family began in Ohio and Connecticut, but is now more closely identified with Texas and a member of the family was the governor of Florida. Kennedy family member Maria Shriver's husband Arnold Schwarzenegger was twice elected governor of California. Two Udalls currently serve in Congress from Colorado and New Mexico.
Some could argue the Clintons, associated with Arkansas and the southern United States, could also be a current, or forming, political dynasty. Members include Bill Clinton, who served as the 42nd President of the United States; wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, a former Senator from New York, unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate for 2008, 67th Secretary of State, and a potential Democratic presidential candidate for 2016; and daughter Chelsea Clinton, the latter of whom has worked for her mother's 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama, along with Clinton-sponsored charities. Through her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea is also daughter-in-law of former Democratic U.S. Representatives Edward Mezvinsky (In 2001, he was convicted of several dozen charges of fraud, and served five years in federal prison) and Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky. Bill Clinton has also supports his daughter running for president in the future. Gil Peretz, author of the book Obama's Secrets, also predicts that Chelsea Clinton will one day become "the first female President of the United States".