Presidential Candidates 2016
 
 
 
 
2016 Presidential Candidates  
       
       








 

 


The Mechanics of Presidential Candidacies


Stage 1: The Pregame Warm Up
The process begins unofficially exactly one day after the 2012 presidential election when observers, analysts and pundits cast a wide and generous net over the whole country to kick start the elimination process. Potential candidates are determined through a multitude of factors, including, but not limited to, party affiliation, elected position (current and past), policy stances, level of success, age, temperament, personal attributes and family. The names are floated to encourage, solicit and provoke reactions from the candidates themselves, general media and other interested parties. On our part, the list of potential candidates below represents the “catch” from our metaphorical net. Our criteria for inclusion are not constrained by major party affiliation, popularity or financial strength. We aim to provide a platform for every properly invested American to present their case, and candidacy.

Stage 2: Informal Feelers, leaks and exploratory committees
The potential candidates then start testing out the waters to gauge the sentiments on the ground, and of the press and most crucially, the donor base. For established candidates with funds to spare, a more formal setup is formed, or, as they are more commonly known, exploratory committees.

Stage 3: Announcement of Candidacy
Once a candidate decides on running for president, a formal announcement is made. The announcement will be a highly polished media affair, and typically held at a historically significant or personally memorable location. The candidate is also required to register his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. For independent and third party candidates, the journey usually begins here. At this stage, we will be eliminating the potential candidates from the list and naturally, focus exclusively on the declared candidates.

Stage 4: Primaries and Caucuses
The selection of presidential nominees for president by political parties is not bound by the Constitution or any federal regulations. However, the process involved has evolved naturally over the last century, more so since the advent of national conventions of political parties. The delegates of these conventions will ultimately decide the party’s nominee for president. The selections of the delegates, meanwhile, are done through state organized primaries and caucuses.




           
           
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Democratic Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Small-business owner, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent

This retired USAF member and father of nine definitely brings something different to the table. Carter is in his eighth consecutive run for the Presidency, which he entered because he was “commanded of the Lord to enter the race to become President of the United States of America”.  

Independent Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, human rights activist

The Delaware-born Chehade is an idealist. A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Chehade is also the chairman of the non-profit organization Solidary Foundation, which is dedicated towards providing food, education and other critical support services to needy communities the world over.  

Independent Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Strong Believer in the Middle Road

Mark J. Dutter is an Independent from Spearfish, South Dakota with a strongly centrist platform, he is disappointed in both the Republican and Democratic parties, believing that candidates from each caucus put party before country, are beholden to big business interests, or both.  

Independent Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Independent and Small Businessman

A self-described “common” and “normal” person, Hendrix is a former Republican but now a registered Independent with no party affiliation. He is fiscally conservative and socially libertarian, believing in energy exploration, gun rights, gay rights and a free market.  

Independent Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Conservative Christian and 2012 presidential candidate

Residing in Springfield Nebraska, David is a lawyer who specializes in family law. Holcomb describes himself as conservative, Christian, pro-life, and pro-Second Amendment. His presidential run as an independent didn't gain much traction in 2012.  

Republican Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from New York

Representing New York's 2nd Congressional District, King has had a long and extremely successful political career. He is a former city councilman and comptroller, before being elected to congress in 1992. He represents the establishment wing of the Republican Party.  

Republican Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Conservative and Tea Party Supporter

Michael Kinlaw is a conservative Republican who has strong opinions on a number of issues. His views put him right in line with a number of other conservatives likely to run in 2016. Kinlaw has no political background and has launched his campaign in his hometown of Houston.  

Republican Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Political Organizer in the State of Florida

Mr. Larose, aka 'Super PACman', is perhaps a perfect example of the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United ruling gone awry. He has formed over 41 political parties, 600 PACs and 60 Super PACs and run for three political offices at the same time, including president.  

Independent Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Educator and Man Of Faith

Mark Pendelton is a man of the people and a person of great faith. He has stumbled and made common mistakes, and that gives him the ability to connect with ordinary Americans. His mantra is “give me one term and I will put the government back in the hands of the people.”  

Libertarian Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author, Publisher, and Radio/TV host; Libertarian Activist

The 35-year old author, publisher, and radio/TV host already has more than 15 years of political activity behind him. Perry is a textbook libertarian, advocating drastic reduction of the powers of the Federal Government, while granting more power to the individual.  

Republican Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, innovator, limited government advocate

Brian Russell is a successful entrepreneur who believes that implementing sound economic policy should be the government’s top priority. He also supports a strong military and foreign policy that presents the USA as the true leader in the free world.  

Democratic Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
CIA and U.S. Envoy with G4 Classification

Doug Shreffler is not a career politician but a man of optimism with a goal of cross-party unification. His distinctive perspective was born from his lifelong service to our country in foreign affairs with the CIA and as a US envoy with G4 Classification.  

Independent Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Computer Science and Political Studies expert

After living in nine different states, visiting twenty-nine countries all over the world, and living and studying in Africa for more than five years, the independent candidate Tami Stainfield is definitely an Anti-Globalist who has traveled the globe.  

Democratic Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Attorney, Community Leader, Advocate for the Elderly and Disabled

Michael Steinberg has built a career advocating for those left behind. He has entered the race for President to bring attention to the issues that are not being addressed and to advocate for those forgotten in Washington, especially the elderly, the disabled and our Veterans.  

Independent Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Citizen, entrepreneur, advocate for equal treatment for all

Samm Tittle is an advocate for everything that made America great. As an experienced entrepreneur, Tittle understands that when given a job and an equal playing field, an individual can achieve great things. As a citizen politician, she believes in truth in government and equal rights for all.  

Democratic Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former college football coach and 2012 presidential candidate

The former football coach turned public servant is a moderate libertarian seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016. Wells has made it clear that he isn’t afraid to call out politicians on both sides of the aisle. He finished third for the Constitution Party’s nomination in 2012.  




Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Actor, director, and activist

Which of these doesn't belong here? Good Will Hunting. Armageddon. Argo. Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative. That’s right - the award-winning actor, director and writer is now a respected human rights activist, and in the eyes of some, a political career is next on the cards.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Michigan

At 33, Mr. No, as he was known in the Michigan legislature, is the youngest member of the 2013 Republican freshmen class. Don’t let that fool you, however. Rep. Amash, the spiritual heir to Ron Paul in the eyes of many, is one of the most principled legislators in Congress.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from New Hampshire

The former New Hampshire Attorney General, who once served as chief of the homicide unit at the state’s Attorney General Office early in her career, is one of the brightest stars of the Republican Party. Senator Ayotte currently sits on five Senate Committees.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Minnesota

The three-term Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota started off her political career as a Democrat before switching to the Republican platform during her final year at Winona State. At one stage in the 2012 nomination race, she even led the polls!  

Constitution Party Potential 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Pastor, theologian, political activist, radio talk show host

Reverend Chuck Baldwin left the Republican Party in 2000 in protest against the candidacy and campaign platform of former president George W. Bush. In 2008, Dr. Baldwin became the presidential nominee of the Constitution Party.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Wyoming

The former medical doctor and president of the Wyoming Medical Society was elected to the state legislature in 2002. In June 2007, Senator Barrasso was selected to replace the vacant Wyoming Senate seat following the death of Senator Craig Thomas.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S Senator from Indiana

Senator Bayh all but severed his ties with Congressional Democrats in 2010 when he pulled out of the reelection race just a day before the filing deadline, an act that painted the mark of Judas on the man who almost became the running mate of a certain Senator Obama in 2008.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Senator from Colorado

The former Superintendent of Denver Schools was involved in one of the most intriguing and expensive senatorial elections in American history. The $30 million contest eventually saw Senator Bennet triumphing over tea party favorite, Ken Buck, by a mere 0.9%.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Current Vice-President of the United States

Prior to his election as VP, Mr. Biden was already one of the most influential men in Washington, chairing the powerful Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees for a record-breaking three terms each. The ex-Delaware Senator is also the 15th-longest serving Senator in history.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Missouri

The former seven-term member of the House was elected Senator in 2010, and since then, has quickly become one of the most influential conservatives in the Senate. The former schoolteacher is also the father of Matt Blunt, who was the Governor of Missouri from 2005 to 2009.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from California

The Brooklyn-born former journalist is a bullhorn for the liberal cause, with a long record of advocacy for the rights of minorities, women and children, and the environment. A Boxer presidential run would probably energize the liberal base in a way never seen before.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Iowa

Gov. Branstad is actually on his second stint as governor, serving for four terms previously between 1983 and 1999. His first stint ended quite spectacularly, when he left the state a record-breaking $895.9 million budget surplus.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

Sen. Brown became the first Republican Senator from Massachusetts in 38 years after winning the 2010 special election brought upon by passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy. The former JAG counsel is fondly remembered for campaigning from the back of a pickup truck in the 2010 election.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Ohio

The two-term Senator is one of the most prominent liberal figures today, which automatically makes his Senate seat a prized catch. It came as no surprise then when Senator Brown was outspent 5-to-1 by his rivals in his successful 2012 reelection campaign.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Kansas

Conventional wisdom argues that politicians aspiring for national offices must try to remain near the center. Apparently, Gov. Brownback did not get the memo. He is a proud conservative, and makes no apology about it – as evident during his short-lived 2008 presidential bid.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Mississippi

Armed with a degree in criminal justice, his adult career began as a deputy sheriff in Hinds County. While working as an insurance investigator several years later, Gov. Bryant was elected to the state legislature. 21 years on, the son of an auto mechanic was elected Governor.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Florida

Gov. Jeb Bush served as the 43rd Governor of Florida between 1999 and 2007. He is the second oldest son of former president George H. W. Bush, and is the younger brother of former President George W. Bush. Gov. Bush remains one of the most respected Republican figures today.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Washington

One of the stars of the liberal movement, Senator Cantwell is a noted supporter of union workers and the environment. The three-term Indianapolis-born Senator currently chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as the Subcommittee on Energy and Aviation Operations.  

Libertarian Potential 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Actor, Producer, Comedian, Host, Entrepreneur

The former Marine Reserve, waiter, photographer and bank teller is one of the most recognizable libertarians in Hollywood, where he has built a hugely successful career as an actor, writer, producer and host. Mr. Carey is also the minority owner of the MLS’ Seattle Sounders.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania

Senator Casey became an instant darling of the left after he steamrolled past Senator Rick Santorum, the incumbent, in the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate election. He also earned the distinction as one of the earliest endorsers of Senator Barack Obama’s bid for president.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, Fiscal Conservative, Outspoken Advocate

Jason Chaffetz is part of the young vanguard of Republican politicians with an eye towards a greater role on the national stage. The young conservative has built a political brand based on a strong believe in fiscal restraint, limited government, political transparency and a strong national defense.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Jersey

Assurances given to a number of his biggest campaign contributors held Gov. Christie back from running in 2012, despite pleas from party luminaries such as former president George H.W. Bush. However, Gov. Christie has been slowly but surely positioning himself for a 2016 run.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady

The dynamics of the 2016 presidential election will largely hinge on the former First Lady's opening gambit. Several Democratic candidates have already alluded that their decisions will be based on Mrs. Clinton's own, a decision that even the GOP will be paying a close attention to.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Oklahoma

The social and fiscal conservative maverick once famously proclaimed that he “got a flat forehead from beating my head against the wall,” due to his frustration with the spiraling federal deficit. Sen. Coburn is noted for his fierce opposition to wasteful federal spending.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Pennsylvania

Following his election as state Attorney General in 2004, Gov. Corbett launched a corruption investigation that eventually saw 22 state legislators convicted. Riding on that wave of popularity, Gov. Corbett was elected the 46th Governor of Pennsylvania in 2010.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Texas

The Houston-born Senator Cornyn graduated from high school in Japan where his father was stationed with the Air Force. The noted fiscal conservative previously served as the Bexar County District Judge, an Assoc. Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Texas Attorney General.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

The former chief of staff to Gov. Deval Patrick created a history of sorts following his appointment as interim Senator: this is the first time two African-Americans are serving in the Senate. Despite his reluctance to serve, he is seen as one of the rising stars of the party.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Idaho

The Harvard graduate was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. Six year later, Senator Crapo (pronounced cray-poh) was elected to the U.S. Senate. He is currently the ranking member of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Texas

The Harvard and Princeton-educated attorney once served as the Domestic Policy Advisor to former president George W. Bush. Noted for his formidable oratory skill, Senator Cruz is viewed by some as one of the intellectual leaders of the tea party movement.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of New York

Gov. Cuomo, whose speaking style is at times eerily similar to Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone, was once described by Elliot Spitzer as a “tough guy” with “brass knuckles.” While some may take umbrage at the characterization, his supporters may well look at it as a badge of honor.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of North Dakota

The Yale graduate returned home after obtaining his degree to help manage the family's farm in Casselton. After serving in the state legislature for 24 years, Gov. Dalrymple finally ascended to the highest office in the state following the resignation of Gov. John Hoeven in 2010.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Indiana

The two-term former Governor of Indiana, a respected proponent of fiscal conservatism within the Republican Party, decided to withdraw from the 2012 presidential nomination race due to concerns about the privacy of his family. Will he make the leap in 2016?  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of South Dakota

Raised by deaf parents in a small dairy farm in Garretson, chances are, not many would've wagered on the phenomenal success that awaited him later in life. Working his way through college as a dishwasher, bus driver and security guard, Gov. Daugaard is the archetypal self-made man.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Vermont and DNC Chairman

Gov. Dean rose into national prominence during the summer of 2003 when he ran for the Democratic nomination. He pioneered the burgeoning power of the social media to propel his candidacy - a move that was later replicated and expanded upon by the Obama campaign four years later.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from South Carolina

The rise of the tea party catapulted Senator DeMint into national prominence, and the most conservative member of the Senate became the de facto figurehead of the movement. Senator DeMint resigned from the Senate in January 2013 and is now the president of the Heritage Foundation.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff

Rhambo, as Mayor Emanuel is sometimes referred to by his detractors, first gained national prominence while serving as a senior aide in former President Bill Clinton’s campaign. The former Congressman and ballet dancer (really!) was once a civilian volunteer for the Israel army.
 

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Oklahoma

Gov. Fallin created history in 2010 when she became Oklahoma's first-ever female governor. Sixteen years earlier, the former two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives also became the state's first female Lieutenant Governor.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Nebraska

The little known Nebraskan rancher shocked many after emerging victorious in the 2012 Senate election, defeating the state Attorney General, Jon Bruning, and Treasurer, Don Stenberg, in the Republican primaries, and Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska governor, in the election proper.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Minnesota

The colorful Senator from Minnesota gained instant national attention in 2010 after making comical faces at Minority Leader Mitch McConnell while he was delivering a speech in the Senate. But the 61-year old is now better known for his strong advocacy of progressive issues.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from New York

Described once as the “hottest member” of the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid, the conversationally fluent Mandarin-speaker was first selected to the Senate in 2009 by New York Gov. David Paterson to replace the outgoing Senator Hillary Clinton.  

Independent Potential 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office

With his boyish good looks, long hair and easy charm, the former editor of the Stanford Law Review does not fit the mold of your typical politician. In 2003, he became the highest elected Green in the country after being voted President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from South Carolina

The former Colonel with the USAF JAG unit has been one of the most recognized Republican faces in the post-2012 election era. However, his reputation as a compromise broker in Congress has taken a hit over his recent conversion into a foreign policy hawk.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Florida

The former janitor, security guard, economist, lawyer, lecturer and now, member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Florida's 9th district, is one of the most articulate and aggressive liberal in Congress today.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Washington

Raised by a single mother, the story of Gov. Gregoire’s journey from a young clerk in the state corrections department to her election as Governor of the 18th largest state in the nation - alongside her battle with breast cancer - is the stuff of a perfect Hallmark movie.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of South Carolina

Gov. Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, served three terms in the state legislature starting from 2004. In 2010, with the support of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and the tea party, Gov. Haley was elected governor, the first ever woman to do so in South Carolina.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Attorney General of California

The Oakland-born Ms. Harris made history in 2003 when she became the first American Attorney General of Indian descent in the United States. Since then, Ms. Harris has been steadily gaining prominence within the progressive community with her principled stances on social issues.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Tennessee

The ex-president of the largest chain of truck stops in the state got his first taste of politics after being elected Mayor of Knoxville in 2003. Seven years later, Gov. Haslam stormed to victory in the gubernatorial election by the largest victory margin ever for a non-incumbent.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Hampshire

The former attorney left the cushy world of private practice to serve in the New Hampshire state legislature in 2004. By the end of her third term, she was elected the Majority Leader of the state senate. Two years later, the moderate Democrat was elected Governor of the state.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Nebraska

West Point graduate and Army Captain Gov. Dave Heineman is probably the most popular sitting Republican governor over the last several years. In 2006, Gov. Heineman swept into office with an incredible 74% of the votes enroute to defeating his Democratic challenger David Hahn.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Utah

Gov. Herbert was presented with the governorship in 2009 when the former governor, Jon Huntsman Jr., resigned to become the country's ambassador to China. Gov. Herbert won the office on his own right a year later after a resounding 32-point victory over Democrat Peter Corron.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Colorado

The eccentric former geologist has quite possibly the best campaign ad ever – one that featured him in a shower, fully dressed, talking about dirty politics. Gov. Hickenlooper, a Pennsylvanian by birth, previously served as the Mayor of Denver between 2003 and 2011.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Arkansas, Man of Faith and TV Personality

Mike Huckabee is an Evangelical Christian who never shies away from his faith. Since running for president in 2008, he has been a well known and popular talk show host appearing on the Fox News Channel. As 2016 approaches, Huckabee seems ready to give the presidency another try.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Utah and Ambassador to China

The 51-year old Mandarin speaking former Governor of Utah made a lot of enemies during his bid to be the 2012 Republican nominee for president. However, the charismatic technocrat's record as Governor is roundly considered as the party's best over the last three decades.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Washington

The Seattle-born father of three crowned an outstanding 24-year public service career – including a 12 year stint in the House of Representatives - by being elected Washington’s 23rd Governor in 2012. The fifth-generation Washingtonian is known as a strong advocate of green energy.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of Louisiana

Gov. Jindal created history in 2008 when he became the first Indian American to be elected a state Governor. At the grand old age of 24, the Rhodes Scholar was appointed by Gov. Murphy Foster to manage the Health and Human Services Dept., the largest department in the state.  

Libertarian Potential 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New Mexico

The ex-construction company owner governed New Mexico for eight years, during which time, the state’s deficit was wiped out - without the aid of any new tax increases. He also memorably vetoed over 750 pieces of legislations to keep a check on the state government’s spending.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Ohio

After his unsuccessful presidential bid in 2000, the nine-term member of the House took a break from politics and joined the private sector, most notably serving as the Managing Director of the now defunct Lehman Bros. His 2010 comeback saw him elected the 69th Governor of Ohio.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Oregon

Gov. Kitzhaber grabbed national headlines in 2011 when he halted the scheduled execution of a convicted murderer, announcing that he will not permit any executions in the state during his term – his third, technically, following his previous stint as governor in 1995-2003.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Minnesota

Amy Klobuchar is a two-term Senator from Minnesota, the first woman from the state elected to the Senate. The 52-year old mother-of-one is a former county prosecutor and was partner at two of the largest law firms in Minnesota.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Louisiana

The outspoken Virginia-born Senator is probably the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, and is frequently used as a legislative sounding board by her peers. Serving her third term in office, she currently chairs the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Connecticut

As a child, Gov. Malloy grew up with dyslexia, and learning and physical disabilities. As an adult, he is a renowned champion of the middle class and sound fiscal policies. Not bad at all for someone who still has trouble writing or typing – albeit, one with an elephantine memory.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Delaware

After an eleven year stint as State Treasurer, the former corporate high flyer was elected Governor in 2009, and one of his first tasks was handling the state’s $800 million budget deficit. Two years later, Gov. Markell proudly signed a balanced budget for the state.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Mexico

The former District Attorney for Doña Ana County created history when she was became the country’s first female Hispanic governor in 2011. Gov. Martinez, whose great-grandfather is Mexican freedom fighter Gen. Toribia Ortega, used to work as a security guard while in college.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Missouri

Senator McCaskill’s fierce reelection battle against Republican Todd Akin is easily one of the most eventful in 2012. The 59-year old currently chairs the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, tasked with examining wartime contracting.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of North Carolina

The former basketball referee and seven-term Mayor of Charlotte easily defeated Democratic challenger Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton in the November 2012 gubernatorial election, becoming the state's first Republican Governor in almost twenty years.  

Green Party Potential 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Representative from Georgia

The former Democrat became the first ever female Africa-American from Georgia to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives after being elected to represent the state's 4th District in 1996. She would go on to serve a total of six terms in the House.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Wyoming

Gov. Mead was picked from relative obscurity by President George W. Bush in 2001 to be the U.S. attorney for Wyoming. In 2007, he was elected to the Senate. Four years later, the rancher pumped in $1 million of his own fortune to finance his successful gubernatorial campaign.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from New Jersey

The son of Cuban immigrants is perhaps best remembered for wearing a bulletproof vest while testifying against former Union City Mayor William Musto in 1982. Despite recent allegations of impropriety, Senator Menendez remains a folk hero to many in the "Havana on the Hudson".  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Kansas

After serving eight years in the state legislature, including two years as Majority Leader, the former banker and attorney moved to the national stage after being elected to the House of Representatives in 1996. In 2010, Senator Moran was elected to the U.S. Senate.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Connecticut

After serving three terms in the U.S. House of Rep., the affable Nutmegger made the leap to the Senate after emerging victorious from a bruising election against Linda McMahon. Senator Murphy is a noted champion of liberal causes, particularly for his support of LGBT rights.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Washington

As co-chair of the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the four-term Senator from Washington is a key player in the Congressional economic debate - a sharp change from her pre-politics social and environmental activism.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

Ranked as the world's ninth most powerful woman by Forbes in 2012, the breast cancer survivor issued a record-breaking 115 vetoes during her two terms as Governor of Arizona. Her tenure received wide bipartisan praise, with Times magazine ranking her as one of America's Five Best Governors.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Florida

The former soldier, lawyer and astronaut was first elected to the Senate in 2000, and is currently serving his third term in office. Known for his moderate progressive views, Senator Nelson has been a major figure in the Sunshine State politics for over a generation.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Missouri

After serving as Attorney General for four terms, Gov. Nixon became the state’s 55th Governor in 2009 after comfortably emerging victorious in a match up against Republican Kenny Hulshof – a remarkable turnaround after his record breaking defeat to Senator John Danforth in 1988.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Maryland

There’s probably only a handful of serving governors that could rival Gov. O’Malley’s success in Maryland. Aside from overseeing a 40% reduction in crime rate, his successful legislative agenda, most notably recognition for same-sex marriages, bears testament to the fact.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Idaho

There were some who predicted the end of Gov. Otter's political career following his drunk driving conviction in 1993. However, not only has the ex-president of Simplot, the French fries giant, recovered, he is now widely seen as the flag bearer of conservative fiscal ideology.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Alaska

The self-described “hockey mom” burst unto the national consciousness following her selection as the running mate of Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Gov. Palin has since firmly established a reputation as one of the most influential conservative speakers today.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Kentucky

Sen. Paul finally emerged from the huge shadow of his larger than life father, maverick Republican Ron Paul, when he was selected to deliver the tea party response to President Obama’s SOTU address in 2013, and in the process, cementing his de facto leadership of the movement.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Minnesota

The evangelical governor came very close to be selected as the running mate of the last two GOP nominees; he was also an early contender for the 2012 nomination. Gov. Pawlenty’s ability to connect with the grassroots ensures that he will remain in contention in 2016.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Indiana

The conservative favorite, who previously served six-terms in the House of Representatives, was elected Governor in November 2012. After bowing out of the nomination race early in the previous cycle, there will be renewed calls for Gov. Pence to toss his hat in the ring in 2016.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of Texas

After his ultimately underwhelming performance in 2012, Gov. Perry, the longest serving Texas governor in history, will surely be looking forward to 2016 and launch probably his final attempt at securing the Republican presidential nomination.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Ohio

The Ohio Senator is legendary for his debate coaching ability, and was involved in the debate prep of the party’s last two presidential candidates, Sen. McCain and Gov. Romney. Outside of the debate hall, Sen. Portman is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Illinois

Despite the less than perfect circumstances surrounding his appointment as Governor, the former tax attorney managed to ride above the controversy and remarkably win the governorship on his own right in 2010 – the seventh closest gubernatorial election in history.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of State

Ms. Rice, who once dreamed about being a concert pianist, is one of the most polarizing national figures in recent years. The former Stanford professor, who had a supertanker named after her, is frequently described as former president George W. Bush's closest advisor.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Florida

Barely three years since his election to the Senate, the former West Miami City Commissioner is now viewed as one of the key players in the Republican Party. The tea party favorite is expected to feature very prominently in the 2016 presidential election. Watch this space, folks.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Wisconsin

The dashing House Budget Committee chairman, seven-term Wisconsin Congressman, and the de facto leader of the House conservatives was Gov. Mitt Romney’s running mate in his unsuccessful run for president in 2012. Rep.Ryan is expected to feature prominently again in the 2016 race.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Nevada

Former Nevada Circuit judge, state Attorney General, Chairman of the powerful Nevada Gaming Commission and two-term member of the Nevada Assembly - it would not be an exaggeration to say that Gov. Sandoval presence extends to every corner of the state government.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former US Senator from Pennsylvania

The former two-term Senator from Pennsylvania is widely expected to make another bid to be the party’s nominee for president in 2016. With a small but loyal base behind him, Senator Santorum would be looking to expand his demographic appeal over the next three years.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from New York

During a speech at a November 2013 fundraising dinner in Iowa, Schumer urged Hillary Clinton to get in the 2016 race and predicted that if she did so, she would win. This high-ranked, early endorsement for an undeclared Clinton may be the first positioning for a running mate.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Montana

The self-professed redneck is a strong advocate of legal immigration, affordable prescription drugs and national energy dependency. Gov. Schweitzer, who has been described as both folksy and blunt, once famously stamped Republican bills he had vetoed with a red-hot branding iron!  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Vermont

A graduate of Wesleyan, Gov. Shumlin is a liberal’s liberal, with a long record of advocacy for progressive causes. A strong supporter of universal healthcare, he was one of the major figures behind Vermont’s trend busting introduction of civil unions for gay couples in 2000.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Michigan

The former professor, venture capitalist, accountant and IT executive emerged from out of the blue to win the 2010 gubernatorial election. Running on a social conservative platform and gun rights, Gov. Snyder defeated his Democratic rival Virg Bernero by an impressive 18 percent.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Lawyer, speechwriter, political commentator and actor

The former speechwriter for former presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford is a noted economic commentator on the Republican speaking circuit. In acting, Mr. Stein is most remembered for his portrayal of an economics teacher in the 80s hit, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  

Green Party Potential 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate
Physician, Reformer, Environmental Activist

Jill Stein is no stranger to national politics. As the Green Party nominee in 2012, she understands the rigors of a national campaign. Stein is a fierce advocate for the environment and believes that investments in green issues can propel the American people and economy forward.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from South Dakota

The former state railroad director produced one of the biggest upsets in American politics when he stunningly defeated heavyweight Tom Daschle, the Senate Majority Leader, in the 2004 election. Senator Thune was briefly mentioned as a potential VP pick for Mitt Romney in 2012.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of West Virginia

After a distinguished 38-year legislative career, the former teacher was elected the state’s 35th Governor in 2011. Gov. Tomblin, well-known for his moderate approach to politics, surprised many in 2012 when he refused to endorse President Barack Obama’s reelection bid.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania

The former Congressman returned to Washington in style in 2010 after being elected to the Senate as part of the tea party revolution. The conservative Senator currently heads the Senate Steering Committee and is part of the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.  

Republican Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Wisconsin

Gov. Walker’s proposed Wisconsin Act 10 triggered a wave of controversy that forced a recall election in his second year in office. However, Gov. Walker prevailed and achieved the distinction of becoming the country’s first governor to survive a recall election.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Virginia

Following his term as Governor from 2002 to 2006, Senator Warner was elected to the Senate in 2008 after a crushing victory over Republican Jim Gilmore. Senator Warner currently sits on six Senate Committees and is directly involved in the debt-reduction discussion in the capitol.  

Democratic Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

Prior to 2012, Senator Warren was best known as the spearhead behind the creation of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. The former Harvard law professor, who currently sits in the Senate Banking Committee, was once named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.  

Libertarian Potential 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Libertarian activist and former Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee

The Tar Heel Libertarian has been an ever-present name in Libertarian circles and served as Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. The former sergeant with the U.S. Air Force proclaimed, “I am still a warrior, but I am not at war”, a clear indication of his anti-war stance.  


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