Keeping It In The Family: Political Family Ties

PHOTO: With Romney on stage are, from left to right, his mother Lenore Romney, his father George Romney, and wife Ann.
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Political Dynasties are no stranger to American politics. With family ties becoming par for the course with the Adams and Kennedy clans, who knows which ones of these modern political families will go down in history.

PHOTO: Jim Wright administers the oath of office to Nancy Pelosi, June 9, 1978 as her father, Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., in wheelchair, and others look on.
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Nancy Pelosi and the Mayors

Nancy Pelosi was not always known as a Speaker of the House. When she was younger she was "the mayor's daughter." Pelosi's father, Thomas D'Alesandro, served four terms as a member of Congress from Maryland's third congressional district, and then became mayor of Baltimore from 1947 to 1959. Nancy Pelosi's brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, was also mayor of Baltimore from 1967 to 1971.

PHOTO: Chairman Michael Powell gestures as he speaks at a press conference, left, and Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state.
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Colin and Michael 'Powell Struggle'

Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, passed on his political genes to his son Michael Powell, who was appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission by President George W. Bush in 2001. Powell served until March 2005. Though father and son have both served in Washington, they've sometimes had differing politics. In 2008, Michael Powell supported the Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, his father crossed party lines to endorse Barack Obama.

PHOTO: George W. Bush, left, announces that he appointed George H. W. Bush to lead a fund-raising effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina at the White House.
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The Bush Boys

George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, father-and-son presidents, come from a long political line. George Bush's father, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. senator from Connecticut for nine years. All three of the Bush men attended Yale University and joined Yale's secret "Skull and Bones" society.

PHOTO: Senator Albert Gore Jr., makes an announcement with wife Tipper, daughter Kristin and his father, former Senator Albert Gore Sr., left.
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Al Gore First and Second

Al Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, followed in his dad's footsteps as a senator from Tennessee. Albert Arnold Gore Sr. was elected to the House in 1938, and served, with an interruption for military duty in World War II, until he moved on to the Senate in 1953. He lost to a Republican challenger in 1970, partly because of his opposition to the War in Vietnam.

PHOTO: With Romney on stage are, from left to right, his mother Lenore Romney, his father George Romney, and wife Ann.
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The Romney Clan

Business-savvy politicians George and Mitt Romney have more than a father-son political bond. Mom was involved too. George Romney was governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969; Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Mitt Romney's mother, Lenore, ran for the Senate from Michigan in 1970 but lost. Lenore's father, Harold LaFount, served on the Federal Radio Commission under President Calvin Coolidge.

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