Midterm Madness: Dartmouth in Politics

by The Dartmouth Mirror Staff | 11/6/14 8:01pm

Tom Wolf ’71

Pennsylvania

Governor

54.90 percent of the vote

Democrat

During his Dartmouth career, Wolf took two years off to join the Peace Corps, fighting poverty in rural India. Wolf’s decision to run for governor stems from his experiences as a student at the College, he said in a January interview with The Dartmouth.

“At Dartmouth, you weren’t allowed to wait around and let things happen,” he said. “If you wanted something to be done, you got involved and you did it. That’s a key thing I took away from my three years at the College, and I think it’s something that gets to the heart of citizenship in our era.”

 

Bruce Rauner ’78

Illinois

Governor

50.77 percent of the vote

Republican

During his time at the College, Rauner played varsity football and was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. Rauner is well-known for his philanthropy at the College, funding in part Rauner Special Collections Library and Rauner Hall in the McLaughlin cluster. Rauner also endowed the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Economics position, currently held by David Blanchflower.

Ann McLane Kuster ’78

New Hampshire

House of Representatives

55.02 percent of the vote

Democrat

Kuster was a member of the third coeducational Dartmouth class, earning a B.A. in environmental policy.

 

John Kitzhaber ’69

Oregon

Governor

49.83 percent of the vote

Democrat

After a year at the University of Oregon, Kitzhaber transferred to and graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in biology. He then went on to attend the University of Oregon Medical School, after which he worked as an emergency room doctor for fifteen years.

 

Alex Mooney ’93

West Virginia

House of Representatives

47.09 percent of the vote

Republican

At Dartmouth, Mooney was a philosophy major, active with Aquinas House, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a member of the Dartmouth Coalition for Life.

“One of the things I learned at Dartmouth was how to write well,” Mooney said in a May interview with The Dartmouth Review. “I was not an English major, but you can’t graduate from Dartmouth without learning how to write well. This skills has served me well.”

 

John Carney ’78

Delaware

House of Representatives

59.26 percent of the vote

Democrat

At Dartmouth, Carney played on Dartmouth’s football and lacrosse teams, and he was involved with Aquinas House.

 

Mike Capuano ’73

Massachusetts

House of Representatives

Uncontested

Democrat

In a 2011 interview with Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Capuano said, “Dartmouth made me a progressive. I came from my own working-class, urban area: Nobody was supposed to go to college, everybody was supposed to work. No one ever thought about an Ivy League education. Dartmouth made me realize the possibilities of life, made me realize that there are ways to make the world a better place to live in and helped me learn how to do it.”