Famous American Lawyers

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Johnnie Cochran
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Birthdate: October 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Died: March 29, 2005
Johnnie Cochran was an American civil activist and lawyer. Cochran played an important role in the acquittal of former football player O. J. Simpson in connection with the murder of the latter's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. Cochran had also represented other celebrities like Michael Jackson, Sean Combs, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Riddick Bowe, and Jim Brown to name a few.

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Thurgood Marshall
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1967-1991))

Thurgood Marshall
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Birthdate: July 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 24, 1993

The first African-American member of the US Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall was an associate justice from 1967 to 1991. Earlier as an attorney, he fought for the abolishment of racial segregation in American public schools. He was also a strong proponent of individual rights. A symbol of black icon, there are numerous memorials in America to honour his legacy.

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Rudy Giuliani
(Former Mayor of New York City)

Rudy Giuliani
5
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: East Flatbush, New York, United States

American politician Rudy Giuliani, who served as the Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, received major attention and praise for his handling of crisis in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in his city. He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in December 2001 for his efforts. However, there have also been allegations of corruption against him.

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Douglas Emhoff
(Lawyer, Husband of Kamala Harris)

Douglas Emhoff
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: New York
A litigator and strategic advisor, Douglas Emhoff has years of experience behind him and is currently a partner at the prominent DLA Piper Law Firm with specialty in entertainment and intellectual property law. Husband of 2020 US vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, he is highly supportive of his wife’s political career.
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Clarence Thomas
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Clarence Thomas
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Birthdate: June 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montgomery, Georgia, United States

The second African-American justice to serve on the Supreme Court of America, the appointment of Clarence Thomas in 1991 was controversial. He was accused of sexual harassment by lawyer Anita Hill in public hearings, but was eventually cleared. He is on the conservative side of the court and has been criticised by liberals for opposing issues like gay marriage.

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Ron DeSantis
(Governor of Florida)

Ron DeSantis
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Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

The current governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis became the youngest incumbent governor of a US state at the age of 42. Also an attorney and naval officer, Ron DeSantis was honored with the Bronze Star Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his military service.

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Marcia Clark
(Prosecutor, Writer)

Marcia Clark
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Birthdate: August 31, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alameda, California, United States

Marcia Clark is best known as the lead prosecutor of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. She has also written several books, including novels from the Rachel Knight series and the Samantha Brinkman series and a non-fiction about the Simpson case. She has also written crime articles for The Daily Beast.

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Robert Mueller
(Director of FBI (2001-2013))

Robert Mueller
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Birthdate: August 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Republican attorney Robert Mueller served as the sixth and the second-longest-serving FBI director, from 2001 to 2013. He was also the special counsel for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. His service in the Vietnam War earned him the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Star.

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Marco Rubio
(United States Senator from Florida (Since 2011))

Marco Rubio
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Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Florida senator Marco Rubio also chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Small Business Committee. He was chosen to state the Republican response to Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address. He has immense support from the Republican Tea Party activists and caters mostly to Latin American voters.

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Judith Sheindlin
(TV personality)

Judith Sheindlin
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Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.

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Martin D. Ginsburg
(Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Husband)

Martin D. Ginsburg
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Birthdate: June 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City
Died: June 27, 2010

Martin D. Ginsburg was one of the most successful tax attorneys and the husband of U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Apart from serving as a lawyer, Martin also taught at several prestigious law schools, such as New York University Law School, Columbia Law School, and Harvard Law School. After representing business magnate Ross Perot in a case, the two became good friends.

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Joe Kennedy III
(Politician)

Joe Kennedy III
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Birthdate: October 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brighton, Massachusetts, United States

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Stephen Breyer
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Stephen Breyer
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Birthdate: August 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Stephen Breyer is an American lawyer, legal scholar, and jurist. Since August 1994, Breyer has been serving as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court after being nominated by President Bill Clinton in May 1994. He is also credited with writing several influential textbooks while working as a lecturer and law professor at Harvard Law School in the 1960s. 

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Kirsten Gillibrand
(Member of the United States Senate)

Kirsten Gillibrand
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Birthdate: December 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States

Lawyer and politician Kirsten Gillibrand is a member of the Democratic Party. Since 2009, she has served as the junior United States Senator from New York. An alumnus of the UCLA School of Law, she practiced law for a few years before entering politics. She is known for speaking against sexual harassment.

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Neil Gorsuch
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Neil Gorsuch
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Birthdate: August 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
The Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch earlier served as the Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was also in private practice. He is an adherent of originalism in constitutional interpretation and textualism in statutory interpretation. His landmark judgements include upholding the LGBTQ rights and favouring the Yakama Nation.

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Maya Harris
(Lawyer, Political scientist, Writer)

Maya Harris
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Birthdate: January 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, United States

A lawyer, law professor, political analyst and a civil rights activist, Maya Harris’s list of achievements is huge. One of the youngest in the US to become a law school dean, Maya Harris has worked with Hillary Clinton and her own sister Kamala Harris in their respective presidential campaigns.

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F. Lee Bailey
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Birthdate: June 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 3, 2021

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Anthony Kennedy
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Anthony Kennedy
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Birthdate: July 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Anthony Kennedy has served as the judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1975 to 1988 and as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. from 1988 to 2018. Kennedy has been associated with Boumediene v. Bush and various gay rights cases.

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Geraldo Rivera
(Journalist & Former Television Host)

Geraldo Rivera
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Birthdate: July 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Journalist and TV personality Geraldo Rivera is best known for hosting the talk show Geraldo. He has also been part of the TV special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults and the shows Geraldo at Large, Geraldo Rivera Reports, and The Five. He has authored several books, such as Willowbrook.

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Chester A. Arthur
(The 21st president of the United States)

Chester A. Arthur
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Birthdate: October 5, 1829
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fairfield, Vermont, United States
Died: November 18, 1886
Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. in 1881, after the assassination of President James A. Garfield, and served till 1885. Arthur represented Elizabeth Jennings Graham in the 1854 case against segregation in streetcars. He signed the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act and rebuilt the U.S. Navy.

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Kirstjen Nielsen
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Birthdate: May 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.

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Savannah Guthrie
(Broadcaster)

Savannah Guthrie
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Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

NBC News anchor and broadcast journalist Savannah Guthrie is best known for co-anchoring the show Today. She appeared in the series finale of 30 Rock. She has penned two children’s books, too. She is also a practicing lawyer and has worked with domestic abuse victims.

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Mark Levin
(Lawyer)

Mark Levin
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Birthdate: September 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Mark Levin is an American lawyer and radio personality. He hosts popular shows, such as The Mark Levin Show and Life, Liberty & Levin. Since 2015, he has been contributing immensely as the editor-in-chief of the popular American website Conservative Review. Also a well-known author, Mark Levin has written seven New York Times best-selling books.

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Katie Porter
(Politician)

Katie Porter
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Birthdate: January 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S.

Currently a member of the House of Representative from the 45th Congressional District in Orange County, California, American politician Katie Porter practiced law before taking up teaching as her full time profession. Eventually she won the 2018 election to the House and is now a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and deputy chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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Bryan Stevenson
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Birthdate: November 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milton, Delaware, United States

Lawyer and social justice activist, Bryan Stevenson, is known for challenging bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system. He advocates for the poor, fights for children’s rights, and condemns the death penalty. He is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. He was honored with the Benjamin Franklin Award from the American Philosophical Society.

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Fred Thompson
(United States Senator from Tennessee (1994-2003))

Fred Thompson
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Birthdate: August 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sheffield, Alabama, United States
Died: November 1, 2015

Fred Thompson was an American politician, lobbyist, attorney, columnist, radio personality, and actor. From 1994 to 2003, Thompson served as the United States Senator from Tennessee. As an actor, he played important roles in several films and TV series, such as Law & Order and Barbarians at the Gate.

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Sally Yates
(Lawyer)

Sally Yates
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Birthdate: August 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Lawyer Sally Yates has served as a U.S. attorney and the U.S. deputy attorney general. She was also the acting attorney general for 10 days in 2017, until she was dismissed by Donald Trump for refusing to work according to the Executive Order 13769, or the “Muslim ban.” 

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Robert Bilott
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Birthdate: August 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ohio, U.S.

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Thomas Girardi
(Attorney)

Thomas Girardi
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Birthdate: June 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Thomas Girardi is an attorney. He is credited with co-founding the Los Angeles-based law firm, Girardi & Keese, which is famous for representing plaintiffs against well-known corporations; the firm's case against Pacific Gas & Electric inspired the 2000 legal drama film, Erin Brockovich. Girardi has also appeared in the popular television series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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Ed Koch
(105th Mayor of New York City)

Ed Koch
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Birthdate: December 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 1, 2013

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Sunny Hostin
(Lawyer, Journalist and Co-Host on ABC's Morning Talk Show 'The View')

Sunny Hostin
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Birthdate: October 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Sunny Hostin is an American journalist, lawyer, and television host. She is best known for co-hosting the popular talk show, The View, for which she has received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations so far. Before appearing on TV, Sunny Hostin served as a federal prosecutor; for successfully prosecuting sex offenders, Hostin was honored with a Special Achievement Award.

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J. Christopher Stevens
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Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Grass Valley, California, United States
Died: September 11, 2012

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Preet Bharara
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Birthdate: October 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Firozpur, Punjab, India Punjab, India

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Clarence Darrow
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Birthdate: April 18, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kinsman Township
Died: March 13, 1938

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Joe Scarborough
(Former United States Representative)

Joe Scarborough
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Birthdate: April 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Joe Scarborough has represented Florida’s 1st district from 1995 to 2001. He co-hosts Morning Joe on MSNBC, with his wife. He has written several books, hosted a radio show, and also released an EP. Earlier, as an attorney, he had represented Michael F. Griffin, accused of murdering physician David Gunn.

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Alexander Acosta
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Birthdate: January 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, U.S.

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David Stern
(Businessman, Lawyer)

David Stern
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Birthdate: September 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 1, 2020

Best remembered for his contributions to the National Basketball Association, David Stern began his stint with the NBA as an outside counsel before becoming its General Counsel, eventually the Commissioner, holding the post for thirty years. Credited with broadening the NBA's audience, he made the game popular both in and outside USA and helped to found Women's National Basketball Association.

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Francis Scott Key
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Birthdate: August 1, 1779
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Frederick County, Maryland, United States
Died: January 11, 1843

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Joe Lieberman
(Politician)

Joe Lieberman
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Birthdate: February 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, United States

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Gloria Allred
(Attorney)

Gloria Allred
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Birthdate: July 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Ari Melber
(Attorney)

Ari Melber
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Birthdate: March 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Attorney Ari Melber has gained fame as a journalist on NBC News. MSNBC's Emmy-nominated show The Beat with Ari Melber has garnered an immense viewership on YouTube, too, and is now the most-watched liberal show online. Melber also won an Emmy for his coverage of the Supreme Court on MSNBC.

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Adam Silver
(Lawyers)

Adam Silver
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Birthdate: April 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rye, New York, United States

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George P. Bush
(Politician)

George P. Bush
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Birthdate: April 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.

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Christopher A. Wray
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Birthdate: December 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

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Angus King
(Politician)

Angus King
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Birthdate: March 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.

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John Dean
(Author)

John Dean
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Birthdate: October 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Akron

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Janet Reno
(United States Attorney General (1993-2001))

Janet Reno
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Birthdate: July 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: November 7, 2016

Janet Reno was an American lawyer. From 1993 to 2001, Reno served as the United States attorney general (AG) after she was nominated by President Bill Clinton. Not only was she the first woman to serve as the US attorney general, but Janet Reno was also the second-longest serving AG in the history of the United States.

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Mazie Hirono
(Politician)

Mazie Hirono
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Birthdate: November 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fukushima, Japan

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Vernon Jordan
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Birthdate: August 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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John Bel Edwards
(56th Governor of Louisiana)

John Bel Edwards
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Birthdate: September 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amite, Louisiana, U.S.

Politician and attorney John Bel Edwards is currently serving as the 56th governor of Louisiana. He is a member of the Democratic Party and has previously served as the Democratic leader of the Louisiana House of Representatives. A United States Army veteran, he once served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He is married and has two daughters.