Secular Elected Officials

Below are elected officials who identify with the secular community. We playfully call this list the NAAHS - "Nones," Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, Secularists – because these elected officials govern and advance public policy without theism or other supernatural beliefs. The elected officials are members of and advocates for the secular community. The issues this community cares about includes: the separation of government and religion, scientific integrity, reproductive freedom, LGBTQ rights, and civil rights for all Americans. 

"Nones" are a category used by the Pew Research Center to describe the religiously unaffiliated. Nearly a quarter of Americans are humanists, atheists, agnostics, and others who do not identify with any religion.  According to the latest Pew research, the religiously unaffiliated is the largest "religious group" in America (surpassing Evangelical Christians and Catholics).  If you just consider Americans who identify as atheists and agnostics, this community is as large as the Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, Orthodox Christian, Buddhist, Jehovah’s Witness, and Hindu communities combined!

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NAAHS by State

Arizona

Juan Mendez, Arizona State Senate (District 26), office website. Senator Mendez identifies as an atheist. He was elected in 2016 to a two-year term. Mendez served two terms in the Arizona State House (2013-2016).

Katie Paetz, President, Osborn School District Governing Board (Phoenix, Arizona), office website. Ms. Paetz identifies as a humanist. She was elected in 2014 to a four-year term.

Athena Salman, Arizona State House (District 26), office website. Representative Salman identifies as an atheist. She was elected in 2016 to a two-year term.

Beth Weisser, Kingman Unified School District, office website. Ms. Weisser identifies as a freethinker and humanist. She was elected in 2016 to a four-year term.

California

Karalee Hargrove, Morongo Unified School District, office website. Ms. Hargove doesn’t identify with any religion. She was re-re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term. This is her third term.

Colorado

Chris Kennedy, Colorado State House (District 23), office website. Rep. Kennedy identifies as agnostic. He was elected in 2016 to a two-year term.

Connecticut

Josh Elliott, Connecticut State House (District 88), office website. Rep. Elliott identifies as agnostic atheist. He was elected in 2016 to a two-year term.

Roland Lemar, Connecticut State House (District 96), office website. Rep. Lemar identifies as agnostic and humanist. He was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term. This is his fourth term.

Florida

David Maynard, Hillsborough (County) Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor (District 1), office website. Mr. Maynard identifies as a humanist. He was re-elected in 2014 to a four-year term. This is his second term.

Illinois

Howard Katz, Batavia Township (Illinois) Clerk, office website. Mr. Katz identifies as a humanist. He was elected in 2017 to a four-year term.

Dylan Parker, City of Rock Island (Illinois) Alderman (Fifth Ward), office website. Mr. Parker identifies as a humanist. He was elected in 2017 to a four-year term.

Craig Schneider, Village of Rapids City (Illinois) Board of Trustees, office website. Mr. Schneider identifies as atheist/humanist. He was elected in 2017 to a four-year term.

Maine

Pinny Beebe-Center, Maine State House (District 93), office website. Rep. Beebe-Center is a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. She was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term. She initially won this seat in a 2015 special election.

Maryland

Jamie Raskin, U.S. House of Representatives (CD-8), office website. Although he is “emphatically Jewish,” Congressman Raskin has repeatedly identified himself as a “humanist” and told the Washington Post that humanism is his philosophy.“I’ve always described myself as a humanist, because I think it’s the greatest philosophical movement in human history. Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, they’re my heroes. … I believe that there are humanists of every religious stripe.” Raskin won election to Congress in 2016 after serving a decade in the Maryland State Senate where he was Majority Whip.

Massachusetts

William Brownsberger, Massachusetts State Senate (Second Suffolk and Middlesex), office website. Sen. Brownsberger identifies as nontheist. He was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term. This is his third term. Brownsberger served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2007 to 2012.

Michigan

Marissa Postler, Wyoming (Michigan) City Council (2nd Ward), office website. Ms. Postler identifies as an atheist. She was elected in 2016 to a four-year term. 

Nebraska

Ernie Chambers, Nebraska State Senate (District 11), office website. Senator Chambers does not use a specific secular identifier. He was re-elected in 2016 to a four-year term. He has served his this position from 1971 to 2009 and from 2013 to the present.

New Hampshire

Martha Hennessey, New Hampshire State Senate (District 5), office website. Senator Hennessey is not affiliated with a religious organization. She was elected in 2016 to a two-year term. She served one term in the New Hampshire State House (2015-2016).

Brandon Phinney, New Hampshire State House (Strafford District 24), office website. Rep. Phinney identifies as an atheist. He was elected in 2016 to a two-year term. 

Tim Smith, New Hampshire State House (Hillsboro District 17), office website. Rep. Smith identifies as an atheist. He was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term. This is his third term.

New Jersey

Charlene Komar Storey, Borough of Roselle Park (New Jersey) Council (At Large), office website. Ms. Storey identifies as a humanist. She was elected in 2012 to a three-year term as the Ward 2 Council member, and in 2014 elected to a three-year term as the At Large member.

Andrew Zwicker, New Jersey General Assembly (District 16), office website. Rep. Zwicker identifies as an atheist. He was elected in 2015 to a two-year term.

New York

Christopher Schaeffer, Pomfret (New York) Town Board, office website. Mr. Schaeffer identifies as agnostic and Pastafarian. He was elected in 2013 to a four-year term.

North Carolina

Cecil Bothwell, Asheville (North Carolina) City Council, office website. Mr. Bothwell identifies as post theist. He was re-elected in 2013 to a four-year term. This is his second term.

Bob Scott, Town of Franklin (North Carolina) Mayor, office website. Mayor Scott identifies as a humanist. He was re-elected in 2015 to a four-year term. This is his second term. Previously he served 10 years as an Alderman on the Franklin Board.

Ohio

Jason Kasunick, City of Eastlake (Ohio) Council (Ward 3), office website. Mr. Kasunick identifies as humanist, freethinker, skeptic and atheist. He was elected in 2015 to a four-year term. 

Oregon

Jeff Barker, Oregon State House (District 28), office website. Rep. Barker identifies as a religious skeptic. He was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term. This is his eighth term.

Julie Fahey, Oregon State House (District 14), office website. Rep. Fahey doesn’t identify with any religion. She was elected in 2016 to a two-year term.

Diego Hernandez, Oregon State House (District 47), office website. Rep. Hernandez identifies as agnostic. He was elected in 2016 to a two-year term. Hernandez is also an elected board member of the Reynolds School District. 

Pam Marsh, Oregon State House (District 5), office website. Rep. Marsh is not affiliated with a religious organization. She was elected in 2016 to a two-year term.

Pennsylvania

Patrick Edwards, White Township Auditor (Indiana, Pennsylvania), office website. Mr. Edwards identifies as a secular humanist. He was elected in 2015 to a six-year term.  

Brian Sims, Pennsylvania State House (District 182), office website. Rep. Sims is not religious. He was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term. This is his third term.  

Vermont

Warren Kitzmiller, Vermont State House (Washington-4 District), office website. Rep. Kitzmiller identifies as humanist. He was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term.  This is his tenth term.

Rebecca White, Hartford (Vermont) Selectboard, office website. Ms. White identifies as an atheist and is a member of a Unitarian Universalist society. She was re-elected in 2017 to a two-year term.  This is her second term.

Sam Young, Vermont State House (Orleans-Caledonia-1 District), office website. Rep. Young identifies as agnostic. He was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term.  This is his fourth term.

Washington

Beth Doglio, Washington State House (District 22-2), office website. Rep. Doglio identifies as agnostic. She was elected in 2016 to a two-year term.

Strom Peterson, Washington State House (District 21-1), office website. Rep. Peterson identifies as agnostic. He was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term. This is his second term.

Wisconsin

Melissa Sargent, Wisconsin State House (District 48), office website. Rep. Sargent identifies as agnostic. She was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term. This is her third term.

Amanda Stuck, Wisconsin State House (District 57), office website. Rep. Stuck is a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. She was re-elected in 2016 to a two-year term. This is her second term.

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Former NAAHS Elected Officials

Pete Stark, a member of Congress from 1973 to 2013, was the first U.S. Representative to publicly identify with the secular community. In a 2007 press release Stark said, "When the Secular Coalition [of America] asked me to complete a survey on my religious beliefs, I indicated I am a Unitarian who does not believe in a supreme being. Like our nation's founders, I strongly support the separation of church and state. I look forward to working with the Secular Coalition to stop the promotion of narrow religious beliefs in science, marriage contracts, the military and the provision of social services."

Geoffrey Schroeder was a member of Mountain Home (Idaho) City Council from 2008 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2017.

Carolyn Tomei was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives (District 41) from 2003 to 2015 and Mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon from 1998 to 2001.

Ryan Winkle was a member of the Mesa (Arizona) City Council District 3 from 2016 to 2017.

 

Former elected officials Barney Frank, a member of Congress from 1981 to 2013, Culbert Olson, Governor of California from 1939 to 1943, and Jesse Ventura, Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003, publicly identified with the secular community after leaving political office.