Secular Elected Officials

Just a little over 2 years ago (prior to the 2016 election) there were 5 public nontheist state legislators, because of our efforts we have over 50 today -- a 900% increase! In 2018, the Center for Freethought Equality and the American Humanist Association commissioned a poll to measure the willingness of voters to support atheist and humanist candidates. The results of the poll indicate that there is a growing preference for secular leaders, and that a majority of voters across every demographic prioritize other political concerns over issues of religious faith or lack thereof.

We playfully call this list of nontheist elected officials 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!

Get to know these elected officials, invite them to speak at your meetings and events, talk to them about issues and legislation, and look for opportunities to join them on this list -- run for public office.

If you are, or know of, additional elected or appointed NAAHS officials please contact us at info@cfequality.org.

There are four lists of nontheist elected officials below: federal, state, local, and former NAAHS.

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Federal NAAHS Elected Officials

California

Jared Huffman, U.S. House of Representatives (CD-2), office website. Rep. Huffman is a humanist and agnostic. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his fourth term. Huffman is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus.

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. He won re-election in 2018 and is serving in his second term. Raskin is a co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus.

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State NAAHS Elected Officials

Arizona

Jennifer Jermaine, Arizona House of Representatives (District 18), office website. Rep. Jermaine is religiously unaffiliated. She was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

Juan Mendez, Arizona State Senate (District 26), office website. Sen. Mendez is an atheist. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his second term. Mendez served two terms in the Arizona State House (2013-2016).

Athena Salman, Arizona House of Representatives (District 26), office website. Rep. Salman is an atheist. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her second term.

California

Bill Quirk, California State Assembly (District 20) office website. Assemblyman Quirk identifies as a scientist. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his fourth term.

Colorado

Chris Kennedy, Colorado General Assembly (District 23), office website. Rep. Kennedy is an agnostic. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his second term.

Brianna Titone, Colorado General Assembly (District 27), office website. Rep. Titone is spiritual but not religious. She was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

Connecticut

Josh Elliott, Connecticut General Assembly (District 88), office website. Rep. Elliott is an agnostic atheist. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his second term.

Roland Lemar, Connecticut General Assembly (District 96), office website. Rep. Lemar is an agnostic and humanist. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his fifth term.

Florida

Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House of Representatives (District 49), office website. Rep. Smith is an agnostic. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his second term.

Jennifer Webb, Florida House of Representatives (District 69), office website. Rep. Webb is spiritual but not religious. She was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

Maine

Pinny Beebe-Center, Maine House of Representatives (District 93), office website. Rep. Beebe-Center is a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her third term.

Maryland

David Moon, Maryland House of Delegates (District 20), office website. Del. Moon is nonreligious. He was re-elected in 2018 to a four-year term. This is his second term.

Massachusetts

William Brownsberger, Massachusetts State Senate (Second Suffolk and Middlesex), office website. Sen. Brownsberger is a nontheist. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his fourth term. Brownsberger served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2007 to 2012.

Jim Hawkins, Massachusetts House of Representatives (Bristol District 2), office website. Rep. Hawkins is religiously unaffiliated. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his second term.

Tram Nguyen, Massachusetts House of Representatives (Essex District 18), office website. Rep. Nguyen identifies as Buddhist and is spiritual but not religious. She was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

Michigan

Jeff Irwin, Michigan State Senate (District 18), office website. Sen. Irwin is a non-believer. He was elected in 2018 to a four-year term. Irwin served in the Michigan State House from 2010 to 2017.

Nebraska

Ernie Chambers, Nebraska State Senate (District 11), office website. Sen. 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.

Megan Hunt, Nebraska State Senate (District 8), office website. Sen. Hunt is an atheist. She was elected in 2018 to a four-year term.

Nevada

Heidi Swank, Nevada State Assembly (District 16), office website. Assemblywoman Swank is an atheist. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her second term.

Howard Watts, Nevada State Assembly (District 15), office website. Assemblyman Watts is an agnostic. He was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

New Hampshire

Chris Balch, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Hillsborough District 38), office website. Rep. Balch is spiritual and religiously unaffiliated. He was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

Christy Bartlett, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Merrimack District 19), office website. Rep. Bartlett is a Unitarian Universalist humanist. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her fourth term.

John Bordenet, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Cheshire District 5), office website. Rep. Bordenet is a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his third term.

Jacqueline Chretien, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Hillsborough District 42), office website. Rep. Chretien is a humanist. She was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

Sherry Frost, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Strafford District 16), office website. Rep. Frost is an atheist. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her second term.

Amanda Gourgue, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Strafford District 25), office website. Rep. Gourgue is a student of all religions but currently doesn’t practice anything. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her second term.

Martha Hennessey, New Hampshire State Senate (District 5), office website. Sen. Hennessey is an agnostic. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her second term. She served one term in the New Hampshire State House (2015-2016).

Jan Schmidt, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Hillsborough District 28), office website. Rep. Schmidt is a nontheist. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her third term. She served one term in the New Hampshire State House from 2012 to 2014.

Susan Smith, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Grafton District 8), office website. Rep. Smith is not affiliated with a religious organization. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her sixth term.

Tim Smith, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Hillsboro District 17), office website. Rep. Smith is an atheist. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his fourth term.

Wendy Thomas, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Hillsborough District 21), office website. Rep. Thomas is spiritual but not religious. She was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

Joyce Weston, New Hampshire House of Representatives (Grafton District 8), office website. Rep. Weston is an atheist. She was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

New Jersey

Andrew Zwicker, New Jersey General Assembly (District 16), office website. Rep. Zwicker is an atheist. He was elected in 2017 to a two-year term. This is his second term.

New York

Harvey Epstein, New York State Assembly (District 74), office website. Assemblymember Epstein is Jewish and agnostic. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his second term.

Oregon

Jeff Barker, Oregon House of Representatives (District 28), office website. Rep. Barker is a religious skeptic. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his ninth term.

Julie Fahey, Oregon House of Representatives (District 14), office website. Rep. Fahey doesn’t identify with any religion. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her second term.

Mitch Greenlick, Oregon House of Representatives (District 33), office website. Rep. Greenlick is Jewish and an atheist. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his ninth term.

Diego Hernandez, Oregon House of Representatives (District 47), office website. Rep. Hernandez is an agnostic. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his second term. Hernandez is also an elected board member of the Reynolds School District.

Pam Marsh, Oregon House of Representatives (District 5), office website. Rep. Marsh is not affiliated with a religious organization. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her second term.

Marty Wilde, Oregon House of Representatives (District 11), office website. Rep. Wilde is a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation and is a member of the secular community. He was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

Pennsylvania

Brian Sims, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (District 182), office website. Rep. Sims is not religious. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his fourth term.

Texas

Jon Rosenthal, Texas House of Representatives (District 135), office website. Rep. Rosenthal is an agnostic. He was elected in 2018 to a two-year term.

Vermont

Warren Kitzmiller, Vermont House of Representatives (Washington-4 District), office website. Rep. Kitzmiller is a humanist. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term.  This is his eleventh term.

Dick McCormack, Vermont State Senate (Windsor District), office website. Sen. McCormack governs with reason. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term.  This is his seventh term.

Sam Young, Vermont House of Representatives (Orleans-Caledonia-1 District), office website. Rep. Young is an agnostic. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term.  This is his fifth term.

Washington

Mona Das, Washington State Senate (District 47), office website. Sen. Das was raised in a traditional Hindi household, but is now religiously unaffiliated. She was elected in 2018 to a four-year term.

Beth Doglio, Washington House of Representatives (District 22-2), office website. Rep. Doglio is an agnostic. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her second term.

Strom Peterson, Washington House of Representatives (District 21-1), office website. Rep. Peterson is an agnostic. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his third term.

Wisconsin

Melissa Sargent, Wisconsin State Assembly (District 48), office website. Rep. Sargent is an agnostic. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her fourth term.

Amanda Stuck, Wisconsin State Assembly (District 57), office website. Rep. Stuck is a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. She was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her third term.

Wyoming

Charles Pelkey, Wyoming House of Representatives (District 45), office website. Rep. Pelkey is an agnostic. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his third term and he serves as Minority Whip.

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Local NAAHS Elected Officials

Arizona

Katie Paetz, President, Osborn School District Governing Board (Phoenix, Arizona), office website. Ms. Paetz is a humanist. She was re-elected in 2018 to a four-year term. This is her second term.

Carolyn Umphrey, Sierra Vista (AZ) City Council, office website. Ms. Umphrey is an atheist. She was elected in 2018 to a four-year term.

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

California

Frank Guzman, Pomona (CA) Unified Board of Education (Trustee Area 3) office website. Mr. Guzman is non-religious. He was unchallenged for his seat in 2015 and was appointed to a second four-year term. This is his second term.

Karalee Hargrove, Morongo Unified School District, office website. Ms. Hargove doesn’t identify with any religion. She was re-re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is her fourth term.

Colorado

Kristopher Larsen, Mayor of Nederland (CO), office website. Mayor Larsen is an atheist. He was re-elected in 2018 to a two-year term. This is his second term.

Georgia

Leonard Presberg, Fayette County (Georgia) Board of Education (District 4), office website. Mr. Presberg is a humanist and non-religious. He was re-elected in 2018 to a four-year term. This is his third term.

Illinois

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

Joe Sonnefeldt, Mount Prospect (Illinois) School Board President, office website. Mr. Sonnefeldt is religiously unaffiliated. He was re-elected in 2015 to a four-year term. This is his second term.

Michigan

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

New York

Christopher Schaeffer, Pomfret (New York) Town Board, office website. Mr. Schaeffer is an agnostic and Pastafarian. He was re-elected in 2017 to a four-year term. This is his second term.

North Carolina

Audra Killingsworth, Apex (North Carolina) City Council, office website. Ms. Killingsworth is a secular humanist. She was elected in 2017 to a four-year term.

Bob Scott, Town of Franklin (North Carolina) Mayor, office website. Mayor Scott is 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 is humanist, freethinker, skeptic and atheist. He was elected in 2015 to a four-year term.

Pennsylvania

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

Bill Leiner, Whitehall-Coplay School Board member (Pennsylvania), office website. Mr. Leiner is not affiliated with any religion. He was elected in 2015 to a four-year term and served as treasurer. He has previously served as Lehigh County Commissioner At-large and Mayor and Council member of Coplay Borough.

Vermont

Rebecca White, Hartford (Vermont) Selectboard, office website. Ms. White is 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.

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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 nontheist 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."

Cecil Bothwell was a member of the Asheville (North Carolina) City Council from 2009 to 2017.

Joe Helle was Mayor of Oak Harbor (Ohio) from 2016 to 2018.

David Maynard was a Supervisor on the Florida Hillsborough (County) Soil & Water Conservation District 1 from 2010 to 2018.

Brandon Phinney was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives (Strafford District 24) from 2016 to 2018.

Charlene Komar Storey, was an At-Large Council member of the Borough of Roselle Park (New Jersey) from 2014 to 2017 and a Ward 2 Council member from 2012 to 2014.

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, Jesse Ventura, Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003, and Lori Lipman Brown, Nevada State Senator from 1992 to 1994 publicly identified with the nontheist community after leaving political office.