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!

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.

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.

Ryan Winkle, Mesa City Council (District 3), office website. Mr. Winkle identifies as a humanist. He 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.

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.

Idaho

Geoffrey Schroeder, Mountain Home (Idaho) City Council, office website. Mr. Schroeder identifies as an atheist. He was elected in 2013 to a four-year term, and he also serviced in this office from 2008-2011. In addition, he is Precinct Committeeman in the Elmore County Republican Central Committee.

Illinois

Howard Katz, Batavia Township (Illinois) Clerk, will take office May 15, 2017. Mr. Katz identifies as a 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.

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.

Maryland

Jamie Raskin, U.S. House of Representatives (CD-8), office website. Rep. Raskin identifies as humanist and Jewish. He was elected in 2016 to a two-year term. Raskin served in the Maryland State Senate from 2007 to 2016.

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 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.

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.

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, PA), office website. Mr. Edwards identifies as a secular humanist. He was elected in 2015 to a six-year term.  

Vermont

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.