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How’s Your Political I.Q.?: July 30-Aug. 3

Questions:

1. There is much speculation about possible reitrements from the Senate in ’08, but so far, only one U.S. senator has officially announced he will not run again next year. Can you name him?

2. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson recently announced his resignation. Under what President was the Department of Veterans Affairs created?

3. What was the last Cabinet-level deparmtnet to be created?

4. Nicholson is a former Republican National Chairman. Who was the last national chairman of a major party to serve in the Cabinet?

5. How many members of President Bush’s original Cabinet in 2001 are still Cabinet officials?

Answers:

1. Sen. Wayne Allard (R.-Colo.).

2. Under Ronald Reagan in 1989.

3. The Department of Homeland Security in 2002.

4. Ron Brown, Democratic National Chairman from 1989 to 93, who served as secretary of Commerce from 1993 until his death in 1995. 

5. One. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. 

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