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How’s Your Political I.Q.?: Oct. 15-19


1. Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R.-Va.) died last week at age 59. How many sitting U.S. representatives have died this year? 

2. Sen. Pete Domenici (R.-N.M.) recently became the fifth Republican senator to announce he will not seek re-election in ’08. How many of the other four can you name?

3. Domenici has served in the Senate since 1972. Who is the only Republican senator who is senior to Domenici?

4. Domenici is one of only two Republican senators elected from New Mexico since 1932. Can you name the other? 

5. What is the only race for office Domenici ever lost?


1.Two. Democrat Juanita Millender-McDoald of California, who died on April 22, and Republican Paul Gillmor of Ohio, who died on September 5. 

2. Wayne Allard (Colo.), Larry Craig (Idaho), Chuck Hagel (Neb.) and John Warner (Va.).

3. Ted Stevens of Alaska, who has served in the Senate since 1968. 

4. Former astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmidt, who served from 1976-82.  (Republican Gov. Edwin Meacham appointed himself to the Senate in 1963 but was defeated for a full term the following year.) 

5. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of New Mexico in 1970.

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