Pataki is the first sitting or former New York governor to run for president in nearly 50 years after Empire State governors ran in 15 of 17 cycles from 1904 to 1968.
Nine states (each with primaries) have an unblemished record in voting for the eventual Republican nominee since 1976 – and not all host contests on the back end of the calendar.
Nearly 130 U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Territorial Delegates were born in Ireland – with 40 percent serving New York and Pennsylvania.
Chris Gibson announced his retirement more than two months ago, has hundreds of thousands of dollars in his campaign coffers, but his campaign website still asks for donations.
Over the last 100 years, more U.S. Senators were born in Ohio than any other state; over 96 percent of Ohio U.S. Senators were born in the Buckeye State.
Residents in some North Dakota towns have less than half as many hours to cast their ballots as those in New York State.
Michael Grimm. Mark Sanford. Duncan Hunter. Paul Ryan. The 113th Congress is full of U.S. Representatives with television program namesakes.
New Jersey leads a pack of Northeastern and Midwestern states with the highest rate of independent and third party candidates in U.S. Senate elections over the past century.
Two congressmen drowned while in office; one former U.S. Representative drowned on the Titanic and another on Independence Day.
Although it is 43 years its junior, the Naval Academy has hosted 50 percent more commencement addresses by sitting U.S. Presidents than West Point.