In recent months, several Rhodes Scholars have been elected to public office, or been campaigning for office, around the world - from Indiana to New Zealand.

Just since November 2011:

HOLLY WALKER (New Zealand & University 2007)
 has been elected to the New Zealand Parliament on the Green Party list.

REVD RONALD THWAITES (Jamaica & Campion Hall 1968) has been appointed Minister for Education in Jamaica.

DELROY CHUCK (Jamaica & St Catherine's 1973) has become Leader of Opposition Business in the Jamaican House of Representatives.

PETE BUTTIGIEG (Indiana & Pembroke 2005) has been elected Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

BOBBY JINDAL (Louisiana & New College 1992) has been re-elected Governor of Louisiana.

DAYNE WALLING (Michigan & St Peter's 1996) has been re-elected Mayor of Flint, Michigan.

Kingwa KamencuHolly WalkerGovernor Bobby Jindal






At the present time, amongst many other Rhodes Scholars in or seeking elective office around the world:

CRAIG SCOTT  (Maritimes & St John's 1984) is the NDP candidate for the by-election on 19 March in the Toronto-Danforth riding for the Canadian House of Commons. [Postscript - 20 March: Professor Scott has won the Toronto-Danforth by-election, and enters the House of Commons. Read more here.]

KINGWA KAMENCU (Kenya & Wolfson 2009) is running for President of Kenya.

DR HEATHER WILSON (New Hampshire & Jesus 1982) is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.

SENATOR RICHARD LUGAR (Indiana & Pembroke 1954)
is seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate, representing Indiana.

ERIC GARCETTI (New York & Queen's 1993) is running for Mayor of Los Angeles.

TONY ABBOTT (New South Wales & Queen's 1981) is Leader of the Opposition in Australia, and

(Ontario & Balliol 1969) is Leader of the Liberal Party in Canada.

Recent recognition of the contributions of Rhodes Scholars in elective office includes, for example, the award to Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island & New College 1993), General Treasurer of Rhode Island, of the Urban Innovator Award from the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership.

Revd Ronald Thwaites
For a full list of Rhodes Scholars currently in elective public office around the world, click here. If you know of other Rhodes Scholars in or seeking elective public office, please let us know by emailing

For an account of Rhodes Scholars in elective public office in June 2011, click here.

For appointments of Rhodes Scholars, click here.