13 prominent politicians who are 70 or over

  • Several of Washington’s top lawmakers and politicians are older than 70 years old.
  • The average American expects to retire around the age of 65, but many prominent political figures are well past that age and at the center of crucial moves on the national stage.

Despite the average American‘s expectation to retire in their mid-to-late 60’s, some of Washington’s heavyweights are hard at work well into their seventh or eight decades.

As America’s workforce grows older, these politicians are still running things in Washington.

Here are Washington’s top politicians who haven’t retired early.


Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM): 70 years old

Screenshot/ C-SpanSen. Tom Udall (D-NM) reads Coretta Scott King’s letter aloud on the Senate floor.

Source: US Senator Tom Udall


Former first lady and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: 71 years old

Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Urban Zen Foundation

Souce: Clinton Presidential Library & Museum


Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI): 71 years old

Source: US Senate


Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): 71 years old

Zach Gibson/Getty ImagesJoe Manchin.

Source: US Senate


President Donald Trump (R): 72 years old

Source: CNN


Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: 75 years old

Source: US Congress


Former Vice President Joe Biden (D): 76 years old

Mark Makela/Getty ImagesJoe Biden.

Source: President Barack Obama White House


Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): 76 years old

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesMitch McConnell.

Source: US Congress


Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-V): 77 years old

Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty ImagesSen. Bernie Sanders

Source: US Senator Bernie Sanders


House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): 78 years old

Source: CNN


Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL): 84 years old

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesSen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Source: US Senate


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): 85 years old

Source: US Congress


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): 85 years old

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