Atheist Declares Congressional Run

August 20, 2010

Dr. Wynne LeGrow, a retired physician and an open atheist, is the Democratic nominee for the U. S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s fourth congressional district. The district lies south of Richmond, Virginia. In the general election LeGrow will oppose nine-year incumbent, Congressman Randy Forbes. On August 18, LeGrow posted a statement, simply titled “An Atheist Running for Congress,” on the political blog site Daily Kos (


LeGrow appears to be the first major party nominee to seek federal office as a declared unbeliever, and the first to seek elected office on that basis since CFI board member Eddie Tabash’s unsuccessful bid for a seat in the California legislature in 2000. (In 2007 Congressman Pete Stark (D.-Cal.) identified himself an unbeliever, having held his seat since 1972.)

This announcement is presented for informational purposes only and should not be construed as an endorsement of any candidate in a political campaign.

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