Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and his son, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, made history this week. It is the first time that a son will be in the Senate while his father serves what will be his 10th term in the House of Representatives.
Both men are physicians, and while they may share the Rx pad of the Republican party, this pair doesn't always keep it in the family -- Ron Paul holds strong Libertarian views and Rand Paul has been a Tea Party favorite.
Elder Paul's presidential bid in 2008 had a lot of supporters online, but not many in most of the primaries. Interestingly, on Tuesday his son Rand received more votes for his Senate bid in Kentucky than his father did there two years ago -- and it was a wide margin. Then presidential candidate Ron Paul received 13,427 votes statewide. At final count, Rand garnered 755,061 votes Tuesday.
The Pauls replace an American political dynasty duo on Capitol Hill. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who died last year, and his congressman son Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), served at in both houses at the same time. Only months after his father's death, Patrick Kennedy decided to retire from Congress, leaving the nation's capital without a Kennedy in political office for the first time in more than 60 years.
The last time a son served in Congress at the same time as his father was in the nineteenth century when Henry Dodge of Wisconsin served in the Senate from 1848 to 1857; his son Augustus was a Senator from Iowa from 1855-1858.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the daughter of Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. (D-Md.), who served in the House from 1939 until 1947.
Here's a look at some other sons and daughters who followed in their parent's footsteps (courtesy of Fox News Channel's Brainroom):
Family Members Serving In Congress
Albert Gore Sr. served in the Senate from 1953-71; his Son Albert Gore Jr was first elected to Congress in 1976 and to the Senate in 1984, and he became Bill Clinton's Vice President in 1992
Prescott Bush served in the Senate from 1952-1963; his son George H.W. Bush served in the House as a representative from Texas
Daughters Who Directly Succeeded their Fathers in Congress
Rep. Winnifred S. Huck (R-IL) succeeded William E. Mason (R-IL, a Representative from 1887-1890; a Senator from 1897-1902; a Representative from 1917-1922).
Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) succeeded Rep. Guy Molinari (R-NY, 1981-1990).
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) succeeded Rep. Edward R. Roybal (D-CA, 1963-1993).
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL) succeeded Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-AK, 1981-2002).
Women Members of Congress Whose Fathers Preceded Them as Representatives or Senators
Rep. Katherine Gudger Langley (R-KY) daughter of Rep. James Madison Gudger, Jr. (D-NC, 1903-1914).
Rep. Ruth Hanna McCormick (R-IL) daughter of Sen. Marcus A. Hanna (R-OH, 1899-1904).
Rep. Ruth Bryan Owen (D-FL) daughter of Rep. William Jennings Bryan (D-NE, 1891-1994).
Rep. Clare Boothe Luce (R-CT), stepdaughter of Rep. Elmer Austin (R-CT, 1939-1941).
Rep. Louise G. Reece (R-TN) daughter of Sen. Guy D. Goff (R-WV, 1925-1930).
Rep. Elizabeth J. Patterson (D-SC) daughter of Sen. Olin D. Johnston (D-SC, 1945-1966).
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) daughter of Thomas D'Alesandro (D-MD, 1939-1947).
Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) daughter of Rep. Arch Moore (R-WV, 1957-1968).
Women Members Whose Children Have Served in Congress
Sen. Rose McConnell Long (D-LA), mother of Senator Russell Long (D-LA, 1948-1987).
Rep. Frances Payne Bolton (R-OH), mother of Rep. Oliver Bolton (R-OH, 1953-1957; 1963-1965).
Rep. Katharine Edgar Byron (D-MD), mother of Rep. Goodloe Byron (D-MD, 1971-1978).
Rep. Maude Elizabeth Kee (D-WV), mother of Rep. James Kee (D-WV, 1965-1973).
Rep. Irene Bailey Baker (R-TN), stepmother of Senator Howard Baker (R-TN, 1967-1985).
Rep. Carrie P. Meek (D-FL), mother of Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL, 2003-present).
Sen. Jean Carnahan (D-MO), mother of Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO, 2005-present).