Chastains in Politics


The highest elected position for a Chastain belongs to Elijah Webb Chastain, who was a United States Congressman in the 1850s. But there are many Chastains who have held state or local offices, or have been otherwise involved in politics.

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Elijah Webb Chastain, U.S. Congressman

Elijah Webb ChastainFirst and foremost among Chastain politicians is Elijah Webb Chastain, US Congressman 1851-1855. Elijah Webb was born September 25, 1813 in Pickens County, South Carolina. He moved to North Georgia with his parents in 1821 to settle on the Cherokee lands. Elijah was a Colonel in the Seminole War and in the Civil War. He was a very successful politician, serving ten years in the Georgia state senate and four years in the United States House of Representatives. He died of a tragic accident on April 9, 1874, trying to cross a swollen river on horseback.

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Jane Chastain, Sports Caster and Political Columnist
(1943- )

Jane Chastain

The five-foot-two-and-a-half Jane Chastain seems safe enough, but let her loose on a political opponent on a talk show and look out! Jane Chastain contributes a weekly political column to WorldNetDaily. Each Thursday, Jane comments on a range of issues from a conservative perspective. Her religious faith is an important part of her values, and she does not hesitate to take up religious themes from time to time as they bear on news of the day. For ten years, Jane hosted her own nationally syndicated program, "What Washington Doesn't Want You To Know." She also hosted "The Judicial Watch Radio Show" for Radio America, and was a regular panelist on "CNN & Company."

Her commitment to Republican causes is consistent with her conservative principles, but she is no blind supporter of all things Republican. She takes to task those Republicans who stray from conservative principles. Even the President suffers her disapproval on occasion. For articles on homosexuality, see Chastain Gay Issues.

Jane the SportscasterBefore becoming a political commentator, Jane Chastain made history as the first female sportscaster at both local and national levels. In 1963, she began making football predictions for an Atlanta TV station. In 1967, she went on to Miami as a TV reporter and anchor before being hired by CBS in 1974 as the first national female sportscaster. Jane covered NFL and NBA games until she became pregnant (her husband, Roger Chastain, is an industrial designer known for his innovative contributions to the automotive and model aviation industries). After that, she was assigned only junk sports, and CBS did not renew her contract for the second year. Jane then anchored sports for a Los Angeles TV station until she left sportscasting in 1978.

She broke many barriers and cleared the way for the numerous female sportscasters who were to come. Leslie Visser, another long-term woman network sportscaster, said, "She's our Jackie Robinson." Other beneficiaries of her pioneering work include Suzy Kolber, Pam Ward, and more recently Brandi Chastain, who was hired by ABC-ESPN in 2005 as a side-line reporter for soccer. Jane was no mere sports gimmick, and she surprised people on a regular basis with her sports savvy. Bernie Rosen tells the story that, "Joe DiMaggio showed up at spring training in Fort Lauderdale once and refused to talk to Jane. She said to him, 'Mr. DiMaggio, I'm going to go back and tell my boss that I didn't get the interview because I'm a woman. Would that make you happy?' DiMaggio thought about it, gave her the interview, and told her later, 'You know what? You did know what you were talking about.'"

Jane's AutographAs the first female sportscaster, Jane took flack not only from men, but women as well. Jane said, 'The feminists didn't like me because I didn't play their game. I didn't demand to be in the press box or locker room.' In another statement, she reportedly said about the locker room issue: 'I was never in favor of women going into men's locker rooms...You still will not find any men demanding access... to the females' dressing rooms. They have not allowed male reporters in there. And yet on the other side, in the male locker room, everyone is afraid to say no... I think it shows that men have more respect for women than sometimes women do for men... It makes me embarrassed for my sex, quite frankly.'

Jane's sports casting career lasted 15 years, from 1963 to 1978. She appeared on "What's My Line" on October 25, 1964 as Jane Thomas, and as a sports announcer in the 1978 movie, The Big Fix. Jane has written three books on political issues, including I'd Speak Out on the Issues If I Only Knew What to Say (1987). Her third book, Abortion, the Bible and the Church is pending as of December, 2005.

World Net Daily Jane Chastain Archives
Jane Chastain Home Page
Articles on Homosexuality
Judicial Watch Bio
The Village Voice Sports Article
Miami Herald Sports Article
Film Credits

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Troy Green Chastain, Fulton County Commissioner
(Nov 7, 1883-Aug 25,1945)

Chastain AmphitheaterChastain Park is a favorite spot for Georgians in the Atlanta area. Many special events are held at the Chastain Amphitheater. The park is named for Troy Green Chastain, who worked hard to shape the dream for the park. See more at Troy Green Chastain.

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Carl E. Chasteen (Bureau Chief)

Clay Chastain (Political Activist)

Clifton M. Shasteen (Kennedy Assassination Witness)

Donald Eugene Shasteen (Republican Politician)

Dwight Chastain (Florida Inspector General)

Elijah Webb Chastain (United States Congressman)

Gaston D. Chesteen (Assistant Chief of Joint Committee on Taxation)

H. E. "Bud" Shasteen (Libertarian Politician)

Jess Chastain (Oklahoma State Representative)

Jane Chastain (Political Columnist)

Joseph Chastain (Sheriff)

Judy K. Chastain (Mayor)

Karen M. Chastain (Deputy General Counsel)

Morris "Butch" Chastain (Mayor)

Judge Oscar Fitzallen Chastain, (Texas House of Representatives)

Richard D. Chesteen (Political Science Professor)

Ricky Chastain (Sheriff)

Sherman Chasteen (Mayor)

Tricia Chastain (State Director)

Troy Green Chastain (Fulton County Commissioner)

William Leroy Chastain (Talladega County Commissioner)

Clay Chastain (Political Activist). Clay Chastain is a long-time Kansas City activist (1991 till now) promoting specific proposals for the restoration and reuse of Union Station, Liberty Memorial, and Penn Valley Park and for light rail. After several attempts on the ballot, Clay's light rail proposal won the vote of the people in November, 2006, and the city is now working intently to review the proposal for implementation with possible modifications. See more at Clay Chastain.

Clifton M. Shasteen (Kennedy Assassination Witness). Clifton was a barber and an Irving, Texas city council member. When Clifton Shasteen saw Lee Harvey Oswald on television, he realized that Oswald had been a customer several times at his barbershop in Irving, Texas. Clifton's testimony was taken on April 1, 1964. The transcript of Clifton Shasteen's Testimony is very interesting reading. Two aspects of Clifton's testimony are relevant particularly to conspiracy theorist, John Armstrong, who contends that the Warren Commission profile of Lee Harvey Oswald is made up of two different men. Clifton's testimony, among others, contradicts the view that Oswald could not drive a car, and it also contradicts the FBI's conclusion that Oswald was in New Orleans during a key period instead of in the Dallas area. See Armstrong articles below.
November in Dallas
Evidence Not Shown
The Man Who could Not Drive
University of Minnesota Speech
Harvey and Lee

Donald Eugene Shasteen (Republican Politician). Born December 3, 1928 in Englewood, Colorado, Donald received a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1950. He married and had four children. He served as executive assistant (1966-1973) and then administrative assistant (1973-1978) to Senator Carl T. Curtis of Nebraska. When Senator Curtis retired in 1978, Donald ran for his Senate seat, but lost two-to-one to the Democratic contender, J. James Exon. So Donald became administrative assistant to Senator Gordon J. Humphrey of New Hampshire (1979-1980). Then he was co-director, Senate transition assistance, Republican Conference of the U.S. Senate (1980-1981). Under President Reagan, Donald served as Deputy Under Secretary for Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations (1981-1982) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Veteran's Employment and Training (1983-1984). On March 1, 1985 President Reagan announced his intention to nominate Donald E. Shasteen to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veteran's Employment to William Plowden, Jr. with whom Donald had worked closely. He remained Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veteran's Employment until President Bush named Thomas E. Collins, III as his replacement on June 22, 1989.

On Wednesday, July 12, 2000, more than ten years after he had left the Department of Labor, Donald Shasteen was called upon to testify before the Subcommittee on Benefits, Committee on Veterans Affairs, of the U.S. House of Representatives. In his testimony, Donald Shasteen comments on how he and William Plowden were privileged to build the agency for delivering job and job-related services to military veterans from the ground up. In fact, Donald, himself, named the organization: the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS). They learned that those in charge of distributing funds, and even those supervising them, were grossly under informed on what they were to do because of poor direction. This was corrected. He then presented his analysis and recommendations regarding the current condition of the program. Positive throughout and without casting blame, he illuminated a number of issues with case studies followed by specific recommendations.
October 17, 1984 Memo
February 17, 1989 Memo
November 2002 Open Letter to George Bush (signatory)

Dwight Chastain (Florida Inspector General). Dwight served two years as Florida Inspector General under Governor Jeb Bush's Secretary of State, Katherine Harris. Before that he worked in another Florida government position. Dwight Chastain was fired by Harris after he commented in his annual Inspector General's report that Harris' office was in violation of a state law that requires the inspector general to report directly to the head of an agency. He was escorted back to his office, allowed to clear out his personal possessions and escorted from the building where he had worked for almost 15 years. Dwight commented that, "It was either do what they want, be fired or resign." He sued Harris, claiming he should be protected as a “whistle-blower” reporting wrongdoing.

Gaston D. Chesteen (Assistant Chief of Joint Committee on Taxation). Gaston Chesteen was Assistant Chief of Joint Committee on Taxation for Congress, having turned down the position of Chief of Internal Revenue Service several times. He wrote some country-changing sections of the Internal Revenue Code, such as Section 179, allowing the write-off of research and development costs. Congress passed a special measure allowing him to work until he retired at age 85. His wife was Naomi, a descendant of Shakespeare, whose ancestors came over with the Mayflower. Contributed by George Chesteen

H. E. "Bud" Shasteen (Libertarian Politician). H. E. Bud Shasteen ran in Hawaii for the U.S. Senate in 1980 as a Libertarian against Democrat Daniel K. Inouye and Republican Cooper Brown. The winner was incumbent Inouye. Bud had run for Hawaii State Senate in 1970. Living in Seattle in 2004, at 70 years old, he ran for a seat in the Washington state legislature, again as a Libertarian. His number one priority was to "Eliminate unconstitutional government interference with business and individuals. Instead of looking for passage of new laws, work to rescind as many laws as possible." He favored reduced state spending instead of raising taxes, and wanted to recognize same-sex civil unions, but reserve the term marriage for man-woman unions. He pulled 2317 votes or 4.11%. Bud is a contractor in private life. He and his wife Evelyn have three children.

Jess Chastain (Oklahoma State Representative). Jess Chastain went to Oklahoma in the land rush and homesteaded. He and his wife and little boy had to live in a dugout. Russ had only one pair of pants and went to bed while his wife washed them. They survived any way they could until oil was found on his property. Then he built a two story house, bought some clothes, and went back to school with his son. When he felt he had acquired enough information, finesse, and chutzpah he ran for state representative and won. He was one of Oklahoma's first representatives. His picture hangs in the state along with the other new representatives. --Contributed by Beatrice Tharp.

Judy K. Chastain (Mayor). Judy Chastain is the first woman mayor of Salem, Indiana. She was first appointed to the position on April 22, 2002 by the Democratic Party to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Doug Campbell, who had resigned. Previously, she had served as Clerk-Treasurer four times, beginning in 1987. After serving 18 months, she won the November, 2003 election with 60% of the vote. Among her first acts was to establish incentives in order to create a Downtown Merchant's Association. Mayor Chastain received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the highest honor a governor can bestow on a citizen. Mayor's Bio

Karen M. Chastain (Deputy General Counsel, Jacksonville, Florida). The following information is taken from the staff biographies of The City of Jacksonville Office of General Counsel.

Ms. Chastain joined the Office as an Assistant General Counsel in January 2000. Ms. Chastain was promoted to head of the Government Operations and Commercial Law Department. She specializes in commercial transactions such as general contracts and real estate, and presently, she is also serving as the Mayor's Liaison regarding the City's preparations for Super Bowl XXXIX. She possesses Martindale-Hubbell's highest attorney rating "AV".

Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Ms. Chastain was at partner a McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe, LLP, where her practice specialized in real estate, banking, corporate law, and land use and development. Prior to that time, Ms. Chastain was practicing in these areas with Mahoney, Adams & Criser, P.A. until its merger with McGuire, Woods, et al. Before working with Mahoney, Adams & Criser, Ms. Chastain was an associate at LeBeouf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae. While in Orlando, Ms. Chastain worked for Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, P.A.

While in law school, Ms. Chastain was the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Florida Law Review and graduated with honors and a member of Order of the Coif.

Morris "Butch" Chastain (Mayor). Butch became mayor of Mitchell, Indiana in 2000. In 2004, he received the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Community Achievement Award (for cities of 5,000), for construction of the Mitchell Memorial Park, a world-class playground built with considerable volunteer labor. Some of the issues with which the mayor has been involved: promoting business development strategies, erecting a veterans' memorial in downtown Mitchell, supporting National Home Care and Hospice Month, pursuing repair for damaged railroad crossings, saving the Indiana No-Call-List law, advocating high-speed internet access systems in Mitchell, supporting the Mitchell Urban Enterprise Zone Association with rent-free office space, and engaging in a hot pork chop grilling competition with Bedford Mayor Joe Klumpp. He also presented at the 2004 IACT Conference on the importance of dealing with railroad companies face-to-face. Before becoming mayor, Morris was Mitchell, Indiana Chief of Police. Mayor Chastain is husband to author Nellotie Porter Chastain.

Judge Oscar Fitzallen Chastain, (Texas House of Representatives), 1869-1940. Oscar was born in Texas. He was a lawyer and a member of Texas House of Representatives from the 106th District in 1929. He was associated with Eastland County, Texas. Oscar's family moved to Texas from Georgia the same year he was born. His uncle was the Rev. Oscar Fitzallen Chastain. Lineage from Pierre is 6-Benton Forsyth; 5-Elijah Webb; 4-Benjamin; 3-Rev. John; 2-Peter, Jr.; 1-Pierre.

Richard D. Chesteen (Political Science Professor). Richard is Political Science Professor at the University of Tennessee-Martin, where he serves on the University Undergraduate Counsel and the Library Committee. He was President of the Faculty Senate in 2001. Dr. Chesteen earned both his Masters Degree and his PhD at the University of Mississippi. According to student responses, his classes include a lot of discussion of issues. Some conservatives are uncomfortable with his strong opinions, though he is acknowledged to respect holders of alternate views.

In addition to teaching political science, Richard has been involved in the process. In 1964, during the civil rights era, Richard served as an assistant county clerk for Sunflower County, Mississippi, working in the office pursuing voter registration of African Americans. Later he served as a county commissioner, but in 1993 he really applied his politics by running as a Democrat for Governor of Tennessee. He had little name recognition in state politics, so he developed the Tennessee Dream Book which he carried with him so citizens could write down their dreams for Tennessee. However, he withdrew from the race before the August 1994 primary election--perhaps in deference to candidate Phil Bredesen, Mayor of Nashville.

Dr. Chesteen's writings include an article co-authored with Lonnie E. Maness, The First Attempt At Presidential Impeachment in the Presidential Studies Quarterly, 10(1980): 51-62, Mississippi Is Gone Home!: A Study of the 1948 Mississippi States’ Rights Bolt, in the Journal of Mississippi History, February 1970, and a chapter on The Tennessee Prison System in Vile and Byrnes' Tennessee Government and Politics.

Sherman Chasteen (Mayor). Sherman was born in Rock Castle County, Kentucky in 1882. He was Mayor of Middlesboro, Kentucky in 1952-53. He died in 1957.

Tricia Chastain (State Director for U.S. Senator). Tricia is State Director for Republican Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia. She manages the day-to-day operation of Isakson's Georgia office as well as representing Isakson at events across the state. Before becoming Director, Tricia worked for Isakson in 2000 as a legislative correspondent in his Washington office when he was a member of the House of Representatives. She worked for Isakson as a legislative assistant from 2001 to 2002 and as a senior legislative assistant from 2002 to 2003. Later in 2003, she returned to Georgia to serve as Isakson's district director and press secretary until his successful election to the Senate. Tricia is a native of Roswell, Georgia, and earned her A.B.J. in public relations from the University of Georgia. She is currently pursuing her M.B.A. from Georgia State University. She is married to Terry Chastain, who is vice president of government affairs at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

William Leroy Chastain (Talladega County Commissioner). He was Talladega County Commissioner in the 1930s. See more at William Leroy Chastain.

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