Stark, Pete

Representative Pete Stark (1931-) is the first openly atheist member of the United States Congress. His beliefs became known in 2007 when he responded to a Secular Coalition for America questionnaire, a stance he publicly announced that same year. Stark (D-CA) was named Humanist of the Year in 2008 by the American Humanist Association. He worked with the AHA to introduce a Congressional bill that would recognize February 12, 2011 as “Darwin Day,” in honor of Charles Darwin.