Here's the question for today: Who are now the highest-ranked, and who have been the highest-ranked
- Atheist or Agnostic, expressly self-described (it's not enough that the person have no known religious sensibilities; he has to have openly described himself as such, much as people of other religious groups often openly describe themselves as such)
- Georgian-Americans (and I don't mean of the Jimmy Carter variety)
- Thai-Americans and
I give a few answers that I think I know below; please post your own answers in Comments. (I won't alter my original answers, so please note that a commenter may have bettered them.) Each answer should (1) include the person's name and position, (2) in cases where there might be any controversy, proof, preferably a link to a site that confirms this, and (3) say whether he's the current highest or the all-time highest. Also, please check all previous comments, as well as my answers, to make sure that yours (4) isn't a duplicate (make sure to check my answers, hidden below, to see if yours duplicate them), and (5) hasn't been trumped by a clearly higher-ranked official that has already been named. More broadly, (6) please read the question and the rules carefully, and (7) please don't post arguments about why the rules are sound or unsound or how they should be amended.
Sikh: All-time — Congressman Dalip Saund, who served in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Armenian-American: All-time — California Governor George Deukmejian.
Georgian-American: All-time — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili. (He's at least half-Russian, but for our purposes that's fine.)
Korean-American: All-time — Congressman Jay Kim, who served in the mid- to late 1990s (who I'm sorry to say lost his office after being convicted of misdemeanor campaign finance violations).
Vietnamese-American: All-time — Viet Dinh, former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy.
UPDATE: A reader asks why I lump together atheists and agnostics. In theory, the two may be quite different, but my sense is that in practice people have such different definitions of the terms that "I am an agnostic" and "I am an atheist" don't really reliably distinguish the two.
FURTHER UPDATE: I'd like the comments to be a good and readable source of answers for readers, so I've deleted some comments that were erroneous, duplicative, nonresponsive, and the like. Don't take it personally . . . .