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Top 10 Celebrities Who Became Politicians

11/04/2014 at 12:01 | Posted by by Phil Harris
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You may know that Jerry Springer had been the mayor of Cincinnati before getting into a more respectable line of work as a trashy tabloid TV talker. But what about those who took their careers in the opposite direction?

Former “American Idol” runner-up, Clay Aiken, is hoping to finish first in his bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District on Capitol Hill. He wouldn’t be the first celebrity from the Tar Heel State to do it. Former NFL quarterback, Heath Shuler, served North Carolina’s 11th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013. Here are some more notable celebs-turned-politicans:

10. Fred Grandy – Former actor (“The Love Boat”) and member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa’s 5th District.

9. Manny Pacquiao – Current professional boxing champion and member of House of Representatives in the 16th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani.

8. Bill Bradley – Former NBA player and United States Senator from New Jersey.

7. Fred Thompson – Actor (“Law & Order”) and former United States Senator from Tennessee.

6. Al Franken – Former comedy writer and actor (“Saturday Night Live”). Current United States Senator from Minnesota.

5. Sonny Bono – Former singer, actor, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 44th District.

4. Jesse Ventura – Former professional wrestler, actor, and 38th Governor of Minnesota.

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Actor, bodybuilder, and formerly 38th Governor of California.

2. Clint Eastwood – Current actor, director, producer, and composer. Former Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

1. Ronald Reagan – Former actor, 33rd Governor of California, and 40th President of the United States.

Honorable Mention: Although she never won an election, former actress Shirley Temple Black was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She’s also the only person on this list to have a mixed drink named after her.

 

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