Public service, business, law, and education are the most commonly listed occupations for members of Congress, according to the Congressional Research Service profile of the 114th Congress. From an astronaut to a comedian, these members of Congress, governors, and presidential candidates had unconventional jobs before and sometimes during their terms in public office.
Sen. Al Franken: Comedian
Rep. Jim Jordan: Wrestling Coach
Lincoln Chafee: Horseshoe blacksmith
Rep. Rick Crawford: Rodeo Announcer
Rep. Norma Torres: 911 Dispatcher
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Folk Singer
Sen. Bill Nelson: Astronaut
Rep. Mia Love: Flight Attendant
Rep. Donald Norcross: Electrician
Rep. Mike Kelly: Auto Dealer
Rep. Robert Brady: Carpenter
Gov. John Hickenlooper: Geologist
Gov. David Ige: Electrical Engineer
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Sarah Gibbens is a producer on National Journal's audience development team. She previously worked as a digital media fellow at The Podesta Group and as a writer for San Antonio-based newspaper The Rivard Report. Sarah graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she was the editor-in-chief of the independent student newspaper, The Paisano.