Politically Speaking: Celebrities Who Ventured Into Politics

Donald Trump might be the most notorious celebrity to enter the White House as Commander-in-Chief, but he isn't the first to make the switch from entertainment to politics. See which other actors, hosts and athletes ditched the small screen for office.

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Trump was a reality TV star before a taking the mantle of Commander in Chief.
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Before resigning his Senate seat in disgrace following allegations of sexual misconduct, Franken was a comic known for his time on "Saturday Night Live."
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The Governator stepped away from Hollywood to serve two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
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"American Idol" star Clay Aiken ran for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd congressional district. He won the Democratic primary, but lost to the Republican incumbent in the general election.
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The prolific actor/director served for two years as Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
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Thompson, who starred in both film and television, served in the United States Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003, and was a GOP presidential candidate in 2008.
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Former pro wrester and actor Jesse "The Body" Ventura shocked much of the country when he was elected 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.
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Former NBA star Kevin Johnson had a tumultuous run as Mayor of Sacramento, California.
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In 2016, Gilbert ran for U.S. Congress as a Democrat in Michigan's 8th congressional district and she won the Democratic primary. She later dropped out because of head and neck injuries sustained in a 2012 accident.
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Trump wasn't the first celebrity-turned-president. Actor Ronald Reagan served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
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Long after he split with Cher, Bono was mayor of Palm Springs, California from 1988 to 1992, and congressman for California's 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998.
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"Clueless" star Stacey Dash announced her foray into the political arena filing paperwork to run as a Republican in California's 44th congressional district in the 2018 Congressional Election.
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He became famous playing Drug Enforcement Administration agent Steven Gomez in the AMC series "Breaking Bad" from 2008 to 2013. In 2016, Quezada ran for and won the Democratic nomination for New Mexico's Bernalillo County Commission District.
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Actor Kal Penn didn't actually run for office himself, but he did briefly leave his Hollywood career behind to accept an offer to join the Obama administration as a member of the White House Office of Public Liaison.
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