Celebrities Turned Politicians

Sure, you know about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sonny Bono. But can you name all of the WWE stars who also ended up in office? Check out these celebrities-turned-politicians, as well as the stars who tried a run for office.

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Celebrities who have recently become politicians include Cynthia Nixon, left, challenging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Stacey Dash, right, who ran briefly for congress from California's 44th District and Glenn Jacobs, who became a Tennessee mayor defeating Democrat Linda Haney.
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Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger served two terms as governor of California. He has since made a return to Hollywood, appearing in two "Expendables" movies and in "The Last Stand."
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While child star Shirley Temple Black's run for California's 11th congressional district in 1967 was a failure, she bounced back as Richard Nixon's representative to the United Nations General Assembly in 1969. She continued her political ambitions under George H.W. Bush as his ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1989.
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Ronald and Nancy Reagan, the 40th President and First Lady of the United States, were both Hollywood actors before they moved to the White House. Ronald Reagan was a star of the silver screen in the 40's and 50's, most famously portraying George Gipp in the 1940 film "Knute Rockne All American" where he rallied his team to "Win one for the Gipper."
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Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood made his foray into politics when he became the Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, in 1986. Carmel-by-the-Sea was also his hometown.
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Former musician and one half of hit-making duo Sonny and Cher, Republican Sonny Bono served as Mayor of Palm Springs in California between 1988 and 1992 before making an unsuccessful senate run. Two years after that he was elected to Congress as a representative from California's 44th District. Bono was tragically killed in a skiing accident in 1998.
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Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. Ventura also had a film career, appearing in several movies like "Predator."
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Former Tennessee actor, senator and 2008 presidential candidate Fred Thompson announced his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in 2012. Thompson says he supports Newt Gingrich because now is "not the time for the timid."
SNL alumnus Al Franken served as a U.S. senator from 2009 to 2018. He announced his departure after several women accused him of sexual misconduct in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
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Musician Wyclef Jean tried to run in Haitian's 2010 presidential election, but his candidacy did not meet all of the requirements for running. His attempted was ultimately disqualified.
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Sean Duffy got his start as an actor on "The Real World: Boston" before he beecame the district attorney of Ashland County, Wisconsin, then a representative for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district.
Linda McMahon, known for her work in developing the WWE from a regional New York business into a large multinational media company, conceded the 2012 Connecticut senate race to Chris Murphy. She reappeared in the national political scene as Donald Trump's Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
EMPTY_CAPTION"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken launched a bid for North Carolina's second congressional district in 2014, running against GOP incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers. Ellmers retained the seat, garnering 56 percent of the district's vote.
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Real estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump threatened to run for the Oval Office for decades - his eventual campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential candidacy was seen as a miles-long shot in a flooded candidacy pool. He would eventually beat out 16 other candidates, including early favorite Jeb Bush, for the GOP candidacy, then overcome Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Clueless" actor Stacey Dash withdrew her bid from the 2018 California congressional race just one month after she submitted her bid to run as a Republican candidate in California's 44th District.
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Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon made a shocking announcement to challenge incumbent Andrew Cuomo in New York's gubernatorial race. It may be a long shot for Nixon though - the latest Quinnipiac University Poll shows Cuomo leading Nixon 50 percent to her 23.
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Glenn Jacobs is the third WWE public figure to trade the ring for an office when he defeated Democrat Linda Haney in Knox County, Tennessee, mayoral race in 2018.
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