This list of odd first jobs of politicians will surprise and entertain you. Find out what your favorite (or least favorite) senators, governors, and presidents used to do way, way, way back in the day to support themselves. These are the first jobs these politicians ever had, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Rand Paul. Let's just say these odd jobs weren't on the resumes that got them all the way to Capitol Hill.
Which 2016 presidential candidate stayed out late after working the miniature golf course in high school? And which former president used to measure land for farmers at the rate of 40 cents an hour for 10 hours a day? Which other 2016 hopeful once built exotic bird cages?
These weird and surprising first jobs of politicians are ranked here and awaiting your votes. So many politicians had odd jobs before they took office, from food court mall jobs to lifeguard at the pool - what did your senator do back in the day?
- 1103 VOTES
President George Herbert Walker Bush was always an oil man. In fact, his first job came when he graduated college and started painting oil rigs.Source: First Ladies Fact Book
- 2103 VOTES
Marco Rubio's first job came from within the family, but don't get too jealous about the nepotism. Long before he was a Senator, Rubio built cages for exotic birds at an import-export company owned by his brother in law.Source: POLITICO
- 389 VOTES
Dick Durbin's first job came when he had to pay his own way through college. In East St. Louis, Durbin worked long hours in stock yards as a meat packer.Source: DickDurbin.com
- Can you imagine the former President of France bussing tables at a HoJo? Try. While paying for Harvard summer school, Jacques Chirac was a busboy and waiter at hotel in the back of a Howard Johnson's. He even earned a certificate of honor "for artistry in making banana splits."
Source: The New York Times
- 564 VOTES
As a young man in Pennsylvania, Senator Orrin Hatch got his first job working very long hours as a metal lather in order to help his family's financial situation.Source: Hatch.Senate.gov
It's hard to imagine Kentucky Senator and 2016 Presidential candidate Rand Paul working at a miniature golf course. But that was his first job in high school, which he said was "great because I got to stay out late since my parents didn't really know what time the mini golf closed."Source: The Washington Post