Who is the most famous professional athlete who went into politics? Arnold Schwarzenegger tops our list. Schwarzenegger held the professional body building title of Mr. Universe from 1968-1970 and the title of Mr. Olympia from 1970-1980. He also has had a successful career as a politician serving as the Governor of California from 2003-2011. On top of all that, Schwarzenegger starred in hit movies like “Terminator” and “The Running Man.”
Several NBA players have also went into politics. Kevin Johnson played basketball in the NBA, from 1987-2000, for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. He is the current Mayor of Sacramento, a position he has held since 2008. Bill Bradley played basketball in the NBA from 1967-1977 for the New York Knicks. He also served as a United States Senator from 1979-1997, representing New Jersey.
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Kevin Johnson played basketball in the NBA, from 1987-2000, for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. He is the current Mayor of Sacramento, a position he has held since 2008.
Birthplace: Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more
Profession: Basketball player, Businessperson, Politician
Credits: 2 Guns, Contraband, Empire State, The Philly Kid
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Arnold Schwarzenegger held the professional bodybuilding title of Mr. Universe from 1968-1970 and the title of Mr. Olympia from 1970-1980. He also has had a successful career as a politician serving as the Governor of California from 2003-2011.
Birthplace: Thal, Austria
Profession: Bodybuilder, Television director, Businessperson, Politician, Investor, + more
Credits: The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Pumping Iron
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Jack Kemp was a professional Quarterback playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Calgary Stampeders, L.A./San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. He also served in the United States House of Representatives, representing New York from 1971-1989.
Age: Died at 74 (1935-2009)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, Southern California, Contiguous United States, 90731, + more
Profession: Politician, American football player
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Jesse "The Body" Ventura had a successful professional wrestling career and he is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. He served as the governor of Minnesota from 1999-2003.
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
Profession: Talk show host, Wrestler, Politician, Television producer, Author, + more
Credits: Predator, The Running Man, Off the Grid with Jesse Ventura, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura
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