Special Report

Athletes Who Went On to Become Politicians

As the 2022 political season gets into full swing, one of the most intriguing candidates for elected office is Herschel Walker. The star running back with the University of Georgia and Dallas Cowboys is now running to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate

Walker is far and away the leading candidate to win the Republican nomination for the seat when the primary takes place May 24. Should he win his race, Walker is far from the first star athlete to take up a career in politics after their playing days finished.

To compile a list of athletes who went into politics, 24/7 Tempo reviewed media reports from sources including Ballotpedia about professional, college, and Olympic athletes who held public office in the U.S. and around the world. 

Athletes have one distinct advantage over other candidates for elected office – name recognition. Many of the athletes on this list became hometown heroes thanks to their athletic exploits, and they used that notoriety to launch their political careers.

Athletes-turned-politicians in America have occupied all spots on the political spectrum, as well as a variety of different offices. Former athletes have served as local leaders, district representatives in Congress, and even president. These are America’s wealthiest presidents.

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