Congresswoman Julia Hurley (R-32) spent time working at Hooters, where, according to the Associated Press, she was able to hone her business talents and networking skills. During the election campaign, this information was brought to the forefront, but instead of shying away from the news, or giving a typical phony politician apology, Hurley took it all in stride.
Hurley, 29, worked at Hooters while enrolled at Maryville College. An unknown illness took away her job, but after recovering, she was offered a job by a former manager.
“Hooters gave me the opportunity to belong to a group of women who had also struggled, or were struggling, and I was lucky to have managers that saw each girl’s potential and coached us, protected us, and helped shape who we are today,” she said in an interview with Hooters magazine.
Never has it been written that, to be a politician, you needed to be groomed your whole life. The leader of the free world, Barack Obama, wasn’t brought up in politics. As a youth, Obama spent time scooping ice cream at a Baskin Robbins shop. The following people also worked in different sectors before turning to a life of politics.
Representative Don Young, Alaska
Young, the representative for Alaska’s At Large Congressional District, spent time before getting into politics as a riverboat captain.
“Young used to pilot a supply tug and barge up and down the Yukon River,” said Phillip Swarts, a reporter from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. “His most harrowing memory is of when his co-pilot lost track of the boat’s position along the river. Upon rounding a bend, the tug almost crashed into a large rock known for wrecking boats.”
Congressman Vern Buchanan, Florida
Buchanan (R-13) had a busy life before jumping into politics in 2007. He graduated from Cleary University in Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Detroit. Buchanan put his business degrees to good use, owning American Speedy Printing; Honda and Acura car dealerships in Ocala, Fla.; as well as two off-shore reinsurance companies. According to Medill, Buchanan also spent time as a Tae Kwan Do instructor before running for Congress.
Former vice presidential nominee and Alaskan governor, Palin, was the daughter of a science teacher and secretary. She may not have had an unusual job like Young or Buchanan, but it could be said that one of her jobs is surprising. After college, Palin was a sportscaster in Anchorage and a sports reporter for Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, a newspaper owned by Wick Communications. After getting married, Palin also took part in her husband’s commercial fishing business.
“Sarah Palin Biography,” Biography.com
Erik Schelzig, “Tenn. GOP lawmaker credits Hooters for success,”AllAroundPhilly.com
Phillip Swarts, “Before they were politicians,” Medill on the Hill