9 U.S. Senators’ Unusual Post-Grad Jobs

Because there is no such thing as a political fast track

1. Mike Enzi (Wyoming)

After graduating with a masters in retail marketing, Enzi moved back home to take over his father’s footwear business, NZ Shoes. He once said, “Legislation is like selling shoes.”

2. Bob Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania)

Between college and law school, Casey was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and spent a year teaching 5th grade and coaching 8th grade basketball in inner city Philadelphia.

3. Bernie Sanders (Vermont)

After graduating with a psychology degree from the University of Chicago, Sanders spent time on an Israeli kibbutz (a kind of communal settlement), then moved to Vermont, where he worked as a freelance writer, carpenter and filmmaker.

4. John Barrasso (Wyoming)

Barrasso completed his masters degree at Yale and went on to become a rodeo physician for the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association, as well as a sports team physician for Casper College in Casper, WY.

5. Mark Udall (Colorado)

Udall worked at the Colorado Outward Bound School, a youth outdoor education program, for 20 years after graduating from Williams College.

6. Al Franken (Minnesota)

Franken wrote for and performed on Saturday Night Live from 1975-1980 after graduating from Harvard University with a degree in government.

7. John Boozman (Arkansas)

After graduating from the University of Arkansas, where he played football for the Razorbacks, Boozman practiced optometry and co-founded an eye clinic in Arkansas.

8. Orrin Hatch (Utah)

While working on his law degree at Pittsburgh Law School, Hatch worked as a janitor, a metal lather, and an all-night dormitory desk assistant.

9. Jon Tester (Montana)

Tester graduated with a B.S. in music, and then became a public school music teacher in Texas. He then went on to work at his family’s farm and custom butcher shop.

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