Athletes Who Became Politicians

A skilful athlete has a bright career, and becomes hugely popular, not just for his gameplay, but for everything he does. A sports star is a public figure whom everyone looks up to. Many of the athletes decide to enter politics, and their popularity often works hugely in their favour. Some retired sports persons have made it big in the world of politics, going as far as Washington.

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Even though in comparison to the huge number of athletes, those who have entered politics are relatively smaller in number, many of those who actually have taken to this field have shown their worth and displayed great ideologies, as well. Let us have a look at 10 Athletes Who Became Politicians.

10 Athletes Who Became Politicians

10. Jim Bunning

10 Athletes Who Became Politicians
10 Athletes Who Became Politicians

Bunning is a former baseball player who pitched from 1955 to 1971, and his most notable gameplay was for Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia. Phillies. He has given some of the most immaculate innings in the history of the sport, and has beaten some of the best players, who were his opponents. At the time of his retirement, Bunning had record for the second highest total of career strikeouts in the history of Major League. He got inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in the year 1996. After returning to northern Kentucky, he became the city council, then the state senate, and then the junior US Senator from ’98. He decided not to run for the 2010 re-election due to lack of funds. He ranked the send most conservative senator in the US before his retirement.

9. Jesse Ventura

10 Athletes Who Became Politicians
10 Athletes Who Became Politicians

This former Mayor of Brooklyn Park is known in the world of wrestling as The Body, who was a famed WWF wrestler of the 1970s. It was Ventura who added the element of entertainment to the sport. He used to serve as the US Navy Underwater Demolition Team member during the Vietnam War. As a professional wrestler, he had a notable career which lasted from 1975 to 1986. He had long tenure as a performer and colour commentator. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the year 2204. He remained the Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota from 1991 to 1995, He was a Reform Party candidate in ’98, and defeated Democratic and Republican candidates. As a governor, he oversaw the property tax and first sales tax rebate of the state, alongside other initiatives.

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8. Chris Lytle

10 Athletes Who Became Politicians
10 Athletes Who Became Politicians

Lytle has had a hugely successful career in sports, and has displayed his multi-faceted talent in different fields. He is a former mixed martial artist and boxer, and is a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is notable in Welterweight on The Ultimate Fighter 4. He is known for participating in the UFC and holding a record of 10-10. He is a Cage Rage World Welterweight Champion. Apart from losing in mixed martial arts competition to TKO, he was never knocked out or submitted in martial arts and boxing. He is a full-time firefighter. In 2012, this pugilist entered the world of politics and he ran for the Indiana State Senate seat in district 28, seeking Republican nomination. However, he lost, and his political career never took off. But he took it quite sportingly.

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