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List Rules Upvote the most interesting and surprising first jobs these political figures held down before going into the wild world of politics.

This list odd first jobs of politicians will surprise and entertain you. Find out what your favorite (or least favorite) Senators, Governors, and Presidents used to do way, way, way back in the day to support themselves. These are the first jobs these politicians ever had, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Rand Paul. Let's just say these odd jobs weren't on the resumes that got them all the way to Capitol Hill.

Which 2016 presidential candidate stayed out late after working the miniature golf course in high school? And which former president used to measure land for farmers at the rate of 40 cents an hour for 10 hours a day? Which other 2016 hopeful once built exotic bird cages?

These weird and surprising first jobs of politicians are ranked here and awaiting your votes. So many politicians had odd jobs before they took office, from food court mall jobs to lifeguard at the pool, what did your Senator do back in the day? Upvote the oddest first jobs of political figures below and let us know about your first job in the comments section!
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Joe Biden - Lifeguard


Joe Biden 
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Vice President Joe Biden has come a long way since his teenage years. Back when Biden was a teen, you could find him in Wilmington, DE as the lifeguard of his local swimming pool.

Source: The Root

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Jimmy Carter 
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Sure, you know all about Carter's peanut farming background, but did you know that in high school he was paid 40 cents an hour to measure land for the government 10 hours a day as a surveyor?

Source: UCSB.edu

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Barack Obama 
    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Oddest First Jobs of Famous Politicians
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When President Barack Obama was a teenager, he lived with his grandparents. He also got his first job, which was serving ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins in Honolulu, HI.

Source: 
TIME

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Gerald Ford 
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Before he was Leader of the Free World, he was flipping burgers. President Gerald Ford grilled hamburgers at a local restaurant while he was just a high school student.

Source: CNN Money

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Marco Rubio 
    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Oddest First Jobs of Famous Politicians
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Marco Rubio's first job came from within the family, but don't get too jealous about the nepotism. Long before he was a Senator, Rubio built cages for exotic birds at an import-export company owned by his brother in law.

Source:
POLITICO

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Jacques Chirac 
    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Oddest First Jobs of Famous Politicians
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Can you imagine the former President of France bussing tables at a HoJo? Try. While paying for Harvard summer school, Jacques Chirac was a busboy and waiter at hotel in the back of a Howard Johnson's. He even earned a certificate of honor "for artistry in making banana splits."
 

Source: The New York Times
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Elizabeth Warren 
    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Oddest First Jobs of Famous Politicians
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Before Elizabeth Warren was a progressive and feminist hero, she was just a babysitter for the family across the street.

Source: ElizabethWarren.com

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Dick Durbin 
    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Oddest First Jobs of Famous Politicians
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Dick Durbin's first job came when he had to pay his own way through college. In East St. Louis, Durbin worked long hours in stock yards as a meat packer.

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