17 Politicians With Business Backgrounds Who Aren’t Donald Trump

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Donald Trump Business Politicians
Michael Vadon

Almost five months after announcing what many considered a long shot campaign for president, real estate mogul Donald Trump is still leading Republican primary polls nationwide. Carly Fiorina’s candidacy has also received greater attention over the last two months. Their campaigns represent a continued tradition in American politics: the businessman (or businesswoman) candidate. Here are 17 politicians from throughout U.S. history who had business backgrounds before running for office.

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Written by Gene Giannotta

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Gene Giannotta is a writer based in Washington, D.C. He reports on economic policy, finance and business news.