Politicians aren't always groomed for government service from birth. Sure, some are born with silver spoons in their mouths (hello, Kennedy family), but others come from all walks of life. And we mean ALL.
Take a look.
Clown Turned Politician
Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva, best known by the stage name Tiririca, is a Brazilian actor, clown, comedian, humorist, politician and singer-songwriter. Silva was born into one of the most underprivileged areas in Brazil. He left school at 9 years old and became a clown immediately after that. Eventually he became the representative for the state of São Paulo in the National Congress of Brazil. Tiririca was elected as a federal deputy for Sao Paulo with more than 1.3 million votes. He went on to become one of the most notable and appreciated congressmen in the country.
Pro Wrestler Turned Politician
James George Janos is well known for his wrestling career, but under a different name: Jesse Ventura. Ventura got involved in politics in the early '90s because he hated his local city council. He ran for mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and won that election, defeating the town's mayor of 18 years. In 1998, Ventura went for the big timing, winning the governor's race on a platform that promoted pro-choice, the right to bear arms and LGBT rights.
Adult Film Star Turned Politician
Ilona Staller, an adult film star from Hungary, served in the Italian Parliament for five years, ending in 1992. However, she also continued to perform in adult films. During the Gulf war she offered sex for peace with the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Bartender Turned Politician
All of us know Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer before becoming president of America, but very few realize Lincoln also was a bartender. Lincoln was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a store/drinking establishment in New Salem, Illinois, where he lived from 1831 to 1837. He is the only president who was once a licensed bartender.
A Cat Turned Politician
Stubbs the cat became honorary mayor of the small town of Talkeetna, Alaska, in 1997 and holds the position to this day. As of 2015, Stubbs is still mayor, and has been described as a tourist attraction, having been flooded with cards and letters, and drawing 30-40 tourists each day who hope to meet "the mayor." Let's face it, he's probably more effective than a lot of mayors.