11 Stars Who Have Run for Political Office

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As of this writing, there's a chance that Donald Trump may become President of the United States.

And while this is a truly stunning and apocalyptic development, it's not totally unprecedented.

As you'll see below, Trump is one of many celebrities to go from the world of entertainment to the world of politics.

Who else is on the list? Find out now...

1. Donald Trump

Donald Trump
It's true! Donald Trump is running for President of the United States in 2016! Perhaps you've heard.

2. Ronald Regan

Ronald Regan
Regan was an actor for nearly 30 years before becoming the 40th President of the United States in 1980. He made over 50 movies before becoming a politician.

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Schwarzenegger didn't even speak English when he arrived here from Austria. After making a name for himself as THE action star of the 1980s, he served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

4. Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood famously spoke to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention. But the outspoken Conservative has done more than just talk politics; he was elected mayor of the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California in 1986.

5. Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken
In 2014, the openly gay former American Idol finalists ran for Congress in North Carolina ... and won the Democratic primary! He later lost the seat to Republican incumbent Renee Elmers in the general election later that year.

6. Sonny Bono

Sonny Bono
Sonny Bono acted and sang (alongside wife Cher) before serving as Mayor of Palm Springs, California from 1988 to 1992.

7. Mary Carey

Mary Carey
In 2003, adult film star Mary Carey ran for Governor of California as a publicity stunt. She was one of 135 candidates in the recall election and she actually managed to come in 10th place.

8. Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean
In 2010, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Wyclef ran for President of Haiti. He was disqualified because he was no longer a resident of the country.

9. Roseanne

Roseanne
In 2012, Roseanne Barr actually ran for President of the United States as a Green Party candidate. Her platform included a plan to get rid of taxes and currency in favor of the barter system. She ended up finishing fifth.

10. Al Franken

Al Franken
Franken was a writer for Saturday Night Live way back in 1975. He wrote and performed on the program from 1975 to 1980… then returned from 1985 to 1995… and then got elected as the junior U.S. senator for Minnesota.

11. Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson
Fred Thompson was best known for playing a district attorney on Law & Order for several years. But Thompson also represented the state of Tennessee in the Senate from 1994 to 2003 and ran for President a couple times.

12. Who's Next?

Who's Next?
Kanye West has claimed he's running for President in 2020. Former Bachelor star Ben Higgins may also run for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives to represent House District 4.

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