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From Business to Politics

Call it the business platform. Players from the world of business and finance—CEOs, investment managers, entrepreneuers—often move into the world of politics and government and the 2010 election is no exception. This year, some three dozen business types decided to run for public office, stressing the importance of their business skills at a time when the economy is struggling to recover from a recession and government borrowing is at a record high.

About half have already been knocked out, but if the remaining ones succeed, they'll be following in the footsteps of a long line of business types, such as former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney (consulting, finance), New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (info technology), U.S. senators Mark Warner of Virginia (venture capital) and Bob Corker of Tennessee (construction and real estate), California Congressman Darrell Issa (electronics) and former New Jersey Governor and U.S. Senator John Corzine (finance).

Take a look at some of this year’s business leaders turned candidates (in alphabetical order.)


Published Sept. 27, 2010

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