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These lawmakers did WHAT before they got to DC?

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What DID they do?

The majority of lawmakers at the Capitol previously worked in public service and politics, according to a Congressional Research Service report, but what about the rest? With the attention on former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, we know he was a small-town wrestling coach and teacher; there are plenty of paths to winning a seat in the House.

Click to see 10 of the not-so-common professions members of the House held before assuming public office inside the Beltway. Selections were made based on information pulled from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, and official websites from individual members.

—By Lauren Langille, special to
Posted 18 June 2015

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