Take a look at some of your favorite (and not-so-favorite) politicians back when they were young, innocent (debatable), and definitely not as experienced in the ways of the world. Some were pretty hot, were they not? Yep, you may be surprised by how attractive some of these politicians were once upon a time. Take a look.
Mega-Millionaire Turned Commander-In-Chief
Here is President-elect Donald Trump. Always known to be outspoken, Trump has come a long way since his early days as a real estate and construction-firm mogul. You still see evidence of his early background with the Trump Towers that tower above the cityscapes in locations around the world. Famously, he also owned the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants for nine years, and he became an even bigger icon with The Apprentice. One of the most talked-about elements of Trump’s appearance (besides what some refer to as “orange skin” tone) is his famous hair, with debates about what’s really going on there. Although Trump hasn’t been in politics for very long, the business world also took a toll on him.
Barbara Boxer Gives a Damn?
Before she served as a junior United States Senator or House Representative, Barbara Boxer was a true New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. She even attended Brooklyn College. She then worked as a stockbroker and a journalist before she married her husband, and moved to California.
It’s easy to see why she was taken off the market early, with her good looks paired with her savvy-smart work ethic. From some reports, she also has a fiery personality. She became the first female president of the Marin County Board of Supervisors in California, with the campaign slogan, “Barbara Boxer Gives a Damn.”
Brian Sandoval: The Right Kind Of Image?
Brian Sandoval is Governor of Nevada. He was the first person of Hispanic descent to be elected to a state-wide office in Nevada. He was also the state’s first Hispanic federal judge, and the Attorney General of Nevada.
Sandoval has been referred to as “Hollywood handsome,” and those striking good looks haven’t gone away, even as gray hair and wrinkles begin to sneak in. As John Weaver says, “On paper, he’s just right out of central casting for the kind of image the party needs.”
Movie Star President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) was the President of the United States back in the 80s. He presided over the Cold War, Star Wars (not the movie), and “Reaganomics.” Of course, Reagan was an actor long before he got into politics. Suave and handsome, he then became one of the most popular and imitated presidents. You may remember that he even inspired a whole new obsession with Jelly Bellies.
Whether you saw him live on TV or in the movies you probably remember that distinctive voice and movie-star-good-looking face. His presence in politics can still be felt, but you can also see how those presidential years aged him.
Joe Biden’s Moonshot Cure For Cancer
Joe Biden is the current Vice President of the United States, and he hails from Delaware. He served two stints as Vice President, as the running mate of President Barack Obama. Originally from Pennsylvania, he also represented Delaware as a US Senator from 1973-2009.
With looks that have been called “model” material (yes, he’s hot), and a successful political career, friends and critics alike have said that he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. He also experienced great tragedy, as he lost his son to cancer. That tragedy led him to proclaim a “moonshot” to find a cure for cancer, but it was also instrumental in his decision to not seek the nomination for President of the United States in 2016.
Independent Lady Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, with the distinction of being the second female justice to be confirmed to the Court, when she was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Consistently one of the only women in her class and in her field, she regularly advanced the cause of gender equity, and also was a volunteer lawyer for the ACLU. In her stint as Supreme Court judge, her positions have continued to support women’s rights. Her vocal challenge of Donald Trump as a “faker” won her criticism, but also praise.
If you look at early pictures of Ginsburg, she had that striking beauty to match her advocacy. She once said, “My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent.” She has succeeded in becoming accomplished at both.
Hillary Clinton’s Long Climb
Hillary Clinton is still a media curiosity, after her hard-fought battle for the presidency in 2016. While her political experience really began when she was the wife of the Arkansas governor (she headed up a task force to push for school reform), she has a JD from Yale Law School and she served as US Secretary of State and US Senator from New York.
She still is attractive, but her years in politics have obviously left their marks. She’s also always had an important legacy to live up to since her mother named her after Sir Edmund Hillary, famous for his momentous climb to the top of Mount Everest. You’ve probably heard some of the debate about what she’ll do next, with a few hints from Hillary herself. Time will tell…
Elizabeth Warren’s Fighting Chance
Elizabeth Ann Warren is a Senator, representing Massachusetts, as a Democrat. Elizabeth Warren was a law professor at University of Texas School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Harvard Law School. She specializes in bankruptcy, but she’s also recognized as a consumer-protection advocate, with a body of academic and popular texts to her credit.
More recently, Warren was involved in the 2016 Presidential campaign, as she participated in verbal skirmishes with Trump. There have also been rumors that Warren may run in the next Presidential election. She has already been recognized as an increasingly influential public-policy figure, and she was apparently on the shortlist to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
Twitter King-of-Politics: Cory Booker
Cory Booker is an American politician and the Junior United States Senator, representing New Jersey. He was also Newark Mayor for seven years. Media personalities and talking-heads alike have called him the face of the Democratic Party and in the upper echelon of politics in New Jersey. He has long been involved with public service and city-development projects. He has a background in political science and sociology, with a JD from Yale Law School.
Booker may have been a popular and attractive man, but he’s also been a controversial figure. Critics called him a carpetbagger, while others claimed he took money from the KKK or the Taliban. He even was famously targeted by a gang, who put a price on his head. Part of the story of his success is because he used create means, like Twitter, and messaging to connect with his constituents.
A Second-Generation President: G.W. Bush
Before George W. Bush became President, he served in the Armed Forces. As you’ve probably notice, politicians who serve in the military appear to be widely admired, and that experience would undoubtedly be of benefit as he becomes commander-in-chief of the military. Beyond his military experience, he was also co-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team and the governor of Texas.
Bush was a handsome fellow when he was young. He also had a brush with the law. He was arrested for a DUI, and pled guilty. He says that his wife has had a “stabilizing effect,” and that she puts up with his “rough edges.” He later followed in his father’s footsteps in his campaign to become President of the United States. He appears to have been drastically aged by his years in the White House.
Harmonica-Wielding Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine is a Junior US Senator from Virginia, but he’s perhaps most famous for his role as running mate VP in Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign. Beyond these recent runs for public office, though, he graduated from Harvard Law School, and he became a lecturer at the University of Richmond School of Law. He entered politics with a seat on the Richmond City Council, and then went on to become Mayor and Governor.
Tim Kaine is a soft-spoken guy who has been described as a family-centered man and prolific Harmonica player. He even made Presidential-campaign history when he delivered an entire speech in Spanish, but the dynamic Democratic duo didn’t win.
Mitt Romney’s Next Stop: Retirement?
Willard Mitt Romney, better known as Mitt Romney, is a politician as well as a business man. He served as Governor for the State of Massachusetts, and he launched unsuccessful campaigns for the US Senate and the Presidency. Known as a prankster at school, he has also been active in the LDS Church with a missionary trip and leadership roles. He mad history by being the first Mormon to be chosen as a Presidential nominee for a major US political party. While numerous rumors have surfaced about what Romney will do next with his life and political career, more recent reports suggest that he may remain “retired.”
Swear Like Ballet Dancer Rahm Emanuel
Before he was the 44th Mayor of Chicago, and White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel was a professional ballet dancer. He graduated from the Evanston School of Ballet and he even received a scholarship to continue his studies. Instead, he went to Sarah Lawrence College and then entered politics, first as the Director of Finance for Bill Clinton’s campaign, and then as an Assistant and Senior Advisor to the President.
Emanuel also won the Congressional seat vacated by Rod Blagojevich and held leadership positions. Of course, despite his dance education, Emanuel has quite a colorful vocabulary. He’s known for excessive swearing. So much so, in fact, that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she could finance the stimulus program if she “Put a quarter in a jar every time Rahm uses a swear word.”
Jennifer Granholm’s Modest Proposal
Jennifer Granholm is an American politician, author, and educator who hails from Canada. Before she entered politics, though, she famously tried her hand at acting, appearing on The Dating Game in 1978, and she was even a beauty-pageant queen. More recently, too, you’ve likely seen her as a contributor on MSNBC. Beyond being Governor of Michigan for two terms, she also continues to reach an international audience with her TED-Talk clean-energy proposal, as well as her book, A Governor’s Story: The Fight For Jobs And America’s Economic Future.
Granholm has aged just like every other politician, but what’s striking is how quickly the demands of office will affect these public figures. It’s also curious to learn where they started, and the path they took to rise to the top of their illustrious profession.
Salesman, Pilot & Governor: Rick Perry
Rick Perry was Governor of the Lone Star State, he holds the record for most years in office for any Texas governor. He made several unsuccessful attempts to run for president in 2008 and 2012. Perry was in hot water a few years back because of abuse of power. He was also selected to fill the US Secretary of Energy role, in the Trump Administration.
Rick Perry is known for being charismatic as of recent years, which probably began when he was younger. Perhaps it really was those years as a door-to-door salesman or his commission as an officer and pilot in the US Air Force. The years have been kind to him, but you can still see how his years in politics have affected him.
Who Can Resist Bernie With A Baby?
Bernie Sanders has been the junior United States Senator from Vermont for more than a decade. While Bernie is the longest serving independent in U.S. congressional history, he didn’t become a household name until he announced his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2015. Bernie Sanders grew in popularity thanks to his progressive voice on issues like corporate welfare, global warming, and income equality.
Although Bernie may be well into his 70s and sport a head of white hair today, pictures of him in his prime have us swooning. Throw a baby into the mix and we can’t help but feel the Bern.
Nancy Pelosi’s Long-Standing Career
Nancy Pelosi is currently serving as the Minority Leader of the United State House of Representatives. A long-standing career in politics, Nancy was the 52nd House Speaker for five years and has held the highest rank of any female politician in American history.
Pelosi has been praised for her efforts to make healthcare affordable. On healthcare, she has been quoted saying, “Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.” Nancy Pelosi has had a truly inspiring career and has aged gracefully.
Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy
Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States between 1901andd 1909. Beyond politics, Theodore Roosevelt was also an author, explorer, naturalist and soldier. He is considered one of the most influential politicians in American history and his face is depicted alongside Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson on Mount Rushmore.
Theodore Roosevelt got involved in politics at a young age, first making his mark with his efforts to halt corporate corruption issues. Today he is credited with changing America’s political system by putting the presidency at the center stage. While most images of Theodore Roosevelt depict his as a semi-heavys set man with a serious look on his face, pictures from his youth show a dapper young man.
Gold Miner Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. He served from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression and although he was hopeful that his presidency could turn things around for the economy, he faced lots of backlash from the community. Unfortunately, his presidency is often blamed for worsening the economy.
Before entering the world of politics, Herbert Hoover was a mining engineer. In the early photo of him above, he was just 23 years old and was working at a gold mining company in Perth, Australia. Looking fresh faced and happy, Herbert Hoover still looked good in old age too.
The Howard Dean Scream
You may know Howard Dean as the politician who had a pretty crazy outburst on stage the night of the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in 2004. If you’re not familiar, Howard Dean got a little over zealous while trying to pump up attendees. Rather than motivating the crowd, however, Howard Dean went red in the face and shouted out the names of all the states he promised to bring his campaign to—making him seem more like a deranged cheerleader than someone we’d want in charge of our politics. He closed our his schpeel with a loud “YEEEARGH!” which immediately turned into a meme and sealed the deal on his candidacy.
In his young years, however, Howard Dean looked pretty relaxed. With that glowing, tanned skin and a smug look on his face, perhaps he was vacationing? Either way, it seems like he could use a vacation these days too.
Car-Loving Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States and served from 1913 to 1921. During his eight-year tenure as President, he led the country through World War I and crafted the Versailles Treaty’s “Fourteen Points,” making for a pretty impressive resume.
Beyond politics, Woodrow Wilson was an avid car enthusiast. During his presidency, he and his wife took rides each day in his favorite car—a 1919 Pierce-Arrow. His love of cars inspired him to work towards improving the highways in America. Few photographs of a youthful Woodrow Wilson exist, but the image on the left shows how handsome he was in his early years. Although Woodrow Wilson aged gracefully, he suffered a series of massive strokes towards the end of his life and many his presidential duties had to be handled by his wife and staff.
Gerald Ford Could Have Been An NFL Star
Gerald Ford was an American politician who served as the 38th President in the mid-’70s. Gerald Ford also served as the Vice President, making him the only individual in American history to serve both roles.
Before his involvement in politics, Gerald Ford was a student-athlete in both high school and college. He attended the University of Michigan of a full-ride scholarship and played on the Wolverines. The team won national championships in both 1932 and 1933 and Ford received offers to play in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. Gerald Ford turned both offers down so he could coach football at Yale University, where he wanted to study law.
Bill de Blasio: NYC’s Mayor Then And Now
Bill de Blasio is an American politician and the current mayor of New York City. Bill de Blasio is best known for being concerned with the high level of economic inequality in New York City. He has worked to pass the Rent Act, which is working to stabilize the rent in the city and increase the supply of affordable housing.
While Bill de Blasio is a good looking man nearing his 60s, he was quite attractive in his younger years too. The picture above shows a young Bill de Blasio strolling through New York City. His casual gait, hands in his pockets, long hair, and full beard give him a super laid-back look.
The Original George Bush
George H. W. Bush is now 93 years old, making both photos of him above pretty old. But the photo of him in his U.S. Navy uniform has us swooning. While he would start his political career in the U.S. Navy, George H.W. Bush went on to be the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to being the President, he served as Vice President of the United States in the ’80s and was previously a congressman, ambassador, as well as Director of Central Intelligence.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush In Her Prime
Speaking of George H.W. Bush, it’s only right to mention the woman behind him. Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s life has been heavily political. Between her time as the Second Lady and First Lady, as well as being a mother to two sons both involved in politics, it has been a constant in her life.
She was born in New York and always enjoyed reading. While First Lady, she worked to advance the cause of literacy, founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
Barack Obama: First We Lead
Here’s President Barack Obama. As you’ll see, he was no stranger to politics. He served in the Illinois State Senate for seven years, and then went on to represent Illinois in the US Senate for three years before becoming the first African-American to serve as president.
Before going into politics, he was a community organizer in Chicago, a civil-rights lawyer and a professor. As you’ve probably noticed, Obama has gathered wrinkles and numerous gray hairs since becoming president, but he’s still a good-looking man. No mention of President Obama will ever be complete without a mention that he was the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was the 35th president of the United States. It was a time of turmoil: The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and the Bay of Pigs. Any one of those events could have been disastrous.
Before becoming a politician, JFK graduated from Harvard and then commanded a series of PT boats in the Pacific theater, as he served in the US Naval Reserve. His heroism was recognized with the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. After his return, he represented Massachusetts in the House of Representatives and the US Senate. You’ll recall that he also wrote the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Profiles in Courage. You can see how quickly the years of war and public office affected Kennedy’s appearance. Tragically, he was assassinated.
Bill Clinton’s Controversial White House Stay
A lot of positive things are associated with Bill Clinton. When he served as President of the United States, he was associated with a booming economy, the beginnings of the modern internet, and the whole technological boom. Before he became President, he was first the Attorney General and then Governor of Arkansas.
During his time as President, he was a very charismatic and vibrant individual. It’s no secret that he could seduce the ladies. He once considered a career as a musician. Instead, you can see how those years in politics have grayed his hair, and brought out all the wrinkles.
Eric Cantor Then And Now
Eric Cantor is a banker, lawyer, and politician. He served as the United States Representative for Virginia for more than 13 years. Eric Cantor began his political career early, working as an intern for Tom Bliley during in 19821 campaign. In 2019, after the health care reform bill passed, someone shot a bullet through Eric Cantor’s campaign office window. Although police ultimately ruled it was a random gunfire not intended for Eric Cantor, the politician recevied many threatening emails, which led to the arrest of a disgruntled protestor.
Martin O’Malley Is A Silver Fox
Look up the term ‘silver fox’ and there just might be a photo of Martin O’Malley there. Despite a long-standing career in the stressful world of politics, it doesn’t seem to show at all on Martin O’Malley’s face.
Martin O’Malley is an American politician who served as the 61st Governor of Maryland for eight years. Prior, he was the Mayor of Baltimore and the Third Councilman on the Baltimore City Council. In 2015, he announced he would run for President, but paused his campaign in 2016 after placing third in the Iowa caucuses. Martin O’Malley has been a popular political figure for his progressive stances on immigration, same-sex marriage, animal welfare, environmental issues, gun control, and capital punishment.
Chief Justice Earl Warren
Earl Warren was the 14th Chief Justice of the United States. Serving from 1953 to 1969, he is known for his liberal decision of the Warren Court. This outlawed segregation in public schools and was the catalyst in the evolution of many American laws regarding human rights.
Before Earl Warren served as Chief Justice, he graduated with a B.A. in political science and was admitted to the California bar in 1914. Following this, he was a U.S. Army officer in World War I until he was discharged in 1918.
Richard Nixon’s Stressful Presidency
Who knew Richard Nixon was such a dapper looking gentleman in his younger years? It’s hard to tell from the image on the right—but we guess that’s what being (almost) impeached will do to you.
Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States and the only president in American history to resign. When the Watergate scandal escalated, Nixon lost most of his political support and impeachment was likely inevitable. After his resignation, he spent decades working to rehabilitate his image.
Calvin Puts The “Cool” In Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President of the United States. He was well known for his response to the Boston Police Strike of 1919, which portrayed him as a decisive man, quick to take action. Calvin Coolidge was also known for being somewhat casual in his approach to politics. He had a very dry sense of humor and didn’t seem to take anything seriously. With that in mind, he was also known for restoring confidence in the middle class.
Justin Trudeau Has Been Hot Forever
You didn’t think we could forget Justi Trudeau, did you? At just 45 years old, Justin Trudeau is still very young but who could deny is striking good looks? The Canadian Prime Minister is widely considered one of the most attractive politicians today. It wasn’t until old photos of him in his young years circulated around the internet in early 2017, that everyone lost it. Just look at that thick head of hair and perfectly chiseled chin. Or those baby blue eyes. You gotta admit, the man is easy on the eyes. Looks aside though, Justin Trudeau has done a lot for his country and beyond. He uses his public status to promote a variety of causes, from youth programs to the Darfur crisis.
Chester A. Arthur
Who knew Chester A. Arthur was such an attractive young man in his earlier years? Chester A. Arthur was the 21st President of the United States. By embracing the cause of civil service reform, he grew increasingly popular. In the young photo on the left, Chester A. Arthur was amidst his career as a lawyer. He would eventually transition from law to politics, which looks like it may have taken a toll on him emotionally and physically. Towards the end of his short life, his health was very poor and he made only a small effort to the Republican party’s nomination.
Felipe VI Of Spain
Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbon y Grecia (got all of that?) is the King of Spain. At just 49 years old, he is still very young compared to his other political counterparts, but let’s face it—he’s been attractive forever.
Felipe undertook his constitutional duties in 1995 and has since represented Spain on a series of visits to Valencia and other Spanish communities. Beyond his official duties, Felipe also serves as Honorary President of several associations and foundations. As if his striking good looks and royal heritage weren’t enough, Felipe was also a member of the Spanish Olympics sailing team.
William H. Taft Before And After
The 27th President of the United States, William H. Taft had a long career in politics. He served as both President and the Chief Justice—the only person to have done both!
One look at William H. Taft’s jolly face on the right is enough to conjure thoughts of Santa Claus and maybe Coronel Sanders too. But before William H. Taft was a cherubic old man, he was pretty much a babe. Unfortunately, William H. Taft died prematurely from cardiovascular disease. To this day, he is still remembered for being the fattest president at 340 pounds.
Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, preceding Franklin D. Roosevelt after his death. When World War I erupted, he felt it was his duty to volunteer. Although he was two years older than the draft allowed, he helped organize his National Guard regiment, which was called into service. Harry S. Truman is well known for being the President who dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, ending World War II.
California Native: Jerry Brown
Jerry Brown is a San Francisco native, with a long political career. He was Governor of California, Attorney General, Secretary of State, as well as Mayor of Oakland. With a degree from Yale Law School, she was also a lawyer early on. Although his campaigns for President of the United States failed, Brown won the trust of many California voters with his democratic stance.
While in office as both Governor and Mayor, Brown was a bachelor and attracted the interest of many high-profile women, including singer Linda Ronstadt. He also reportedly dated Arianna Huffington in 1980, actress Natalie Wood in 1971, as well as famous actress and former fashion model Candice Bergen. You could say that good looks and power will get you far in life.
War & Politics: The Scars Of John McCain
John McCain is a Senator who serves the state of Arizona. He also served two terms as a Congressman. His campaigns to be President of the United States was unsuccessful. McCain is a Veteran and a former-POW, who served in the US Navy with courage and distinction. Tortured and held captive for so many years, his war-time experience left him memories and deep scars.
McCain was attractive in his younger days. Then, politics and war both actively left scars upon him. During one of his Presidential campaigns, he famously said, “I am older than dirt and have more scars than Frankenstein.”