Business Politics

Politicians: Law to Government

Several politicians have taken a career shift from being lawyers and becoming politicians. Of the forty-two presidents of the United States, twenty-four of them are lawyers. Among them include John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Pierce, Abraham Lincoln, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Bill Clinton. Based on statistics, 57% of the American Presidents hold degrees in law.

In addition, the current members of the United States Congress are composed of 540 elected officials of whom 435 are members of the House of Representatives and 100 members belong to the Senate. Taking a look into its demographic based on occupational background, majority of the members of the U.S. Senate are lawyers. Out of one hundred U.S. Senators, fifty-six are law degree holders, of whom forty-nine were able to practice law. Thus, 56% of the members of the U.S. Senate have come from the legal career path while 19% consists of career politicians; 4% comes from the medical practitioners; military men make up 2%; and the rest of the pie belongs to those who come from the business world.

Apparently, several lawyers follow a premeditated career path that leads to the world of politics. Everyday, politicians make and pass laws; they review and revise them, and at times, dispute them. Akin to how lawyers work in diverse legal settings, the politicians’ medium in carrying out their directives is the law. Whether in private practice, in public practice or in academia, they all have one thing in common – they all deal with legislation.