Throughout the history of our presidents, we’ve had 10 governors, 7 senators, 6 cabinet members, 5 vice presidents (not including 9 who assumed the presidency after the death or resignation of the president), 4 general officers, 2 house members, 1 president with no political or military experience (Donald Trump), and 0 mayors.
Despite this, we have three mayors right now: Pete Buttigieg, Bill de Blasio, and Wayne Messam. In addition to this, though there have been two former house member presidents, the last one was in 1880 yet we have 6 house member candidates: Beto O’Rourke, Tulsi Gabbard, John Delaney, Eric Swalwell, Seth Moulton, and Tim Ryan. That’s a quarter of the Democratic field.
Senators are not much better off. Though Senators are often nominated, only two Senators have become president since 1960. Since then, there have been four governors and four vice presidents elected, however, two of those vice presidents took office after the death and resignation of two presidents.
Donald Trump’s win despite his lack of experience has also encouraged a couple of other inexperienced Democrats to run: Marianne Williamson, an author, and Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur.
At this time, the top five candidates from a few recent polls are Joe Biden, Vice President, Bernie Sanders, Senator, Elizabeth Warren, Senator, Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, and Kamala Harris, Senator.
Highest previous position of all U.S. presidents
|President||First took office||Highest previous position|
|John Adams||1797||Vice President|
|Thomas Jefferson||1801||Vice President|
|John Quincy Adams||1825||Cabinet|
|Martin Van Buren||1837||Vice President|
|William Henry Harrison||1841||Senate|
|John Tyler||1841||Vice President*|
|James K. Polk||1845||Governor|
|Zachary Taylor||1849||Major general|
|Millard Fillmore||1850||Vice President*|
|Andrew Johnson||1865||Vice President*|
|Ulysses S. Grant||1869||General**|
|Rutherford B. Hayes||1877||Governor|
|Chester Arthur||1881||Vice President*|
|Theodore Roosevelt||1901||Vice President*|
|William Howard Taft||1909||Cabinet|
|Warren G. Harding||1921||Senate|
|Calvin Coolidge||1923||Vice President*|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt||1933||Governor|
|Harry S. Truman||1945||Vice President*|
|John F. Kennedy||1961||Senate|
|Lyndon B. Johnson||1963||Vice President*|
|Richard Nixon||1969||Vice President|
|Gerald Ford||1974||Vice President*|
|George Bush||1989||Vice President|
|George W. Bush||2001||Governor|
|Donald Trump||2017||No political or military experience|
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