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Pete Gallego

10 jobs that launch congressional candidates

WASHINGTON With an actress, an opera singer and a former NFL-linebacker jockeying for Congress, it's again apparent that there's no professional barrier to mounting a congressional, or even a Senate, campaign.

But the best candidates are really the ones with the best personalities.

Indeed, the desire to seek federal office often attracts a certain kind of person. As Democratic former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh recently told CQ Roll Call, "Not too many people get elected to the U.S. Senate if you suffer from low esteem."

Some professions are well enough represented in Congress to begin their own professional associations on Capitol Hill (see the GOP...