Working in Congress can be tough, but it might be a breeze compared to some of the jobs lawmakers had before they came to the Capitol. With all the talk about the American Jobs Act, ITK wanted to know how some senators got their start.
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCornyn: Border wall 'makes absolutely no sense' in some areas Ryan on border: ‘We will get this done’ Ryan tours Mexican border on horseback MORE’s (R-Texas) first paying gig was pumping gas at a San Antonio station in high school.
While Sen. John McCainJohn McCainDrug importation won't save dollars or lives Dem rep Charlie Crist files for divorce Why the GOP cannot sweep its Milo scandal under the rug MORE (R-Ariz.) was busy delivering The Washington Post for his first gig, which he says with a smile “put me off on the wrong foot for the rest of my life,” Sen. Jack ReedJack ReedA guide to the committees: Senate Cruz: Supreme Court 'likely' to uphold Trump order Schumer: Trump should see 'handwriting on the wall,' drop order MORE (D-R.I.) was getting up close and personal with plenty of pineapples, saying, “I think I was about 15 or 16 — my mother and my aunt came home and announced that they had gotten me a job at a fruit store.”
Despite her boss telling her she was “as green as grass,” Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) says her stint as a waitress at a family friend’s restaurant might have served as the perfect training ground for a future politician: “Part of being a waitress is that you have to approach people you don’t know, talk to them, engage them in conversation and make it worthwhile for them. That’s where I discovered I liked talking to people I don’t know.”
Snowe may have been handling food, but Sen. Dick Lugar was the one gathering it. The Indiana Republican remembers earning 10 cents an hour pulling volunteer corn out of the soybeans on his father’s farm.
And while some say politics can be a dirty business, Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report Back to the future: Congress should look to past for Fintech going forward CNN to host town hall featuring John McCain, Lindsey Graham MORE (R-S.C.) and Bob CorkerBob CorkerA guide to the committees: Senate Republicans play clean up on Trump's foreign policy GOP Congress unnerved by Trump bumps MORE (R-Tenn.) know about cleaning up real messes. When he was 13, Corker was “picking up trash at a playground.”
Graham also got his hands dirty as a janitor at Clemson University. The senator said he learned some important lessons from that summer job, including, “I’m not really good at getting up at 4:30 in the morning.” And as far as cleaning goes, Graham simply says, “That was not a good career path for me.”