By Peter Schroeder - 01/31/14 01:53 PM EST
Richard Cordray is reprising his role as a quiz show champion next Wednesday.
The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will appear on Jeopardy!, as part of the show’s “Battle of the Decades” special series where former champions return to compete.
Cordray was a five-time champion on the game show back in the 1980s, even becoming a semi-finalist on the show’s Tournament of Champions. President Obama noted that fact when he nominated the former Ohio attorney general to lead the agency in 2011.
Cordray won $45,303 during his run. That haul went toward a used car, paying off some law school debt and taking a trip to Northern California with a friend, according to Cordray.
And, well before becoming a public servant, Cordray made sure Uncle Sam got his due.
“I paid my taxes, which they chase you down to do before you even leave the set,” he joked in a video interview with the show.
But a used car and a trip weren’t all Cordray received for appearing on the program.
“I was surprised at how many people watch the show and recognized me,” he said. “I got a couple marriage proposals.”