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MBAs in Government

  1. MBAs at the Pinnacle of Political Power
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    MBAs at the Pinnacle of Political Power

    Lawyers who pursue political careers are fairly common, but business leaders somewhat less so. Mitt Romney, who parlayed a career in private equity into a successful run as Massachusetts governor, is the exception that proves the rule. Ditto for Michael Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg Businessweek parent Bloomberg L.P. and New York City's mayor since 2002.

    Both Romney and Bloomberg launched their political careers after earning MBAs, in both cases from Harvard Business School. To find out just how many MBAs have ascended to prominent political positions, we searched the president's cabinet, Congress and all 50 state governors and turned up 34 former business school students.

    Harvard is the only business school that has produced a U.S. President (George W. Bush) and it is the most frequently mentioned alma mater on our list with four alumni. The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and the University of Detroit's Mercy business school are next with two alums each. The group is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans and includes 21 representatives, seven senators, and the governors of Delaware, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, and West Virginia.

    Note: This list is ordered by alma mater according to Bloomberg Businessweek's 2012 ranking of full-time MBA programs. Alumni from unranked schools are listed alphabetically.

    Michael Novatkoski contributed to this report.

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  2. Jack Markell
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    Jack Markell

    Democratic Governor, Delaware


    MBA: University of Chicago Booth School of Business

    Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
  3. Todd Young
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    Todd Young

    Republican Representative, Indiana


    MBA: University of Chicago Booth School of Business

    Photograph by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call
  4. John Garamendi
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    John Garamendi

    Democratic Representative, California


    MBA: Harvard Business School

    Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  5. Herb Kohl
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    Herb Kohl

    Democratic Senator, Wisconsin


    MBA: Harvard Business School

    Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
  6. John Lynch
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    John Lynch

    Democratic Governor, New Hampshire


    MBA: Harvard Business School

    Photograph by Elise Amendola/AP Photo
  7. Karen Mills
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    Karen Mills

    Administrator, Small Business Administration


    MBA: Harvard Business School

    Photograph by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
  8. David Scott
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    David Scott

    Democratic Representative, Georgia


    MBA: University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

    Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  9. Bob Dold
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    Bob Dold

    Republican Representative, Illinois


    MBA: Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

    Photograph by Gilbert R. Boucher II/Daily Herald/AP Photo
  10. John Hoeven
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    John Hoeven

    Republican Senator, North Dakota


    MBA: Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

    Photograph by Alex Wong/Getty Images
  11. Rick Snyder
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    Rick Snyder

    Republican Governor, Michigan


    MBA: University of Michigan Ross School of Business

    Photograph by Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg
  12. Pete Stark
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    Pete Stark

    Democratic Representative, California


    MBA: University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

    Photograph by Jeff Chiu/AP Photo
  13. Jim Matheson
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    Jim Matheson

    Democratic Representative, Utah


    MBA: UCLA Anderson School of Management

    Photograph by Jim Urquhart/AP Photo
  14. Steven Stivers
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    Steven Stivers

    Republican Representative, Ohio


    MBA: Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Photograph by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call
  15. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
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    Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    Republican Representative, Washington


    MBA: University of Washington Foster School of Business

    Photograph by Win McNamee/Getty Images
  16. William Keating
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    William Keating

    Democratic Representative, Massachusetts


    MBA: Boston College Carroll School of Management

    Photograph by Steven Senne/AP Photo
  17. David Schweikert
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    David Schweikert

    Republican Representative, Arizona


    MBA: Arizona State University Carey School of Business

    Photograph by Ralph Freso/AP Photo
  18. Kent Conrad
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    Kent Conrad

    Democratic Senator, North Dakota


    MBA: George Washington University School of Business

    Photograph by Cliff Owen/AP Photo
  19. Dan Boren
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    Dan Boren

    Democratic Representative, Oklahoma


    MBA: University of Oklahoma Price College of Business

    Photograph by Bill Clark/QC Roll Call/Getty Images
  20. Vern Buchanan
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    Vern Buchanan

    Republican Representative, Florida


    MBA: University of Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration

    Photograph by Bill Clark/QC Roll Call/Getty Images
  21. Thomas Carper
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    Thomas Carper

    Democratic Senator, Delaware


    MBA: University of Delaware Lerner College of Business & Economics

    Photograph by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images
  22. Henry Cuellar
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    Henry Cuellar

    Democratic Representative, Texas


    MBA: Texas A&M International University Sanchez School of Business

    Photograph by Charles Dharapak/AP Photo
  23. Jim DeMint
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    Jim DeMint

    Republican Senator, South Carolina


    MBA: Clemson University College of Business & Behavioral Science

    Photograph by Alex Wong/Getty Images
  24. Michael Enzi
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    Michael Enzi

    Republican Senator, Wyoming


    MBA: University of Denver Daniels College of Business

    Photograph by Chris Maddaloni/QC Roll Call/Getty Images
  25. Bill Flores
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    Bill Flores

    Republican Representative, Texas


    MBA: Houston Baptist University School of Business

    Photograph by Bill Clark/QC Roll Call/Getty Images
  26. Ruben Hinojosa
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    Ruben Hinojosa

    Democratic Representative, Texas


    MBA: University of Texas - Pan American College of Business Administration

    Photograph by Tom Williams/QC Roll Call/Getty Images
  27. Paul LePage
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    Paul LePage

    Republican Governor, Maine


    MBA: University of Maine Maine Business School

    Photograph by Craig Dilger/The New York Times via Redux
  28. Kevin McCarthy
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    Kevin McCarthy

    Republican Representative, California


    MBA: California State University, Bakersfield School of Business & Public Administration

    Photograph by Tom Williams/QC Roll Call/Getty Images
  29. Steve Pearce
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    Steve Pearce

    Republican Representative, New Mexico


    MBA: Eastern New Mexico University College of Business

    Photograph by Bill Clark/QC Roll Call/Getty Images
  30. Gary Peters
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    Gary Peters

    Democratic Representative, Michigan


    MBA: University of Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration

    Photograph by Jeffrey Sauger/Bloomberg
  31. Scott Rigell
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    Scott Rigell

    Republican Representative, Virginia


    MBA: Regent University School of Business & Leadership

    Photograph by Alex Wong/Getty Images
  32. Loretta Sanchez
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    Loretta Sanchez

    Democratic Representative, California


    MBA: American University Kogod School of Business

    Photograph by Alex Gallardo/AP Photo
  33. John Thune
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    John Thune

    Republican Senator, South Dakota


    MBA: University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business

    Photograph by Alex Wong/Getty Images
  34. Earl Tomblin
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    Earl Tomblin

    Democratic Governor of West Virginia


    MBA: Marshall University College of Business

    Photograph by Randy Snyder/AP Photo
  35. Michael Turner
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    Michael Turner

    Republican Representative, Ohio


    MBA: University of Dayton School of Business Administration

    Photograph by Michael Appleton/The New York Times via Redux