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Decision 2006: Sports Figures Running For Office

As voters across the U.S. head to the polls today, numerous figures from the sports world are running for office. Bucks Owner and U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) is up for re-election, NFL HOFer Lynn Swann is challenging Ed Rendell for the governorship in Pennsylvania and former NFL QB Heath Shuler is running for Congress in North Carolina, marking three of the many sports figures who are bidding for public office today. The chart below, courtesy of The Hotline, shows more from that list.

STATE
CANDIDATE
SPORT
NOTES
Running For Governor
California Arnold Schwarzenegger - R Bodybuilding Seven-time Mr. Olympia
Florida Charlie Crist - R Football Wake Forest Univ.
Georgia Sonny Perdue - R Football Univ. of Georgia
Iowa Chet Culver - D Football Virginia Tech Univ.
Maryland Bob Ehrlich - R Football Princeton Univ.
Ohio Ken Blackwell - R Football Xavier Univ.
Pennsylvania Lynn Swann - R Football USC; Steelers; Pro Football HOFer
Rhode Island Don Carcieri - R Football Brown Univ.
Wisconsin Mark Green - R Swimming Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Running for Senate
Maryland Michael Steele - R Boxing Mike Tyson's former brother-in-law
Virginia George Allen - R Football Univ. of Virginia; son of Pro Football HOF coach George Allen
Wisconsin Herb Kohl - D Baskeball Bucks Owner
Running for Congress
Arizona District 1 Rick Renzi - R Football Northern Arizona Univ.
Arizona District 8 Randy Graf - R Golfer PGA of America member
Colorado District 4 Angie Paccione - D Basketball Stanford Univ.
Hawaii District 2 Bob Hogue - R Writer Sports Columnist
Indiana District 9 Baron Hill - D Basketball Furman Univ.; member of Indiana Basketball HOF
Kansas District 2 Jim Ryun - R Running Univ. of Kansas; three-time Olympian; '68 Silver Medalist
New York District 1 Italo Zanzi - R Baseball/
Handball/
Soccer
MLB VP/Int'l Broadcast Sales & Latin America/U.S. Hispanic Marketing; U.S. Handball Team member
North Carolina District 11 Heath Shuler - D Football Univ. of Tennessee; Redskins; Saints
Ohio District 4 Jim Jordan - R Wrestling Univ. of Wisconsin; two-time NCAA champion
Other Notables
Hawaii State Senate District 25 Fred Hemmings - R Surfing World Champion
Massachusetts State Auditor Joe DeNucci - D Boxing Former middleweight boxer
Nevada Secretary of State Danny Tarkanian - R Basketball Son of former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian
Texas 3rd Court of Appeals Mina Brees - D Football Mother of Saints QB Drew Brees

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