How does one become a politician?

does it require to certain majors in college? previous working experience? what is the basic position and where to find it? how long does it usually take before receiving any incomes to become a politician?

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  • Jay
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    There are no educational requirements to be a politician. All you need is support to run. Who this support comes from depends on the office. Once you have enough people that support you, they need to sign a petition to add you to the ballot. You pay a fee and, presto, people can vote for you.

    You, of course, need to campaign.

    Once you take office, if it's a paying office (some local positions don't pay), you'll get paid almost immediately. Even where it pays, most local offices don't pay very much. Unless you make it to Congress/Senate or are governor, don't expect much money. Even so, it's not a lot when compared to what's possible in the private sector.

    You'd better your chances, of course, by studying law. This is a credential that might help you, but it's definitely not required. Also consider political science or history.

  • timpe
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Politician Education Requirements

  • 1 decade ago

    Politics is frankly a popularity contest. You have to have thick skin and know the right people.

    Sadly, it's not WHAT you know, it's WHO you know.

    Start out locally and see if you like it. Sometimes there are no candidates running for certain seats, or at least no opposition. They say the first one on the list gets the majority of the votes of those who do not have a preference and just "pick one".

    It's not for everyone and you can never please all the people.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All you need to do is "run" for a particular office. It helps that you have money and are established in the community with name recognition to win. Anyone can run for President as long as you are 35 years of age and you were born in the United States.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If your willing to sell your soul. Run for office

    If you don't care about being popular, you'll fail. This was the only thing Bush did wrong was not kiss the liberals butts!

  • Jane
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Its the nature of the job,, the taste of the good life is hard to give up so politicians become self centred and greedy..

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, the Governor of Illinois used to be a bookie so you can be just about anything you want to be. 'Specially if you are from Illinois

  • Dan
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    You will have to learn to be one sorry piece of manure. If You kill Your girl friend, steal millions, hate the USA, and it helps a lot if You dig up dead people in Chicago to vote.

    If You are a worthless person, We will vote for You.

    Source(s): Now it helps if Your from Kenya.
    • Vernon5 years agoReport

      1)You will have to learn to be one sorry piece of manure. (most Americans in politics)
      2)If You kill Your girl friend, (Drew and Scott Petersen, both White guys)
      3)steal millions,(Bernie Madoff, White guy)
      4)hate the USA (everyone else)
      5)Now it helps if Your from Kenya. (apparently not...)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    That 18 year old or whatever became mayor. I doubt it really takes much...I think it's really all about connections...who you know is important.

  • bill
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    You must do 2 Years in prison to learn the ropes.

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