Penn State’s political junkies and aspiring politicians may have picked the right place to start their career in politics. According to a tracker created by the The Huffington Post, Penn State is currently the alma mater of nine current members of the United States Congress, making it the tenth largest producer of people with such a distinction.
Six members of Pennsylvania’s current delegation graduated from Penn State, including Glenn Thompson, who represents the congressional district that includes State College, PA-5. The two-term congressman recently brought James Franklin with him as a guest to the Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.
Other current office-holding Penn State alumni include:
- Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire)
- Tom Marino (R, PA-10)
- Scott Perry (R, PA-4)
- Michael Fitzpatrick (R, PA-8)
- Michael Doyle (D, PA-14)
- Joseph Heck (R, NV-3)
- Frank Wolfe (R, VA-10)
- Charles Dent (R, PA-15)
Yes, eight of the nine are Republicans.
In addition to these current members of Congress, Penn State has graduated other notable alumni in politics, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s brother and father, 2012 Presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn, and Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Defense William Perry.
Penn State is also alma mater of former Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Slobodan Uzelac and former Prime Minister of Bhutan Jigme Thinley, so if you have aspirations for a career in domestic or international politics, then your Penn State degree could help you make some friends with political clout.