Clay Aiken, "American Idol" Singer
In this May 6, 2014 file photo, Clay Aiken speaks to supporters during an election night watch party in Holly Springs, N.C. Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
Ronald Reagan, Actor
California Governor, 1967-75 and U.S. President, 1981-89.
Clint Eastwood, Actor and Director
Mayor of Carmel, Calif., 1986-88.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Actor
California Governor, 2003-11.
Jesse Ventura, Wrestler
Minnesota Governor, 1999-2003.
Shirley Temple Black, Actor
U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, 1974-76; U.S. Chief of Protocol, 1976-77; U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, 1989-92.
Al Franken, Actor and Comedian
U.S. Senator (Minn.), 2009 to present.
Fred Thompson, Actor
U.S. Senator (Tenn.), 19942003.
Sheila Kuehl, Actor
Member California Assembly, 1994-2000; Member California Senate, 2000-08.
Sonny Bono, Singer
Mayor of Palm Springs, Calif., 1988-92; U.S. Congress (Calif.), 1995-98.
Helen Gahagan Douglas, Actor
U.S. Congress (Calif.), 1945-51.
George Murphy, Actor and Dancer
U.S. Senator (Calif.), 1965-71.
"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken's win in the Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat brings to mind other entertainers who were elected to public office as a second act in their lives.