6 Charts Compare Background of U.S. Presidents With That Of 2016 Hopefuls - And One Trend Stands Out
When Gov. Scott Walker stepped into the national spotlight as a potential candidate for President of the United States, he stirred up a debate about the value of a college degree.
Thanks to our friends at National Journal, you can learn all about the educational and career backgrounds of the 2016 presidential candidates in one place:
1. Educational Background
2. Career Prior to Politics
Some of the candidates have made big money in their respective careers. The wealthiest candidate is Donald Trump with a net worth of $4 billion. Fiorina is the next wealthiest, at $80 million, while Bernie Sanders holds the lowest estimated net worth at $330,507.
Carson and Paul could be historical anomalies if elected, as no doctor has ever been president before.
It is worth noting that nine of the candidates are lawyers, and only three candidates in the 2016 field have any military experience: Rick Perry, Jim Webb and Lindsey Graham.
3. Prior Political Experience
Given the current slate of candidates, Fiorina and Clinton will be the 13th and 14th women to run for the office. The first, Victoria Woodhull, ran in 1872 and again in 1892.
How do all of these facts compare to previous presidents?
4. Educational Background
5. Career Prior to Politics
6. Prior Political Experience
The last candidate for president who made it to the Oval Office with no college degree was Harry S. Truman.