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13 Celebrities Turned Politicians Besides Trump

2. Melissa Gilbert

On the flip side, Melissa Gilbert, known for the heart-warming, squeaky clean series Little House on the Prairie, is a Democrat candidate for Michigan’s 8th congressional district, after announcing her bid to run in 2015. Gilbert aims to defeat Republican representative Mike Bishop and has labeled her campaign a “fight for working families.” The long-time actress and director starred in 206 episodes of the NBC series, and was active in film and television since 1967. She whet her political teeth as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005.

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