8 Celebrities Who Have Run for Political Office

6. Sonny Bono

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Sonny Bono is best known for being one half of the 1960s hippie pop duo Sonny and Cher. Cher, of course, would go on to be much more successful in the entertainment world, but you might not know that Sonny had a relatively successful career in politics. In the 1980s, Bono ran for mayor of the city of Palm Springs, Calif., and won, serving as mayor from 1988 to 1992.

During his time as mayor, he spearheaded the effort to put on the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which is still held every year in his honor. After running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in 1992, Bono was elected to the House of Representatives in 1995 as a Republican representative of California. He co-sponsored a House bill extending copyright, and though that didn’t pass, a similar bill passed after his death was named the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act in his memory. Bono is the only member of Congress ever to score a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

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