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It's A Long Stretch From U.S. House To White House

April 8, 1999

No sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives has been elected to the presidency in this century -- and none has even won so much as a major-party nomination.

  • Seven presidents in this century used the vice presidency as their spring-board to the Oval office.
  • Six were governors directly before entering the White House.
  • Two came from the Senate, two from cabinet jobs and one was a military general.

The last House member to be elected president was Ohio GOP Rep. James A. Garfield, elected in 1880.

Source: John Harwood, "Kasich's Presidential Hopes Face Familiar Hurdles," Wall Street Journal, April 8, 1999.


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