Jesse Ventura born James George Janos , July 15, is an American politician, political commentator, author, actor, and retired professional wrestler who served as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota , from to and the 38th governor of Minnesota from to He was the first and only candidate of the Reform Party to win a major government office. Ventura was a member of the U. Ventura first entered politics in when he was elected mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota , a position he held until Ventura was the Reform Party candidate in the Minnesota gubernatorial election , running a low-budget campaign centered on grassroots events and unusual ads that urged citizens not to "vote for politics as usual". In a major upset, Ventura narrowly defeated both the Democratic and Republican nominees. The highest official to ever win an election on a Reform Party ticket, he left the party a year after taking office amid internal fights for control over the party. Since holding public office, Ventura has colloquially called himself a statesman rather than a politician.
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Ventura joined the U. His first foray into politics was as mayor of Brooklyn Park — In the late s he worked as a radio shock jock. In Ventura ran for governor of Minnesota as the Reform Party candidate. Support for his campaign quickly grew, in part owing to his offbeat television ads in one a Jesse Ventura action figure battled another figure named Evil Special Interest Man and his perceived honesty. His surprise victory made him the first Reform Party candidate in the country to win statewide office. As governor, he made good on a pledge to support tax rebates and, rather than doling out government posts as rewards, staffed his cabinet with qualified persons across the political spectrum. Buoyed by strong ratings, he even toyed with the idea of running for president in Citing political infighting and poor leadership, Ventura left the Reform Party in and subsequently joined the Independence Party.
He served in the Navy for six years — four on active duty, two in the Naval Reserves — and he is a Vietnam veteran. After his discharge, he attended North Hennepin Community College and then began an year career as a professional wrestler. He served as mayor of Brooklyn Park from to He has worked as a professional broadcaster for 11 years and an actor for 11 years.