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  • An individual who holds elective office at the local, state, or federal level. In the United States, politicians are elected, but other nations may have self-appointed or hereditary political leaders, as in a dictatorship or monarchy, respectively. It is common for politicians to come from the field of law and/or other elective offices. There are usually certain minimum qualifications for politicians to possess in order to run for office. For example, the U.S. Constitution's Article 2, Section 1 requires that the president be at least 35 years of age, a natural-born citizen of the United States, and a resident for the past 14 years. The term politician is also used metaphorically for someone who is adept at managing people or affairs for his or her ...

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