Dartmouth College boasts six alumni who are Congress members

Congress members are some of the most important figures in U.S. politics, as these professionals control financial and budgetary policy, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals who wish to launch careers in this field may benefit from attending a school that boasts alumni who work in politics.

For example, four Dartmouth College alumni were sworn into the 112th U.S. Congress in January of 2011. The New Hampshire-based school reports that Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Rob Portman (R-OH), and Representatives Charles Bass (R-NH) and John Carney (D-DE) join Dartmouth graduates Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA) in Congress.

"In and out of the classroom, Dartmouth continues to encourage and develop our students' aspirations to engage in public policy and use their talents to solve the problems confronting our society, from their local communities to the international stage," said Andrew Samwick, director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center. "Our country is fortunate to have the best of the brightest committed to public service and serving in leadership positions."

According to the Federal Register, Congress members can earn more than $160,000 per year. 

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