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Slideshow: From kitchen to Congress

Half of all adults have worked in the restaurant industry, and one of three had their first job in a restaurant. Many restaurant workers become managers and owners.

Some have even made the jump from the front- and back-of-the-house to the House of Representatives.

Did you know Rep. Paul Ryan worked at a Mexican restaurant when he first arrived in DC? Or that Rep. Henry Cuellar washed dishes to pay for college?

Before serving in Congress, these 10 policymakers served up burgers, ice cream and brews.

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