The 7 Worst Political Hairdos

These Solons Need to Do a Little Better at the Salon

Image is everything in politics. Everyone knows that. 

Which is why it's so difficult to understand the absence of style, at least when it comes to hair, among many of the men and women who walk the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and statehouses across the United States.

There are plenty of bad hairdos to go around. But we've picked out seven of the worst.

Here they are, in no particular order.

James Traficant

James Traficant
Former U.S. Rep. James Traficant of Ohio. Getty Images

James Traficant is a former U.S. representative from Ohio. The Democratic lawmaker was known for many things: his conviction on charges of bribery, racketeering and tax evasion; his refusal of an attorney to represent him during his criminal case; but mostly his hair.

The unruly mop that sat atop Traficant's head was actually a toupee, The Associated Press discovered in 2002 when the convicted lawmaker was forced to give up his rug upon entering federal prison. Traficant died in a vehicle accident in 2014.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump
Real estate mogul, reality television star and onetime presidential aspirate Donald Trump. Getty Images

The Donald's do is somewhat of a mystery and subject of much speculation. Is it a rare double comb-over, as Vanity Fair once suggested? Is it a rug? The magazine described the scuttlebutt over real-estate mogul and onetime presidential hopeful Donald Trump's hair as a "long-standing New York mystery on a par with the disappearance of Judge Crater or the enduring popularity of Michael’s restaurant."

Trump's famous line on his hit television show The Apprentice was "You're fired."

He should utter these words to his stylist.

Rand Paul

Rand Paul
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Getty Images

The Charleston City Paper once described the phenomenon of U.S. Sen Rand Paul's hair thusly:

"Whenever Sen. Rand Paul is on TV, all of a sudden the Twitterverse is all a-twitter about Paul and his curiously coiffed head. You've seen it, right? It's like Shatner's rug matted with a baby lamb, which means that it's a thing of beauty."

So why does Paul's hair look the way it does? He cuts it himself, Business Insider reported in 2013. 

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Getty Images

The U.S. senator from Vermont is unique in that he's the only openly, self-described Democratic socialist in Congress. He's also unique for his wild shock of tangled white hair, which BuzzFeed once described as being part mad scientist Doc Brown's from Back to the Future, part author Mark Twain and part Albert Einstein.


Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson
London Mayor Boris Johnson. Getty Images

Yes, Boris Johnson is the mayor of London, and this site is dedicated to all political things American. But we couldn't resist. Look at that brilliantly bad head of hair. It's what makes Boris a brand.

And it's intentional.

As MSN reported in 2012:

"The truth is that the Boris cut is no accident of wind-gust, pillow-squash or unfortunate encounter with the scissors from the kitchen drawer." 

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Getty Images

If you look up to the term helmet hair in the dictionary, there he is: disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Jay Leno once joked that Blagojevich reminded him of Skippy from Family Ties.

Quipped David Letterman:

"It was so cold, that thing on Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's head went into hibernation."

Rick Perry

Rick Perry
Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Getty Images

We'll admit it right here: We weren't sure whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry's hair should be on the list of best hairdos of list of worst. We went with worst, even though his mane has been described by Gawker as "beautiful and lush, perfectly coiffed, and the source of his 10 straight election wins."

Perry's hair even has its own Twitter account, @GovPerrysHair.

One tweet reads: 

"Looking over at Rudy Giuliani, I'm glad to be on Rick Perry's head. I grieve for the hair that came and went on Rudy's head. #RIP"

Governor Goodhair, as he's known, is a failed Republican presidential hopeful in 2012, who was indicted by a grand jury on Aug. 15, 2014, on charges he abused the powers of his office. The charges have nothing to do with his hairdo, though we wonder.

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