If Charlotte Pastor Mark Harris is elected to the U.S. Senate next year, he will be a rare example of a member of the clergy be elected to the nation's upper chamber, according to Smart Politics blog.
Since the direct election of senators began 100 years ago, only three members of the clergy have been elected. They were Ohio Republican John Bricker (US Army Chaplain, elected 1946 and 1952), Missouri Republican John Danforth (Episcopal priest, 1976, 1982, 1988) and Arkansas Republican Tim Hutchinson (Southern Baptist pastor, 1996). Arkansas Democrat Kaneaster Hodges (Methodist, 1977) was appointed to the Senate.
Unlike Bricker, Danforth, and Hutchinson, Harris is launching a Senate bid without having previously held a political office, according to Smart Politics.