TV personality Jerry Springer died Thursday at the age of 79. Most known for hosting his long-running, tabloid-heavy eponymous talk show, Springer also served as the mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, prior to his TV gig.
And long before the rise of Donald Trump from the realm of reality TV, Springer entered the political fray when he considered running in the Ohio Senate race in 2003. Later, during the Trump presidency, there was talk of him running for governor of the Buckeye State.
Here are some of CQ Roll Call’s archival photos of Springer and his flirtations with the political sphere in the early 2000s.