State Rep: My Hooters Career Got Me Where I Am Today

Tennessee lawmaker credits restaurant with much of her success

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 9, 2011 10:56 AM CST

(Newser) – Julia Hurley won her position as a state representative in the November election thanks in large part to one thing: her experience as a Hooters girl. "If I could make it at Hooters, I could make it anywhere," Hurley writes in Hooters magazine, in a piece picked up by the AP. “I have taken quite a bit of flak from the public at large during my run for State House in Tennessee for being a Hooters Girl. But I know that without that time in my life I would not be as strong-willed and eager to become successful."

Hurley, a 29-year-old Southern Baptist and NRA member, beat the Democratic incumbent to make her entry into politics. She says opponents tried to make her prior employment an issue during the campaign—she also worked as a model—but ultimately they failed. Her former regular customers (she is now a consultant/entrepreneur) also helped her achieve victory by making campaign contributions. Amusingly, the AP notes that other than Hurley’s column, the magazine mostly features pictures of scantily-clad Hooters girls. Click for 5 facts about Julia Hurley.

In a Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 photo, state Rep. Julia Hurley gathers her papers on the House floor in Nashville, Tenn.
In a Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 photo, state Rep. Julia Hurley gathers her papers on the House floor in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
Chinese waitresses dressed in short orange shorts and  t-shirts, are seen dancing on the chairs and cheering the guests at the Hooters restaurant in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 10, 2007.
Chinese waitresses dressed in short orange shorts and t-shirts, are seen dancing on the chairs and cheering the guests at the Hooters restaurant in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 10, 2007.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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