Aug 8, 2015 11:46 AM
Get elected as a state governor
20 of our former presidents served first as state govenors before running for higher office -- though one of them, William Howard Taft, was governor of the Phillipines, a U.S. territory at the time.
This makes being a governor the most common path to the presidency but not by a large margin. Almost as many former presidents - 17 in all - came to the role after serving in the U.S. Senate, including current President Barack Obama.
And in many cases, former presidents served in multiple roles before getting elected to the highest office, including service in their state legislatures.