Originally Posted by GregInPrague
So they have to turn in their law licenses when they're in Congress? I'm pretty sure it's still totally legitimate to say they are lawyers. They might be non-practicing, but that doesn't make them "used to be" lawyers. I know I've heard politicians who are also MDs still being called doctors while they were in office.
From the musical Evita, during her Rainbow Tour:
Eva: Did you hear that? They called me a whore! They actually called me a whore!
Italian Admiral: But, Señora Perón, it's an easy mistake. I'm still called an admiral, though I gave up the sea long ago.