If elections are a contest of which party can elect the strangest candidates (full disclosure: they are not), Republicans might be the winners in the spate of elections happening around the US midterms. Between a guy who made overseas headlines because of Bigfoot erotica and a self-styled ‘pimp’ (his words) who died three weeks before he was elected, the Republicans are doing quite well for themselves on this front. The Dems aren’t completely out of the race though: say hello to Nathan Johnson.

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Nathan Johnson won the vote in Texas Senate District 16 with 54.1% of the vote, beating out the incumbent, Republican senator Don Huffines, who took 45.9%. Well done, Nathan.

Nathan has a physics degree from the University of Arizona. He also has a law degree from the University of Texas. He has done pro-bono work for human rights organisations from the law firm that he co-founded. Also, he also composed a chunk of the music for Dragon Ball Z.

While perhaps not so strange as being dead, it seems like a remarkable transition to go from doing the music an (admittedly kickass) anime series to being in the Texas legislature. For the big DBZ-heads who I know are just dying to know specifically which ones he did, Johnson’s credits are episodes 1 – 63 of the English dub of the series, and the English dubs of the 2nd, 3rd, 10th, 12th, and 13th movies (that’s The World’s Strongest, Tree of Might, Broly – Second Coming, Fusion Reborn, and Wrath of the Dragon).

The English dub of the latest of his works, Wrath of the Dragon, was released in 2006, so while it’s not particularly recent, it’s also not exactly ancient history. What a truly inspirational story: truly you can compose music for a shouty, fighty cartoon and enter state government as a moderate Democrat, which, I think we can all agree, is the dream.