Resort vacations for Thus, Polk entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he excelled and discovered an interest in law. Following his legal training, Polk continued practicing law until beginning his political career with a seat in the lower house of the Tennessee state legislature in 1822. By 1825, Polk was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives where he served two terms as Speaker of the House. Polk resigned from the House to run for governor of Tennessee, an office he held for just one term. Despite losing his bid for re-election to governor in both 1841 and 1843, as well as a failed bid for the vice-presidential nomination in 1840, the Democratic party nominated Polk for president in 1844. Resort vacations 2016.